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Ergonomic assessment of trimming jobs at a shoe manufacturing plant.

Authors
Clark Burton-N; MacDonald-L; Fairfield-Estill-C
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1998 Apr; 13(4):208-211
NIOSHTIC No.
20031970
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH received a request from employees at a shoe manufacturing facility in West Virginia concerning exposure to ergonomic risk factors, including repetitive motion, and reports that employees in the trimming department were experiencing wrist, back, and shoulder pain. This plant produces men's welt sewn and cement glued shoes. Work related musculoskeletal disorders WRMDs have been found in previous studies to occur in workers whose jobs require repetitive movements, forceful exertions, and awkward body postures. WRMDs can affect the tendons, tendon sheaths, muscles, and nerves. Studies have shown that WRMDs can be precipitated or aggravated by activities that require repeated or stereotyped movements, forceful exertions, awkward postures, or exposure to hand arm vibration. Men's footwear, except at athletic SIC 3143 is listed among the Bureau of Labor Statistics industries with the highest nonfatal illness rates of disorders associated with repeated trauma, private industry, 1995. The 1995 incidence rate was 267.8 per 10,000 full-time workers.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Repetitive-work; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Posture; Footwear; Industrial-factory-workers; Industrial-processes; Industrial-ventilation
Contact
NIOSH 4676 Columbia Parkway Cincinnati Ohio 45226
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19980401
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Tharr-D
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3143
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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