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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-99-0025-2756, Oakes and Parkhurst Glass, Winslow, Maine.
Habes-DJ; Tubbs-RL; Driscoll-RJ
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 99-0025-2756, 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; Author Keywords: auto glass installation and removal; ergonomics; vibrating tools; awkward postures; hand tools; pulling forces; hand-arm vibration syndrome
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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