Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-99-0025-2756, Oakes and Parkhurst Glass, Winslow, Maine.
Habes-DJ; Tubbs-RL; Driscoll-RJ
NIOSH 1999 Oct; :1-30
On November 10, 1998, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a management request from Oakes and Parkhurst Glass in Winslow, Maine, to evaluate tasks and tools involved in the aftermarket installation of automotive windshields. There was concern that vibration exposure from some of the new power tools available to perform the task might lead to long term musculoskeletal and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HVAS) problems among the workers. The company also was seeking help in developing an accident and injury prevention program. The use of vibrating tools to cut through windshield adhesive was associated with awkward postures of the arm, shoulder, and wrist, and with acceleration levels restricting the amount of time the vibrating tools could be used daily. Lifting and setting windshield glass in place without the assistance of another worker was determined to be beyond the capabilities of all but the strongest workers.
Pneumatic-tools; Vibration-effects; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-1
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health