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A precursor to ergonomics best practices for the shipyard industries.

Authors
Hudock-SD; Wurzelbacher-SJ; Reed-LD; Hales-TR; Siegfried-KV
Source
J Ship Production 2001 Aug; 17(3):145-150
NIOSHTIC No.
20021760
Abstract
Many of the job processes being performed today in ship construction, repair and recycling yards do not differ significantly from those same processes as performed fifty years ago. The complexity of vessels may have increased dramatically in the past fifty years but many of the job processes have not kept pace with changes in technology. Due in part to the mismatch of technology between work processes and product design, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in collaboration with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and the Martitime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), have conducted a series of ergonomic analyses of work processes at a number of domestic shipyards. These analyses have identified specific work processes within the shipyards that have resulted in numerous, severe, or costly muscoloskeletal injuries to the shipyard workforce. The mitigation of the occupational risk factors associated with these processes was the focus of targeted ergonomic interventions.
Keywords
Shipbuilding-industry; Shipyard-industry; Shipyards; Ergonomics; Work-practices; Musculoskeletal-system; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Engineering-controls
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Publication Date
20010801
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
8756-1417
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Disease and Injury; Work Environment And Workforce; Musculoskeletal -System - disorders
Source Name
Journal of Ship Production
State
OH
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