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HHE Report No. HETA-94-0214-2508, MCD, Inc., Anniston, Alabama.

Authors
Burt-S; Fairfield-Estill-C
Source
NIOSH 1995 May:27 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00228264
Abstract
In response to a management request, an investigation was begun into musculoskeletal disorders in workers on the microwave oven assembly lines. at MCD, Inc. (SIC-3631), Anniston, Alabama. The facility employed 242 workers on assembly line activities producing microwave ovens and dehumidifiers. Using available data from OSHA logs of recordable injuries and illnesses, the incidence rates for disorders associated with repeated trauma at this site exceeded the average for this industry. Most of these were tendon disorders of the upper extremities and carpal tunnel syndrome. Confidential interviews were conducted with 16 employees. Ergonomic evaluations were conducted of jobs which used tools, wiring jobs, conveyor assembly line, quality assurance jobs, and lifting jobs. Several physical ergonomic stressors were noted, including highly repetitive tasks, awkward postures resulting from workstation design, and production requirements for some jobs that may exceed acceptable levels for a mostly female workforce. The authors conclude that work related musculoskeletal disorders were occurring at MCD, Inc. The authors recommend that engineering controls and administrative controls be instituted to prevent and control musculoskeletal disorders.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0214-2508; Region-4; Hazard-Confirmed; Physical-stress; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Repetitive-work; Assembly-line-workers; Electronics-industry; Electronic-equipment; Cumulative-trauma-disorders;
Publication Date
19950501
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-270013
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-94-0214-2508
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
SIC Code
3631;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-94-0214-2508, 27 pages, 42 references
State
AL; OH;
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