Risk assessment of musculoskeletal disorders in an electronic components company

Sara Braganca, Eric Costa

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Abstract

The work presented in this paper was performed for a workstation of an assembly section in a company that manufactures radio modules and air conditioning for cars. After performing a workstation analysis and a questionnaire to the operators it was possible to understand the need to investigate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders originated from both the handling of loads as the incorrect dimensioning of the workstation. Regarding the handling of loads the NIOSH Equation was used and it was verified that there was no risk of musculoskeletal disorders. As the operators expressed their lack of satisfaction regarding back pains due to posture adopted they were established the appropriate dimensions (to satisfy 97.5% of the population and using the table of anthropometric data of the Portuguese population) for the workstation and it was proposed the availability of a chair for the workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333–336
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Risk assessment of musculoskeletal disorders in an electronic components company. / Braganca, Sara; Costa, Eric.

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