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Document ID (ISN)106994
CIS number 07-969
ISSN - Serial title Prevent Focus
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Haesen B.
Title Ergonomics reduces suffering and expenditure
Original title L'ergonomie allège les souffrances et les dépenses [in French]
Bibliographic information Nov. 2006,, No.9 p.18-20. Illus.
Abstract This article reviews the efforts undertaken by an automobile manufacturer to reduce the level of absenteeism due to musculoskeletal diseases caused by poor ergonomics. It describes the ergonomic improvements implemented in the manual assembly of exhaust systems. Job observations and computer simulations resulted in an objective ergonomic evaluation of the physical workload, and the design and implementation an automated system. The number of days lost due to sickness absenteeism among workers assigned to this task was significantly reduced.
Descriptors (primary) Belgium; motor vehicle industry; ergonomic evaluation; assembly-line work
Descriptors (secondary) automation; sickness absenteeism; physical workload; computer simulation; musculoskeletal diseases; job study; work posture
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry