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Ergonomic evaluation of workers at a cabinet mill and assembly plant.

Authors
Ramsey-J; Dang-B; Habes-DJ
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):112-113
NIOSHTIC No.
20035656
Abstract
The HHE program responded to a management request at a cabinet mill and assembly plant. The request concerned potential ergonomic hazards resulting from job tasks. HHE program investigators performed walk-through surveys at both facilities and interviewed workers about their work and medical history. The investigators found that workers use high force, awkward postures, and repetitive motions, all of which increase their risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders. Investigators also reviewed OSHA injury logs and workers' compensation data and determined that most injuries were musculoskeletal disorders involving the upper extremities. HHE program investigators recommended that managers provide adjustable tables and carts to reduce the physical stresses that employees endure during work activities. Investigators also recommended that the facility consider improving tool design to reduce vibration and to decrease the force required to handle and operate tools effectively. The final report is available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0038-3057.pdf.
Keywords
Region-9; Hazard-Confirmed; Repetitive-work; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscular-disorders; Ergonomics; Woodworking; Woodworking-industry; Back-injuries; Arm-injuries; Hand-injuries; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Materials-handling; Manual-materials-handling; Manual-lifting; Author Keywords: Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing; repetitive motions; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; ergonomics; bending and reach
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-337110
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
PA; OH
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