Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Jane Toot

Second Advisor

Renee Peltier

Third Advisor

Ron Garrett

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if implementation of an industrial ergonomics program would decrease the number of upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders, lost days of work, and insurance costs. Data was collected from company records and OSHA logs including type of injury, lost days of work, restricted days of work, and insurance costs. This data was then analyzed using regression analysis and descriptive statistics.; The results of this study supported the concept that ergonomic programs may decrease the number of lost days of work. In this study, a number of limitations and weak correlations were found between industrial ergonomics and a decrease in restricted work days, insurance costs, and the number of cumulative trauma disorders to the upper extremity. This study indicated that industrial ergonomics has the possibility to provide significant benefits to a company, yet future research is needed to support this concept.

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