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Ohio BWC Funds Two Ergonomics Projects
Dr. William Marras, the Honda Chair Professor in Ohio State's Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and the Executive Director of the OSU Spine Research Institute, has received nearly $250,000 to study low back and shoulder disorders resulting from pushing and pulling work activities. In the short-term, this work will result in the development of push-pull guidelines for industry. Long-term, this research will protect workers from disabling musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
In addition, another grant of approximately $250,000 will support research to prevent upper extremity MSDs among workers using torque tools in manufacturing facilities. This project will be led by ISE Associate Professor Carolyn Sommerich and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Anthony Luscher. Its purpose is to develop a dynamic rig for assessing powered torque tools, specifically reaction force and displacement of the handle experienced by tool operators. This project involves partnerships with Stanley Assembly Technologies, Honda North America, Inc., and General Motors.