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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0040-2496, A E Goetze, Lake City, Minnesota.

Authors
McGlothlin-JD; Hoekstra-E; O'Brien-DM; Baron-SL; Moran-AJ
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 94-0040-2496, 1995 Mar; :1-40
NIOSHTIC No.
00229115
Abstract
In response to a request from management, an ergonomic assessment was conducted at A E Goetze (SIC-3592), Lake City, Minnesota. The facility manufactured piston sleeves and pistons. The evaluation focused on 83 piston sleeve machine shop workers, 155 piston machine shop workers, and 45 aluminum foundry molders. The physical work load was assessed using a questionnaire. Job analysis of the three groups of workers showed potential risk for musculoskeletal injury. The piston sleeve machinists and piston machinists were at risk for back injury due to a combination of repetitive and sometimes awkward postures needed to manually handle their product during machining. The piston sleeve machinists were at greater risk for back injury as the parts they handled were heavier. The aluminum foundry molders were at risk for back injuries and hand and wrist disease due to a combination of awkward posture and static loading while pouring molten aluminum into molds. The authors conclude that a potential exists for overexertion injuries to the back, and cumulative trauma disorders of the hand and wrist. The authors recommend that specific measures be taken to reduce the risk for musculoskeletal injury and disease. Guidelines for establishing an ergonomics program were provided.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0040-2496; Region-5; Hazard-Confirmed; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Workplace-studies; Repetitive-work; Cumulative-trauma-disorders;
Publication Date
19950301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-106448
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-94-0040-2496
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3592
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN; OH
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