Ergonomic intervention: a case study in a mass production environment.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2002 Aug; 17(8):521-527
Household appliance manufacturing involves manually intensive parts assembly performed at a fixed work pace that is governed by assembly line speed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the household appliance industry was the twelfth highest for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), with 268 cases per 10,000 workers. (1) Likewise, the Australian domestic appliance industry was one of the six highest industries for risk of repetitive trauma syndromes. (2) Kaplan and Knutson (3) found that women employed in the household appliance industry in Wisconsin incurred 80 percent of the incidence of repeated trauma injuries for that industry.
Ergonomics; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Traumatic-injuries
Division of Applied Research and Technology, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, USA
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene