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Ergonomic evaluation of frank hangers at a turkey processing plant.

Authors
Ramsey-J; Gibbins-J
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):112
NIOSHTIC No.
20035654
Abstract
The HHE Program responded to a union request at a poultry pro­cessing plant. The request con­cerned potential ergonomic haz­ards resulting from job tasks in the deli division. HHE Program investi­gators observed frank hanging and frank removing tasks and inter­viewed workers about both their work and medical history. The investigators found that workers use awkward postures and perform heavy lifting, which increase their risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. Investigators found that workers reported musculoskeletal pain and discomfort in their back and shoulders when hanging and removing franks. HHE Program investigators recommended that managers provide workers with taller platforms in both the raw and cooked production areas to reduce awkward postures. Investigators also recommended that managers rotate workers from lifting to non­lifting jobs to limit lifting tasks to less than two hours per rotation. HHE Program investigators recom­mended that employees take spe­cific measures to minimize horizon­tal reach distance while working. Investigators also recommended that employees take the time to work safely and lift properly. The final report is available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0098-3061.pdf.
Keywords
Region-9; Hazard-Confirmed; Meat-handlers; Meat-packing-industry; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Repetitive-work; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Injury-prevention; Poultry-industry; Poultry-workers; Arm-injuries; Author Keywords: Poultry Processing; hanging franks; repetitive motions; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; ergonomics; shoulder pain
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20090101
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
NAICS-311615
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
CA; OH
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