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Document ID (ISN)63705
CIS number 95-358
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Moore J.S.
Title Flywheel truing - A case study of an ergonomic intervention
Bibliographic information Mar. 1994, Vol.55, No.3, p.236-244. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Using a structured participatory approach, an automotive manufacturing facility identified and analyzed a specific problem related to ergonomics, the manual truing of flywheels by striking them with hammers. They also identified and implemented a solution (mechanization). The problem identification, problem analysis, intervention development and intervention implementation processes were characterized by employee participation, supervisor participation and strong engineering support. Intervention produced a 29% decrease in the incidence of total musculoskeletal disorder, a 78% decrease in the incidence of upper extremity disorders, an 82% decrease in restricted or lost days, and a shift in the spectrum and type of morbidity. These changes in morbidity corresponded to the effects of the intervention. Subjective worker assessments of the process and effects of the intervention also were favourable.
Descriptors (primary) presses; ergonomics; upper extremity disorders; workers' participation; motor vehicle industry
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Workers' participation