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Hand-wrist disorders among investment casting plant workers.

Authors
Silverstein-B; Fine-L; Stetson-D
Source
J Hand Surg 1987 Sep; 12(5)(Part 2):838-844
NIOSHTIC No.
00174689
Abstract
A follow up study of hand/wrist disorders was conducted among investment casting factory workers 3 years after the original 1983 study. Participants were divided into four exposure categories according to hand force requirements and repetitiveness characteristics of their jobs: low force, low repetitive; high force, low repetitive; low force, high repetitive; and high force, high repetitive. The same standardized interview and noninvasive physical examination performed in 1983 were repeated in 1986, and additional questions on job satisfaction were added to the interview. Of the 152 participants in the original study, 136 participated in the follow up; approximately 25 percent had different jobs in 1986. Thirty five percent of participants who had different jobs in 1986 were transferred because of hand/wrist disorders. Eleven percent of workers who had the same job during both surveys, had had temporary job changes due to disorders in the preceding 3 years. Transfer was more frequent for workers with high force and high repetitive jobs. No relationship between ergonomic changes and change in prevalence of chronic hand/wrist disorders was found.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-86-71758; Neuromotor-disorders; Workplace-studies; Job-analysis; Work-analysis; Ergonomics; Factory-workers
CODEN
JHSUDV
Publication Date
19870901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-86-71758
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0363-5023
Source Name
Journal of Hand Surgery
State
MI
Performing Organization
University of Michigan
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