Ergonomic Risk Assessment of Gas Delivery Operations and Stretching Program Design

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 792)


In manual material handling, workers are often at risk for work-related injuries and musculoskeletal diseases. This study used an ergonomic risk assessment methodology to motivate development of a worker muscle stretching program, towards injury rate reduction in gas cylinder handling. We followed a three-phase approach: (1) an OSHA log analysis of the gas cylinder delivery company; (2) a tasks analysis including ride-alongs and ERA to gas delivery operations to identify tasks posing the greatest number of risk factors; and (3) design of a job-readiness program with a focus on stretching and targeting muscles of vulnerable body segments. The study yielded a novel and productive approach to stretching program development for workplace injury risk reduction. The exercise card will be evaluated in a follow-on field test.


Stretching program Reminder card Manual material handling Ergonomic risk assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MaineHealthPortlandUSA
  2. 2.John DeereRaleighUSA
  3. 3.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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