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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-251-1685, Point Adams Packing Company, Hammond, Oregon.

Authors
Boiano-JM; Badger-DW
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 83-251-1685, 1986 Apr; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
00163550
Abstract
Management of Point Adams Packing Company (PAPCO) (SIC-0912), Hammond, Oregon initiated a request for an evaluation concerning the excessive number of cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other musculoskeletal disorders suffered by filleters, trimmers, and slimers at the fish filleting facility. An ergonomic evaluation was conducted on June 6 and 7, 1983; 145 production workers were employed at that time. Based on observations and a review of videotapes and still photographs, the authors conclude that a combination of factors seems to be associated with the musculoskeletal injuries afflicting these workers. These included: workrate, awkward hand and wrist deviations, use of gloves that compromise grip strength, cold temperature, use of high muscular forces for prolonged periods, excessive workplace reaches and heights that stress shoulder muscles, and improper tool handle design. Recommendations are offered for workplace modification, tool redesign, and training with the ultimate goal of reducing or eliminating biomechanical hazards associated with the development of cumulative trauma disorders.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; HETA-83-251-1685; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-10; Back-injuries; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscular-disorders; Food-processing-industry; Hazard-Confirmed; Author Keywords: commercial fishing; fish filleting; musculoskeletal disorders; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis; ergonomics; cumulative trauma
Publication Date
19860401
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-108312
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-83-251-1685
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
0912
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OR; OH
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