Case on a Union-driven Participatory Ergonomics Program to Control Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Korea Lee, Yun-Keun; Park, Hee-Sok;
The objective of this paper is to report how workers` actively participate in a participatory ergonomics (PE) program, and how this program resulted in improved working conditions and decreased occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). A major tire manufacturing company in Korea was studied. Most of the activities in the PE program were designed and actually practiced by the workers and their union. The results revealed some positive effects of applying a PE program to the employees. It was shown that incidence of the WMSDs as well as the lost work days and the economic cost incurred by the WMSDs decreased with the PE program.
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