HHE Report No. HETA-89-146-2049, Bennett Industries, Peotone, Illinois.
Hammel-RR; Habes-D; Milliron-M
NIOSH 1990 Jun:29 pages
In response to a request from the International Chemical Workers Union an evaluation was undertaken of potential ergonomic hazards to workers involved in the production of metal and plastic containers at Bennett Industries (SIC-3070), Peotone, Illinois. Bennett Industries was involved in the manufacture of small to medium sized plastic and metal containers and employed 181 individuals. Several cases of carpal tunnel syndrome had been reported. An ergonomic evaluation of tasks in the plastics container division classified the jobs of shrink ring operator, cutter and handle attacher as high risk for the development of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). Jobs in the metals division were assessed as low to moderate risk. A questionnaire survey indicated that the prevalence of upper extremity pain was higher among workers in the plastics division compared to those in the metals division. Two job tasks, shrink ring operator and cutter were identified with 83% of the reported CTD cases from January 1986 through June of 1989. These two job tasks involved only 15% of the workforce. The authors conclude that an upper extremity CTD hazard existed in the plastics containers division for these two jobs. The authors recommend that these tasks be redesigned.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-146-2049; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-89-146-2049, 29 pages, 36 references