Ergonomic risk factors increase the threat of injury to the musculoskeletal system of the worker. Musculoskeletal disorders are caused by repetitive motions, awkward postures, excessive reaching, and precision gripping. In the drycleaning industry, ergonomic risks occur during garment transfer, pressing, and bagging. These activities, combined with a high work rate and frequency, may cause physical discomfort and musculoskeletal problems for workers. Disorders can include damage to tendons, muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, and back.
Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Repetitive-work; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Dry-cleaning-industry; Body-mechanics; Control-methods; Occupational-exposure; Industrial-hazards; Industrial-design; Health-hazards; Work-areas; Work-practices; Risk-factors; Equipment-design