Evaluation of ergonomic stress factors at Company XYZ
Hendricks, Anthony A.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders are recognized as a serious workplace health hazard. Employees are susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders if the work they're performing is constantly aggravating ergonomic stress factors. Ergonomic stress factors include; excessive force, excessive repetition, awkward postures, and extreme temperatures. Ergonomic stress factors can be controlled by limiting the employee exposure or by prevention through design. Company XYZ has documented numerous ergonomic stress factors complaints from assembly line electricians that are tasked with assembling electrical wire harnesses. Currently they don't have any metrics in place to quantify employee's symptoms to narrow down the cause of the employee's complaints. Utilizing an ergonomic task analysis worksheet will help evaluate the employee job task to figure out what motions are causing the pain and assist to make recommendations that abate employee exposure to ergonomic stress factors.