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Using ergonomics in the prevention of musculoskeletal cumulative trauma injuries in agriculture: learning from the mistakes of others.

Authors
Meyers-J; Bloomberg-L; Faucett-J; Janowitz-I; Miles-JA
Source
J Agromed 1995 Jul; 2(3):11-24
NIOSHTIC No.
20032750
Abstract
Cumulative traumatic disorders, or CTDs, among the most pressing occupational health issues facing employers today. Research has identified the risk factors associated with CTDs and there is now a body of literature that supports the use of specific measures - ergonomic measures, as well as other control strategies - to reduce these injuries. To date, little work has been done on applying these principles to agriculture, although as an industry, it shares the known risk factors and job demands with other high risk settings that have successfully utilized this research literature. However, agricultural employers will soon be required to institute control strategies - and they are largely unprepared to initiate such strategies. This paper outlines the lessons gleaned from successful efforts and makes an argument for applying those lessons to agriculture.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Ergonomics; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Contact
James Meyers:Center for occupational and environmental health, school of public health, University of California, Berkeley, Ca 94720
Publication Date
19950731
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1055222
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-906162
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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