|Document ID (ISN)||107785|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
|Convention or series no.
||Stone A., Usher D., Marklin R., Seeley P., Yager J.W.
||Case study for underground workers at an electric utility: How a research institution, university, and industry collaboration improved occupational health through ergonomics
||Aug. 2006, Vol.3, No.8, p.397-407. Illus. 18 ref.
||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.
||occupational hygiene; underground work; research; electric power generation; ergonomics
||muscular strength; manholes; research establishments; ergonomic evaluation; hand tools
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||Power generation and distribution