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Upper Body Ergonomics
This section is to provide information on proper positioning of equipment for conditions affecting different nerves.
The following was posted from Tech Connections Direct Newsbrief, September 29, 2000
Observing how workers perform tasks and duties often help suggest ways that someone with functional limitations might be accommodated, and also identifies possible sources of further injury or future discomfort.
Twisting, clothes-wringing motions of the wrist
Working with a bent wrist
Poor handgrips on tools
Repetitive hand, arm and shoulder movement
Arms and elbows high or out-stretched
Controls or materials beyond easy reach of the worker
Working with a bent neck
Working with a bent spine or leaning over excessively
Lifting, loading or unloading from improper heights
Excessive twisting or stretching of the back
Excessive pushing or pulling on loads
Working in an immobile position for too long
Improper heights of work surfaces or chairs
"Strains and Sprains: A Workers Guide to JobDesign." United Auto Workers, 1988.
Recently I created an ergonomic training program for the data entry staff of one of our state agencies. They felt that their workers could benefit from some basic ergonomics training, and I agree. There are a lot of really bad computer workstations out there that could be improved, even a little, to reduce the risk of developing a muscular skeletal disorder (MSD) like carpal tunnel syndrome. Many MSDs, when left untreated, will develop into a permanent disability. Surgery can ont always correct these disorders, expecially when the worker goes back to using an ergonomically poor workstation. I am posting the PowerPoint slides (which are ment to be printed on overheads). Someday when I get a chance I may actually turn them into a web page.