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Comparative Hazardousness of Metalworking Machines.
Trends in Ergonomics/Human Factors V, Proceedings of the Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 8-10, 1988 1988:639-645
A hazard index was developed for metalworking machines used in the metal processing industries, based on the ratio of the number of injuries to the number of machines. Values of this index were presented for several categories of machines used in the metalworking industry. Machine categories included shears, slitters, and slicers; presses, excluding printing presses; saws; drilling, boring, and turning machines; and casting, forging, and welding machines. Industrial categories considered in the analysis had two digit Standard Industrial Classification codes of 25 and 33 through 39. Tabular data showed the total number of injuries, total number of machines, and hazardousness index for each machine category, based on 1983 workers' compensation records of 30 states. The category of shears, slitters, and slicers had the highest index, 20.2; whereas the category of casting, forging, and welding machines had the lowest index, 2.7. Sketches were shown of a coil slitter machine and a sheet metal shear machine. The authors conclude that the results of the analysis indicate a need for a more indepth investigation to determine the circumstances associated with injuries involving industrial machines, particularly slitters and slicers.
Accident-statistics; Accident-analysis; Occupational-accidents; Machine-operators; Occupational-hazards; Metalworking-industry; Cutting-tools; Ergonomics;
Trends in Ergonomics/Human Factors V, Proceedings of the Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 8-10, 1988
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