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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-384-2062, Yorktowne, Inc., Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Nestor-DE; Bobick-TG; Pizatella-TJ
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 88-384-2062, 1990 Aug; :1-28
NIOSHTIC No.
00196015
Abstract
In response to a request from company management, an on site visit was made to Yorktowne, Inc. (SIC-5712), a cabinet manufacturing company located in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. A high number of musculoskeletal disorders had been reported among the workers at that location. Approximately 450 full time workers were employed at the site. A significant amount of work involved pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying heavy materials. Selected jobs in raw materials handling, sawing, frame assembly, sanding and painting, cabinet assembly, and packaging/shipping departments were subjected to ergonomic assessments. Several jobs were identified that imposed potentially stressful biomechanical demands on the workers. These demands included fatiguing postures, repetitive lifting that involved twisting of the trunk and excessive reach distances, and repetitive motions of the trunk and upper limbs. Most injuries (70%) occurred during a worker's first year of employment. The authors conclude that certain tasks were potentially hazardous to workers at the facility. The authors recommend the following: offering basic safety training to new employees, and moving or redesigning equipment to reduce stress during heavy lifting, pushing, and transporting of loads, and while performing repetitive motion tasks.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-384-2062; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-3; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Repetitive-work; Manual-materials-handling;
Publication Date
19900801
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-152082
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-88-384-2062
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
5712
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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