Jegerlehner, James L., 1995, John Deere Dubuque Works, Workers’ Participation Helps Reduce Cumulative Trauma Disorder Injuries, Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety VII.
John Deere Dubuque Works manufactures industrial equipment. Some of the products include diesel engines, backhoe loader tractors, and crawlers. The company employs over 2600 workers. The company employs an older workforce with an average age of over forty-eight years old. In performing different tasks workers had to manually lift, push, and hold heavy parts, turn the hand feed wheel of a radial drill, bending and extended reaching to grasp the parts, and spend an extended period of time on their knees to attach the shifter linkages inside the operator cab.
A review of OSHA 200 log did not reveal a high incidents of CTDs in this particular area. Further information is not available.
Heavy components, up to 30 lbs., had to be manually lifted and pushed by operators.
Bending and extended reach were required to perform tasks.
There were some repetitive tasks. Moreover, performing one task required spending an extended period of time on operator’s knees.
Successful Pro-active Ergonomics program was an ongoing effort being conducted by employees out on the shop floor and the critical component of it was an active wage employee ergonomics team.