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Faculty of Kinesiology graduate colloquium with Emily Wood-FR and SJ

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Feb 22, 2018

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Emily Wood, graduate student in the Faculty of Kinesiology’s MSESS program, will present on the topic, “The Growing Popularity of Craft Breweries and an Ergonomic Assessment” on Friday, Feb. 23, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., in the LB Gym, C 210.

Workers at craft breweries work long hours and are subjected to repetitive movements, awkward postures and high strength demands. This research examined measures of musculoskeletal risk in this environment to better understand the job demands of this industry and suggest work improvements to the employer and workers. According to data analysis of Occupational Health and Safety Administration of the United States (OSHA) records, between the years 2009 to 2012 craft breweries had almost four times the amount of safety violations compared to large breweries (Pell, 2013). Four deaths occurred during this same time period, and statistics suggest that multiple injuries are not reported at smaller craft breweries. This study focused on working with a local craft brewery to examine the workplace risks during typical operations and the data was provided to the manufacturer to improve their current work protocols. The purpose of this research was to examine musculoskeletal discomfort, muscle fatigue, energy expenditure and postural analysis from workers at a craft brewery pre-and post-shift.

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