Ergonomic Injuries at Auto Seat Maker

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 05:11 PM gHale


Magna Seating doing business as Excelsior Springs Seating System, is facing $12,471 in fines for ergonomic injuries at is Excelsior Springs, Missouri, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators cited the manufacturer of automotive seats for one serious health violation of the agency’s general duty clause after a May agency investigation found musculoskeletal disorder injuries.

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OSHA also issued the company two “Hazard Alert” letters in which the agency raised concerns about possible medical mismanagement by the company. The concerns include denying access to medical care and violating medical restrictions placed on injured employees, as well as tasks on the manufacturing line that cause workers to reach — too high and too low — for prolonged periods of time, which can result in injury.

After reviewing the company’s injury and illness logs, investigators found workers suffered musculoskeletal injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow after exposure to ergonomic stressors and risk factors related to tasks such as:
• Repetitive motion in the assembly of automotive seats
• Forceful exertions and awkward postures
• Extended reaching too high or too low for prolonged periods of time

A review of injury logs found the company recorded six musculoskeletal related injuries requiring employee surgery in 2014; 15 in 2015 and one so far in 2016.

“OSHA’s review found multiple reports of hand, wrist, and shoulder injuries related to employees accomplishing tasks that require repetitive motion and awkward posture. Musculoskeletal injuries are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time,” said Karena Lorek, OSHA’s acting area director in Kansas City. “Magna Seating’s lost work time rate was more than twice the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ industry average. The company needs to improve its ergonomics program to prevent further employee injuries and review its management of employees who suffer work related injuries.”

Excelsior Springs Seating System specializes in seat assembly for the automobile industry, and is an operating group of Magna International Incorporated. Specific to seating, the company has manufacturing and assembly plants in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Magna is a global automotive supplier across 29 countries with over 152,000 employees, including 250 employees at the Excelsior Springs Plant. The company designs, develops, and manufactures automotive seat systems, to original equipment manufacturers, including Ford Motor Company.



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