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HHE Report No. HETA-87-428-2063, Anchor Swan Division, Harvard Industries, Inc., Bucyrus, Ohio.

Authors
Tanaka-S; Habes-D
Source
NIOSH 1990 Aug:21 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00195978
Abstract
In response to a request from the management of Anchor Swan Division (SIC-3079) of Harvard Industries, Inc., Bucyrus, Ohio, an investigation was made of the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among employees at the site. The facility employed about 600 workers in the manufacture of automotive, industrial and garden hoses. A self administered questionnaire concerning musculoskeletal symptoms was mailed to all employees. Responses indicated that employees in the formed hose department reported hand/wrist pain and other CTS related problems lasting for at least 4 days about twice as frequently as did workers in all other manufacturing departments, and ten times more often than did office workers and sales employees. An ergonomic evaluation of pin and cure job and other potentially high exposure jobs was conducted, including braiding in the industrial hose department, coupling in the plastic hose department, and cut, trim, pack and assembly in the formed hose department. Ergonomic analysis indicated that the pin and cure and brading jobs involved high levels of exposure to musculoskeletal stressors, that the coupling job had medium exposures, and that the cut, trim, pack and assemble had low to moderate exposures. The authors conclude that potential musculoskeletal hazards existed at the facility. The authors recommend specific measures to reduce the hazards.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-87-428-2063; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscle-function; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome;
Publication Date
19900801
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-151720
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-87-428-2063
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
SIC Code
3079;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-87-428-2063, 21 pages, 34 references
State
OH;
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