Examples of Ergonomic Interventions in Manufacturing and Office EnvironmentsBy Ulin, Sheryl S.; Streilein, Kristin A.; Armstrong, Thomas J.; RESNA 2001: Annual Conference Proceedings, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 130-132
Publication Date: June 2001
Article provides examples of ergonomic job analyses and workplace changes in manufacturing and office environments for people with musculoskeletal disorders. Both ergonomic job analyses and implementation of interventions are often used by employers to reduce identified work-related risk factors and work-related discomfort and injuries. The specific positions evaluated were that of assembly line operator and academic advisor. The manufacturing position was occupied by a 35-year-old man with a right shoulder injury, and the academic advisor position was occupied by a 51-year-old woman with lower back pain. Gaps between the worker's functional abilities and required tasks were identified throughout both positions, and recommendations for modifications were provided. For the manufacturing position, the employee had difficulty with any type of reaching or wrist flexion/extension. The modifications recommended included reduction of task repetition, forceful exertions, localized contact stress, and award postures. The academic advisor was uncomfortable with constantly sitting while at work, and was recommended to use an adjustable chair and a sit-stand workstation, which includes a keyboard tray and a monitor arm mounted to a desk.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O14171