HHE Report No. HETA-88-277-2069, Accuride Corporation, Henderson, Kentucky.
NIOSH 1990 Oct:25 pages
In response to a request, an evaluation was made of possible hazardous working conditions at the Accuride Corporation (SIC-3714), Henderson, Kentucky. Concern was voiced about employees suffering possible nerve and tendon deterioration of the hand, wrist and elbow and low back sprains/strains. Potential exposure hazards for arc and MIG welders were also evaluated. The facility manufactured steel wheels for large trucks and buses, and employed 560 workers. An industrial hygiene survey indicated that production workers were not exposed to excessive concentrations of welding fumes, grinding dusts, or volatile organic compounds during the time of sampling. The musculoskeletal injury rate was much higher than expected for this industry. An ergonomic analysis of certain job tasks was conducted. The authors conclude that some tasks exceeded the NIOSH action limit or the maximum permissible limit recommended for manual lifting. The authors recommend redesigning certain tasks at the unload paint line, disc cell trim, and load wash line.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-88-277-2069; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Manual-materials-handling; Manual-lifting; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Welders;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-88-277-2069, 25 pages, 13 references