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HHE Report No. HETA-89-251-1997, Cargill Poultry Division, Buena Vista, Georgia.

Authors
Hales-TR; Fine-L
Source
NIOSH 1989 Nov; :1-45
NIOSHTIC No.
00193972
Abstract
In response to a request from OSHA, an evaluation was made of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) reported among employees at the Cargill Poultry Division (SIC-2016), Buena Vista, Georgia. The facility produced boneless chicken products for wholesale distribution. There were two shifts in operation. The first shift slaughtered, eviscerated, dissected, deboned, and packaged chickens. The second shift only dissected, deboned, and packaged. Most of the 490 workers were employed in the deboning department. There were 143 upper extremity (UE) CTDs recorded on the OSHA 200 Logs during 1988. Questionnaires were given to 112 workers selected by job title. Based on the findings along with physical examinations of these 112 workers, a high prevalence of UE CTDs, particularly of the hand/wrist type, was found among current employees. There was a high employee turnover at this facility. Several steps had been taken by the company to curb CTD problems at this site. The authors conclude that an upper extremity cumulative trauma disorder hazard existed at this facility. The authors recommend specific measures to prevent or reduce morbidity.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-4; HETA-89-251-1997; Hazard-Confirmed; Ergonomics; Work-practices; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Food-processing-industry; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry;
Publication Date
19891101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-183989
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-89-251-1997
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
SIC Code
2016
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-89-251-1997, 45 pages, 19 references
State
GA; OH
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