HHE Report No. HETA-83-251-1685, Point Adams Packing Company, Hammond, Oregon.
NIOSH 1986 Apr; :1-11
Management of Point Adams Packing Company (PAPCO) (SIC-0912), Hammond, Oregon initiated a request for an evaluation concerning the excessive number of cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other musculoskeletal disorders suffered by filleters, trimmers, and slimers at the fish filleting facility. An ergonomic evaluation was conducted on June 6 and 7, 1983; 145 production workers were employed at that time. Based on observations and a review of videotapes and still photographs, the authors conclude that a combination of factors seems to be associated with the musculoskeletal injuries afflicting these workers. These included: workrate, awkward hand and wrist deviations, use of gloves that compromise grip strength, cold temperature, use of high muscular forces for prolonged periods, excessive workplace reaches and heights that stress shoulder muscles, and improper tool handle design. Recommendations are offered for workplace modification, tool redesign, and training with the ultimate goal of reducing or eliminating biomechanical hazards associated with the development of cumulative trauma disorders.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-83-251-1685; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; Back-injuries; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscular-disorders; Food-processing-industry; Hazard-Confirmed;
Author Keywords: commercial fishing; fish filleting; musculoskeletal disorders; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis; ergonomics; cumulative trauma
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-251-1685, 11 pages, 3 references