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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-385-2173, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Central Division, Chicago, Illinois.

Authors
Fairfield-CL
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 90-385-2173, 1992 Jan; :1-34
NIOSHTIC No.
00205499
Abstract
In response to a request from the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SIC-4441), North Central Division, a study was made of possible hazards to maintenance and construction workers. The work force in question was involved in maintaining 18 dams and 22 lock chambers on the Mississippi River from Saverton, Missouri, to Guttenberg, Iowa and also on the Illinois Waterway from La Grange Lock and Dam to Chicago, Illinois. Data gathered through on site studies indicated that potential musculoskeletal disorders could result at the elbow, shoulder, back and hip during the manual material handling in the maintenance shop in Peoria, Illinois, at the Lock and Dam Facility among the lock persons and during lock maintenance and repair. Job tasks that involved ergonomic risk factors included manual handling and transport during a roller repair operation, tying off of barge ropes while barge are locking through, and grinding during repair of lock gates. Hand and wrist disorders may also result from exposure to vibration from a hand held power sander. The author concludes that musculoskeletal hazards existed for the upper limbs and back. The author recommends measures to lower the ergonomic risks to the workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-385-2173; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Maintenance-workers; Construction-workers; Manual-materials-handling;
Publication Date
19920101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-176809
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-90-385-2173
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
4441
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IL; IA; MS; MO; OH
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