HHE Report No. HETA-94-0040-2496, A E Goetze, Lake City, Minnesota.
McGlothlin-JD; Hoekstra-E; O'Brien-DM; Baron-SL; Moran-AJ
NIOSH 1995 Mar:40 pages
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.
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;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-94-0040-2496, 40 pages, 37 references