Printech Archive, November, 1999: Pressing Ergonomics Problem

Pressing Ergonomics Problem
Wed, 17 Nov 1999 08:05:44 -0500

Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 08:05:44 -0500
Subject: Pressing Ergonomics Problem

I'm forwarding this message from the Safety List. Hopefully some one can help.

Rob Lindsay CSP,OHST
Safety Manager
United States Playing Card Co.

"Wolff, David" <dwolff@IASTATE.EDU> on 11/16/99 04:48:56 PM

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Subject: Pressing Ergonomics Problem


We have an offset printing press that forces the worker to assume awkward
postures for periods of one to a few minutes at intervals of eight to about
20 minutes throughout the day (see photos at The
individual finds the job to be very literally a pain in the butt.

The printer has (not shown) a custom-made step/platform which provides some

Administrative controls can be employed short-term, but are not a feasible
long-term option.

Accessing the press from the other side is of limited utility as most of the
controls are located on one side.

Purchasing new equipment is not foreseen in the near future.

If you have faced such a problem and have a solution, please share it with

Thank you.

David Wolff



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