Date of Award

6-1990

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Wygant

Second Advisor

Dr. Bruce Fischer

Third Advisor

Dr. Bob White

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Richard Cooper

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a cumulative trauma disorder involving compression of the median nerve within the wrist. This disorder has become an industrial epidemic, striking workers whose daily activities involve repetitive motion, wrist deviation, awkward finger postures, and excessive forces to the hand. In an effort to identify and control existing trauma, as well as prevent the onset of further cases of CTS, a systematic evaluation technique has been developed to assist in the ergonomic analysis of the work place. This assessment technique identifies and quantifies occupational risk factors of a task that may predispose workers to CTS. With this type of work place evaluation, tasks can be ranked according to wrist stress levels and modifications implemented in a prioritized manner. Benefits involving the minimization of CTS can then be realized not only by the employee, but by the employer as well.

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