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Ergonomic evaluation of workers at a cabinet mill and assembly plant.
Ramsey-J; Dang-B; Habes-DJ
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):112-113
The HHE program responded to a management request at a cabinet mill and assembly plant. The request concerned potential ergonomic hazards resulting from job tasks. HHE program investigators performed walk-through surveys at both facilities and interviewed workers about their work and medical history. The investigators found that workers use high force, awkward postures, and repetitive motions, all of which increase their risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders. Investigators also reviewed OSHA injury logs and workers' compensation data and determined that most injuries were musculoskeletal disorders involving the upper extremities. HHE program investigators recommended that managers provide adjustable tables and carts to reduce the physical stresses that employees endure during work activities. Investigators also recommended that the facility consider improving tool design to reduce vibration and to decrease the force required to handle and operate tools effectively. The final report is available at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0038-3057.pdf"target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0038-3057.pdf</a>.
Region-9; Hazard-Confirmed; Repetitive-work; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscular-disorders; Ergonomics; Woodworking; Woodworking-industry; Back-injuries; Arm-injuries; Hand-injuries; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Materials-handling; Manual-materials-handling; Manual-lifting; Author Keywords: Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing; repetitive motions; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; ergonomics; bending and reach
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division