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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-251-1997, Cargill Poultry Division, Buena Vista, Georgia.
Hales TR; Fine L
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 89-251-1997, 1989 Nov; :1-45
In response to a request from OSHA, an evaluation was made of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) reported among employees at the Cargill Poultry Division (SIC-2016), Buena Vista, Georgia. The facility produced boneless chicken products for wholesale distribution. There were two shifts in operation. The first shift slaughtered, eviscerated, dissected, deboned, and packaged chickens. The second shift only dissected, deboned, and packaged. Most of the 490 workers were employed in the deboning department. There were 143 upper extremity (UE) CTDs recorded on the OSHA 200 Logs during 1988. Questionnaires were given to 112 workers selected by job title. Based on the findings along with physical examinations of these 112 workers, a high prevalence of UE CTDs, particularly of the hand/wrist type, was found among current employees. There was a high employee turnover at this facility. Several steps had been taken by the company to curb CTD problems at this site. The authors conclude that an upper extremity cumulative trauma disorder hazard existed at this facility. The authors recommend specific measures to prevent or reduce morbidity.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-4; HETA-89-251-1997; Hazard-Confirmed; Ergonomics; Work-practices; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Food-processing-industry; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry; Author Keywords: Poultry Dressing Plants; ergonomics; cumulative trauma disorders; CTDs; RSI; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis; tenosynovitis; force; repetition; knives; scissors
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