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(Muralidhar, Bishu, & Hallbeck, 1999) ergonomic interventions are vital (Kumar,
2001). The hand is th
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Total work int. rotation
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Average power ext.
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A1 (N=64) A2 (N=18) A3 (N=23)
FIGURE 3: Frequency distribution for the work ability index.
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Although the dissemination of risk assessments may be easier to promote with a
one-for-all-tool, complex work situations in modern production systems require a
set of different tools for appropriate risk assessments. Here, the harmonization
between the to
The hand is the most complex of all of the anatomical structures in the human body.
It has been found that hand injuries are among the most frequent injuries that occur
to the body, predominantly occurring during industrial activities. It has therefore
insertion. The high insertion forces during pinch-grasp, particularly
due to the small friction coefficient in friction fit coupling, can lead to
musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive strain injuries. This study investigates, in
two different experimen
very important risk of MSD.
Keywords: physical workload, EMG, vibrating tools, forces measurement
We realized the observations of professional activity and the measures of working
strengths on the workplaces of foundry during the actions of d
percentage of the registered maximal activity. Taking into account that the used
equipment (Biometrics Datalog) does not allow to record the raw signal of the
EMG, but only the already integrated and averaged signal (avg RMS), this method
of calculation t
then sifted with the software CAPTIV (version 4.3.2.) allowing to synchronize all
the measured parameters with the video and to obtain a quantitative treatment of the
results. A part of the calculation of the muscular activity and the forces was realized
3, almost 4 times as high as the acceptable risk. The results of the measures of
bioelectric activity of muscles engaged during the work with the tool also confirm
an excessive effort (between 25 and 50 % of maximal efforts for the actions over 15
condition or the best fitting nitrile glove. The same was found for target deviation.
During both internal and external rotation in the torque test, the barehanded
condition generated significantly different (p<0.05) peak torque than the best fitting
verbally reported to limit participants range of motion during the task. This finding
concurs with Muralidhar et al. (1999), who found that the range of motion that the
hand is capable of can be limited by glove dimensions.
Task performance ha