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Ergonomics action in the steel industry

The publication "Ergonomics Action in the Steel Industry" presents the results of steel ergonomics projects undertaken in the course of the 1985-1989 fifth programme of ergonomics for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) industries. The reports are in the main related...

The publication "Ergonomics Action in the Steel Industry" presents the results of steel ergonomics projects undertaken in the course of the 1985-1989 fifth programme of ergonomics for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) industries. The reports are in the main related to the ergonomic design of the new technological systems which recently have been, and continue to be, introduced into steelmaking, including the use of robotized systems. Areas covered include hot-rolled wide strip milling, sheet mills, converters, continuous casting, ladle furnaces, picking plants, annealing lines and transport systems. There is also a very significant contribution related to the reduction of the risk of biomechanical damage associated with various physically strenuous activities, particularly maintenance, which are still intrinsic to steelmaking. A number of reports present expert systems for the identification and rectification of ergonomic design faults. These reports are taken from the "Information Bulletin on Community Ergonomics Action", which has regularly published the results of the ECSC's 1985-1989 fifth programme of ergonomics. In editions 23-29 (December 1989-December 1992), the Bulletin reported on a total of 76 projects involving an overall ECSC financial contribution of ECU 15 million. Two thirds of these projects have been in the steel industries. The complete collection is brought together under two titles. The present 420-page, hard-bound volume describes 39 ergonomics action projects in the steel industry. The second volume, "Ergonomics Action in Mining" will be published shortly.

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