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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-99-0025-2756, Oakes and Parkhurst Glass, Winslow, Maine.

Authors
Habes-DJ; Tubbs-RL; Driscoll-RJ
Source
NIOSH 1999 Oct; :1-30
NIOSHTIC No.
20000532
Abstract
On November 10, 1998, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a management request from Oakes and Parkhurst Glass in Winslow, Maine, to evaluate tasks and tools involved in the aftermarket installation of automotive windshields. There was concern that vibration exposure from some of the new power tools available to perform the task might lead to long term musculoskeletal and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HVAS) problems among the workers. The company also was seeking help in developing an accident and injury prevention program. The use of vibrating tools to cut through windshield adhesive was associated with awkward postures of the arm, shoulder, and wrist, and with acceleration levels restricting the amount of time the vibrating tools could be used daily. Lifting and setting windshield glass in place without the assistance of another worker was determined to be beyond the capabilities of all but the strongest workers.
Keywords
Pneumatic-tools; Vibration-effects; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-1
Publication Date
19991001
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-103335
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-99-0025-2756
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
SIC Code
7536
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; ME
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