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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-84-240-1902, Western Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin.
Fidler-AT; Seligman-P; Habes-DJ; Crandall-M
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 84-240-1902, 1988 Jun; :1-36
In response to a request from the management of the Western Publishing Company Inc. (SIC-2732), Racine, Wisconsin, a study was made of cases of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among workers. The company printed, bound, and packaged books, along with other printed materials including pamphlets, coupons, and playing cards. Ergonomic stress levels were compared for 11 workers diagnosed with probable CTS and 22 persons without musculoskeletal symptoms; CTS cases had higher stress scores for all four body areas assessed. A review of the work related injuries and illnesses at the facility identified a group of 25 cases with disorders associated with repeated trauma during the period from 1979 through 1984. The highest number of these injuries occurred in the cylinder press department; work in that area was repetitive, excessive force was required, postures were awkward, and vibrating tools were used. The rate of disorders associated with repeated trauma was seven times higher at this facility than at similar firms. The authors conclude that there was an association between work related stresses and the development of cumulative trauma disorders at this facility. The authors recommend that action be taken to control ergonomic factors that may contribute to the rate of cumulative trauma disorders.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-84-240-1902; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Repetitive-work; Vibration-exposure; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Printing-industry; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Author Keywords: Book Printing; Ergonomics; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Musculoskeletal Injury
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