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The Ergonomic Casebook

Real World Solutions, 1st Edition

By James P. Kohn

CRC Press

240 pages

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Hardback: 9781566702690
pub: 1997-01-28
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One of the greatest challenges in the occupational health and safety profession is the application of theory to actual workplace practice. The difference between how the workplace should be ideally designed and the limitations that occur in pre-existing facilities are often difficult to overcome. With examples from the service industry, heavy industry, agriculture, and the office, this text bridges these gaps between theory and practice by using case studies to illustrate sound ergonomic practices.

The Ergonomic Casebook is a resource that professionals and students can use as a guide for solutions to real-world ergonomic problems. Working examples from ergonomic programs in a variety of industries are included. Case studies describe methods for identifying ergonomic problems, and specific causes are reported. Recommended strategies for the elimination of identified stressors are indicated. Implemented strategies and evaluated results are discussed and explained.

Applications of this book are endless. Whether you are a health and safety professional with limited expertise in ergonomics or a student taking a health and safety course, you will gain extensive insight into ergonomic problem solving as a result of the case studies presented in The Ergonomic Casebook.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction, J. Kohn and C. Winterberger

Chapter 2.1. Agriculture Case Studies

Ergonomic Job Design in the Hog Industry, W. Hilton

Overexertion in the Hog Industry, W. Hilton

Chapter 2.2. Chemical Industry Case Studies

Anthropometrics in the Chemical Industry, J. Kohn

Hand Injuries in a Chemical Industry Quality Control Laboratory, J. Kohn

Chapter 2.3. Electronics Industry Case Studies

Push, Pull, and Lifting Material Handling Issues in the Electronics Industry, J. Kohn

Repetitive Motion Problems in a Small Electric Motor Manufacturing Facility, M. Friend

Chapter 2.4. Hospita/Health Care Case Studies

Elimination of Back Injuries in a Hospital Environment, A. Anderson, B. Maxwell, and E. Johnson

An Analysis of Signal Detection Issues in a Hospital Environment, G. Baker and R. Scott

Manual Lifting Case Studies in the Health Care Industry, B. Maxwell and E. Johnson

Psychosocial Case Study of a Medical Transcription Unit, K. Miezio

Chapter 2.5. Manufacturing Case Studies

A Behavioral Engineering Approach to Ergonomic Problems, J. Kohn

Ergonomic Case Study of an Automobile Radiator Parts Manufacturing Facility, D. Hinnant

Repetitive Motion Problems in a Synthetic Fibers Plant, D. Lawhorn

Repetitive Motion Problems in Handpacking Systems, L. Ridings

An Ergonomic Case Study in a Servo-Motor Assembly Facility, J. Coltrain and B. Dail

Ergonomic Problems in the Product Design Industry, B. Eudy

Chapter 2.6. Mercantile Case Studies

Ergonomic Force Requirements to Open Doors, M. Volney

Chapter 2.7. Office Environments Case Studies

Ergonomic Complaints Regarding Video Display Terminals, L. Ridings

An Ergonomic Program for Solving VDT Workstation Problems, S. Joyner

An Ergonomics Systems Approach for Solving VDT Workstation Problems in the Agricultural Industry, J. Kohn

Office Ergonomics and Engineering Design, M. Hansen

Chapter 2.8. Service Industry Case Studies

Manual Materials Handling in the Frozen Food Delivery Industry, N. Brown

Manual Materials Handling: Loading of a Freezer in the Frozen Food Delivery Industry, N. Brown

An Environmental-Ergonomic Case Study at a Parcel Delivery Facility, A. Tillett

Ergonomic Tool Design Hazards in the Restaurant Industry, J. Krause

Workplace Equipment and Facility Redesign in the Restaurant Industry, J. Krause and R.S. Lawson

Chapter 2.9. Utility Industry Case Studies

Signal Detection - Three Mile Island Accident: Right String Wrong Yo Yo, R. Pate


Most Chapters include an Introduction, a Case Study, a Statement of the Problem, Recommendations, References, and Case Study Questions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety