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A precursor to ergonomics best practices for the shipyard industries.
Hudock SD; Wurzelbacher SJ; Reed LD; Hales TR; Siegfried KV
J Ship Production 2001 Aug; 17(3):145-150
Many of the job processes being performed today in ship construction, repair and recycling yards do not differ significantly from those same processes as performed fifty years ago. The complexity of vessels may have increased dramatically in the past fifty years but many of the job processes have not kept pace with changes in technology. Due in part to the mismatch of technology between work processes and product design, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in collaboration with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and the Martitime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), have conducted a series of ergonomic analyses of work processes at a number of domestic shipyards. These analyses have identified specific work processes within the shipyards that have resulted in numerous, severe, or costly muscoloskeletal injuries to the shipyard workforce. The mitigation of the occupational risk factors associated with these processes was the focus of targeted ergonomic interventions.
Shipbuilding-industry; Shipyard-industry; Shipyards; Ergonomics; Work-practices; Musculoskeletal-system; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Engineering-controls
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Issue of Publication
Disease and Injury; Work Environment And Workforce; Musculoskeletal -System - disorders
Journal of Ship Production
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division