Elizabeth Wild, Susan Goodwin Gerberich, Karen Coe, Kate Skovbroten

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Between 1978 and 1980, the number of reported wrist injuries increased from a rate of two cases per one hundred employees to sixteen cases per one hundred employees in one department of a paper products manufacturing company. In 1982, a retrospective epidemiological study was conducted to analyze this problem within the department population of forty-eight female employees classified as 'flyers'. Data regarding relevant agent, host and environmental variables were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Data analyses including a variety of statistical techniques were conducted through computer application. The results of this study indicate that the younger, shorter, less experienced worker is most susceptible to wrist injuries/problems associated with repetitive motion tasks. Applications of ergonomic principles and formal training are considered as results of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors Society
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

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