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International Journal of Applied Research in Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common health problem throughout the world and a major cause of disability in the workplace. This study was conducted among workers of a small scale forging Industries. The small scale forging units involve various kinds of high repetitive processes like Blanking, cutting, shearing, furnace loading, hammering, punching and trimming etc. the workers performing these type of activities are suffering from various MSDs. In this study I had surveyed 10 small scales forging industries and randomly selected 102 workers among these industries. The most common ergonomics problems were found in industry like wrong working positions of the workers and manual material handling. MSDs are found due to Inappropriate and poor working postures, lack of task variation, poor ergonomic design of work places, poor design of plant layout, long working hours, low salaries and awkward schedules are all areas where relatively simple intervention can Significantly reduce the rate of exposure to MSDs.

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