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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0245-2577, Hanover Shoe Company, Franklin, West Virginia.

Authors
Burton-NC; MacDonald-LA; Estill-CF
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 94-0245-2577, 1996 May; :1-26
NIOSHTIC No.
00231108
Abstract
In response to a request from an employee, an investigation was begun into ergonomic risk factors at Hanover Shoe (SIC-3143), Franklin, West Virginia. The request expressed concern over ergonomic conditions and corresponding symptoms including wrist, back, and shoulder pain. The problems appeared to be centered in the Making-II Department, where lasts were removed and heels were attached by nailing them to the shoe. Following attachment, the heel area was trimmed and scoured, shape was given to the sole edge, and the sole edges were dyed and inked. Additional work was done on the shoes at this point as well prior to moving them forward to the Treeing Department. In 1993 there were five cases of tendinitis, two of carpel tunnel syndrome, one of tenosynovitis, and one of thoracic outlet syndrome. A questionnaire was completed by 97% of the workers in the department; 62% classified their tasks as hard, very hard, or very hard to perform. Some body discomfort over the past year was reported by 85%. Most of the jobs included risk factors such as short work cycle times, piece work rates, and non neutral postures. All jobs required pinch grips to handle the merchandise. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard for work related musculoskeletal disorders existed for workers in the Making-II Department. The authors recommend that engineering controls and process changes be used to reduce stress factors.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0245-2577; Region-3; Hazard-Confirmed; Shoe-manufacturing; Ergonomics; Repetitive-work; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Assembly-line-workers; Cumulative-trauma-disorders;
Publication Date
19960501
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB96-209747
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-94-0245-2577
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3143
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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