Author(s): Kee D, Karwowski W
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Abstract This paper presents a technique for postural loading on the upper body assessment (LUBA). The proposed method is based on the new experimental data for composite index of perceived discomfort (ratio values) for a set of joint motions, including the hand, arm, neck and back, and the corresponding maximum holding times in static postures. Twenty male subjects participated in the experiment designed to measure perceived joint discomforts. The free modulus technique of the magnitude estimation method was employed to obtain subjects' discomforts for varying joint motions. The developed postural classification scheme was based on the angular deviation levels from the neutral position for each joint motion. These were divided into groups with the same degree of discomforts based on the statistical analysis. Each group was assigned a numerical discomfort score relative to the perceived discomfort value of elbow flexion, which exhibited the lowest level among all joint motions investigated in this study, and, therefore, was set as a reference point. The criteria for evaluating stresses of working postures were proposed based on the four distinct action categories, in order to enable practitioners to apply appropriate corrective actions. The proposed scheme can be used for evaluating and redesigning static working postures in industry.
This article was published in Appl Ergon
and referenced in Industrial Engineering & Management