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A Precursor to Ergonomics Best Practices for the Shipyard Industries

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Many of the job processes being performed today in ship construction, repair and recycling yards do not differ significantly from those same processes as performed fifty years ago. The complexity of vessels may have increased dramatically in the past fifty years but many of the job processes have not kept pace with changes in technology. Due in part to the mismatch of technology between work processes and product design, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in collaboration with the National Shipbuilding Research Program Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (NSRP ASE) and the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), have conducted a series of ergonomic analyses of work processes at a number of domestic shipyards. These analyses have identified specific work processes within the shipyards that have resulted in numerous, severe, or costly musculoskeletal injuries to the shipyard workforce. The mitigation of the occupational risk factors associated with these processes was the focus of targeted ergonomic interventions.
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Publication date: 01 August 2001

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  • The Journal of Ship Production publishes original and timely technical papers addressing problems of shipyard techniques and production of merchant and naval ships appear in this quarterly publication. Since its inception, the Journal has been a forum for peer-reviewed, professionally edited papers from academic and industry sources. As such, it has influenced the worldwide development of ship production engineering as a fully qualified professional discipline. Each issue contains a well-rounded selection of technical papers relevant to ship professionals, including written discussions and author's closures.

    From Volume 26 onwards this journal is published as Journal of Ship Production and Design
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