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Reducing musculoskeletal injuries in rail operations.

Authors
Gallagher-S
Source
Holmes Saf Assn Bull 2008 Jan; :17-23
NIOSHTIC No.
20033537
Abstract
Rail operations have long involved heavy physical effort and work in awkward postures, both of which are major risk factors for musculoskeletal problems (particularly back injuries). However, there are many ways to reduce these risk factors, through improved design of switches, development and/or use of assist devices for physically demanding jobs, and better organization and design of rail yard facilities. As noted above, such improvements can reduce injury risk while enhancing productivity in rail operations.
Keywords
Railroad-industry; Railroads; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injury-prevention; Ergonomics; Back-injuries; Work-practices; Engineering-controls
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article; Lay Publication
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0271-3888
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Holmes Safety Association Bulletin
State
PA
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