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Interim survey report: recommendations for ergonomics interventions for ship repair processes at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Seattle, Washington.
Wurzelbacher SJ; Hudock SD
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, EPHB 229-18b, 2001 Feb; :1-18
A pre-intervention quantitative risk factor analysis was performed at various shops and locations within Todd Pacific Shipyard, as a method to identify and quantify ergonomic risk factors that workers may be exposed to in the course of their normal work duties. The application of exposure assessment techniques provided a quantitative analysis of the risk factors associated with the individual tasks. Based on these analyses, three ergonomic interventions are suggested for the Todd Pacific Shipyard: 1) an ergonomics training program for all production workers, 2) wheeled, adjustable work stools for shipboard welders, torch cutters, and grinders and 3) an orbital nozzle mount for the water jet blasting process in the dry dock area. Of these interventions, it is expected that the development of the ergonomic training program will have the most effective impact on reducing musculoskeletal injuries, and therefore it is the most strongly recommended change. Detailed descriptions of each intervention are provided including cost benefit analysis where appropriate.
Region-10; Ergonomics; Shipbuilding-industry; Shipyard-industry; Shipyard-workers; Shipyards; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Welders; Welding; Training
Field Studies; Control Technology
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