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Document ID (ISN)107785
CIS number 08-475
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Stone A., Usher D., Marklin R., Seeley P., Yager J.W.
Title Case study for underground workers at an electric utility: How a research institution, university, and industry collaboration improved occupational health through ergonomics
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.3, No.8, p.397-407. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract Two ergonomic intervention teams were created at a medium-sized electric power utility to identify tasks with risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and propose ergonomic interventions for these tasks. Both teams focused on tasks performed by underground workers: one team focused on manhole-vault tasks and the other team focused on direct-buried cable job tasks. Several of the ergonomic interventions were tested at a university ergonomics laboratory. The results of one of the laboratory experiments indicated that a 2nd class lever tool reduced muscle forces required to remove and replace a manhole cover, compared with a T-handle attached to a hook and chain. The results of another laboratory experiment demonstrated that a battery-powered cutter reduced muscle forces to cut cable as compared to a manual cutting tool.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; underground work; research; electric power generation; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) muscular strength; manholes; research establishments; ergonomic evaluation; hand tools
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Power generation and distribution