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Evaluation of fatigue and workload among workers conducting complex manual assembly in manufacturing.

Yaniel Torres, Sylvie Nadeau, Kurt Landau,

Occupational applicationsWe conducted a study to evaluate fatigue and workload among workers performing complex assembly tasks. We investigate several predictors of fatigue, including subjective workload estimates, sleep duration, the shift being worked, and production levels. High levels of fatigue were reported in one-third of the shifts evaluated. The main predictors ... Read more >>

IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors (IISE transactions on occupational ergonomics and human factors)
[2021, :1-19]

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Optimization of Productivity and Worker Well-Being by Using a Multi-Objective Optimization Framework.

Aitor Iriondo Pascual, Dan Högberg, Dan Lämkull, Estela Perez Luque, Anna Syberfeldt, Lars Hanson,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSWorker well-being and overall system performance are important elements in the design of production lines. However, studies of industry practice show that current design tools are unable to consider concurrently both productivity aspects (e.g., line balancing and cycle time) and worker well-being related aspects (e.g., the risk of musculoskeletal ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-11]

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A passive back-support exoskeleton for manual materials handling: Reduction of low back loading and metabolic effort during repetitive lifting.

Thomas Schmalz, Anja Colienne, Emily Bywater, Lars Fritzsche, Christian Gärtner, Malte Bellmann, Samuel Reimer, Michael Ernst,

Occupational ApplicationsGlobalization and eCommerce continue to fuel unprecedented growth in the logistics and warehousing markets. Simultaneously, the biggest bottleneck for these industries is their human capital. Where automation and robotic solutions fail to deliver a return on investment, humans frequently take over handling tasks that place harmful loads and strains ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-15]

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A Case Study on the Effects of Foam and Seat Pan Inclination on the Deformation of Seated Buttocks Using MRI.

Xuguang Wang, Léo Savonnet, Loïc Capbern, Sonia Duprey,

Occupational ApplicationsWe investigated the effects of seat pan inclination and foam on the deformation of the seated buttocks using an upright MRI system. From observations among four healthy males, we found that soft tissue deformation under the ischial tuberosity (IT) could be reduced not only by using a soft cushion, ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-10]

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Implementation of the FITS Model Office Ergonomics Program to Promote Musculoskeletal Health: A Case Study in Hong Kong.

Justine M Y Chim, Tienli Chen,

Occupational ApplicationsAn office ergonomics program was implemented at a multinational company in Hong Kong. This program ("FITS" included four components: (1) F: Furniture Evaluation and Selection, wherein the ergonomist conducted a walkthrough review of furniture and environmental settings; (2) I: Individual Workstation Assessment, in which the office ergonomics guideline and ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-13]

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Ergonomic Risk Identification for Spacesuit Movements Using Factorial Analysis.

Linh Q Vu, K Han Kim, Sudhakar L Rajulu,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSBiomechanical risk factors associated with spacesuit manual material handling tasks were evaluated using the singular value decomposition (SVD) technique. SVD analysis decomposed each lifting tasks into primitive motion patterns called eigenposture progression (EP) that contributed to the overall task. Biomechanical metrics, such as total joint displacement, were calculated for ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-9]

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Managing the Intervention Costs of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Hospital Workplace.

Kyriakos Koklonis, Michail Sarafidis, Maria Vastardi, Stamatis Philippakis, Dimitrios Koutsouris,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSThis study demonstrates the applicability of multicriteria tools to solve occupational health and safety (OSH) problems related to cost management in the healthcare sector. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work in which linear programming and established methods for risk assessment of work-related musculoskeletal disorders ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-16]

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Shifting Participatory Design Approaches for Increased Resilience.

Steven C Mallam, Kjetil Nordby, Per Haavardtun, Hanna Nordland, Tine Viveka Westerberg,

Occupational ApplicationsSocial distancing restrictions imposed by the global outbreak of COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities in traditional User-Centered Design processes. This paper presents a shift in methodological thinking and deployment of participatory processes toward a more dynamic and resilient approach of user-centered design in a multi-year joint academia-industry design project. We moved ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-8]

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A Review and Qualitative Meta-Analysis of Digital Human Modeling and Cyber-Physical-Systems in Ergonomics 4.0.

Gunther Paul, Nils Darwin Abele, Karsten Kluth,

Occupational ApplicationsFounded in an empirical case study and theoretical work, this paper reviews the scientific literature to define the role of Digital Human Modeling (DHM), Digital Twin (DT), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) to inform the emerging concept of Ergonomics 4.0. We find that DHM evolved into DT is a core ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-13]

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Guidelines of the German Association of Engineers for Evaluating Human Work in the Digital Factory.

