An ergonomic analysis of Company XYZ's clutch line

by Reed, Jody.

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines the manual rolling carts that are currently being used on the clutch line at Company XYZ and what the current risk factors are with manually maneuvering the carts from the holding cell to the workstation cell on the clutch line. Also evaluated, were the potential risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders that may occur from long term use of the manual rolling carts. The methodology used for the study included interviews, participant observation, digital video recording, force gauge analysis, angle measurements, Baseline Risk Identification of Ergonomic Factors (BRIEF) survey analysis, Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA), and Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA). These tools were used to determine if the current weight of the cart and the required force to move the cart were in excess of what is safe for ninety-five percent of the population. The cart was also examined to determine if the size of Research Adviser: Brian J. Finder, D.I.T. MontWYear: May, 2006 Number of Pages: 4 1 Style Manual Used: American Psychological Association, 5th edition Ergonomic Analysis iii the cart was too large, to determine if the handle was in the proper position and of the correct size, and to determine if the proper wheels were on the cart. The results of this study suggest seven areas where Company XYZ has the opportunity to improve the use of the manual rolling carts and how to do so. The study can also be used in other organizations with a similar manual rolling cart system. Ergonomic Analysis iv
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:human engineering musculoskeletal system industrial safety


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