G Zülch,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSStarting with the first part of a guideline in 2001, a group of experts and the associated guideline committee of the German Association of Engineers (VDI) began with the production-logistical evaluation of human work related to simulation procedures and Digital Factory tools. This VDI guideline 3633 part 6 dealt ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-10]

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Model-Based Comparison of Passive and Active Assistance Designs in an Occupational Upper Limb Exoskeleton for Overhead Lifting.

Xianlian Zhou, Liying Zheng,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSIn recent years, various upper limb exoskeletons have been developed aiming to support industrial workers for a range of tasks and reduce risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Most commercially available upper limb exoskeletons are passive systems that use compliant elements such as springs or elastic components to store and ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-19]

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Improving Working Conditions Using the Ergonomic Checkpoints Tool: Application in a Colombian Meat Processing Plant.

Elizabeth Pérez, Yordán Rodríguez, Maria Camila Salazar, Maria Alejandra Trujillo,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSIntegrating ergonomics (or human factors) in production and service processes is a topic of interest for ergonomics researchers and practitioners, especially in industrially-developing countries. In this paper, we present how an ergonomic intervention was carried out in an area of a Colombian meat processing plant using the Ergonomics Checkpoints ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-6]

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The Impact of Commutes, Work Schedules, and Sleep on Near-Crashes during Nurses' Post Shift-Work Commutes: A Naturalistic Driving Study.

Alec Smith, Anthony D McDonald, Farzan Sasangohar,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSDriving and survey data were collected from nurses following the night-shift and analyzed with logistic regression and frequency analysis. The analyses showed that prior near-crashes and drive length contributed significantly to near-crashes. The frequency analysis showed that most near-crashes occurred on major roadways, including principal arterials, major collectors, and ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-10]

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Simplifying Computer Aided Ergonomics: A User-Product Interaction-Modeling Framework in CAD Based on a Taxonomy of Elementary Affordances.

Alexander Wolf, Yvonne Wagner, Marius Oßwald, Jörg Miehling, Sandro Wartzack,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSThis contribution provides a framework for modeling user-product interactions (in CAD) for in-depth ergonomic analysis of product design, using digital human models. The framework aims to be applicable to a wide range of different products while being suitable for designers - especially those who do not have specialized ergonomic ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-13]

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Predicting Cervical Spine Compression and Shear in Helicopter Helmeted Conditions Using Artificial Neural Networks.

Christopher A B Moore, Jeffery M Barrett, Laura Healey, Jack P Callaghan, Steven L Fischer,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSMilitary helicopter pilots around the globe are at high risk of neck pain related to their use of helmet-mounted night vision goggles. Unfortunately, it is difficult to design alternative helmet configurations that reduce the biomechanical exposures on the cervical spine during flight because the time and resource costs associated ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-13]

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Sex Differences in Rotator Cuff Muscles' Response to Various Work-Related Factors.

Hossein Motabar, Ashish D Nimbarte,

Occupational ApplicationsDespite the frequency and cost of rotator cuff injuries among male and female workers, very little is known about the strength, endurance, and perceived exertion and electromyographic response of rotator cuff muscles to different exertion levels. In this study, sex differences were studied using muscle-specific maximal and submaximal exertions ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-12]

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Tire Tread Removing Units in Central India: Risk Factors and Potential Interventions.

Prabir Mukhopadhyay, Durwesh Jhodkar,

Occupational ApplicationsRisk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders were found to be prevalent in the informal work sector of tire tread removing units at Jabalpur in Central India. A majority of the tasks examined were in high-risk category requiring immediate ergonomic intervention. We show that using relatively simple methods, with little ... Read more >>

IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors (IISE transactions on occupational ergonomics and human factors)
[2020, 8(4):204-208]

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Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment based on Combination Weighting and Uncertain Linguistic Information: Method Development and Application to a Construction Project.

Ran Liu, Xun Mou, Hu-Chen Liu,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSOccupational hazards and work-related accidents are a substantial problem in countries around the world. Therefore, it is of great importance to develop appropriate techniques to assess and reduce the risk of occupational hazards. In many situations, however, exact data are inadequate to model real-life scenarios, because of the complexity ... Read more >>

IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors (IISE transactions on occupational ergonomics and human factors)
[2020, 8(4):175-186]

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A Pilot Investigation of the Influence of a Passive Military Exoskeleton on the Performance of Lab-Simulated Operational Tasks.

Kristina M Gruevski, Ian J Cameron, Cerys McGuinness, Adrienne Sy, Krista L Best, Laurent Bouyer, Gabriel Diamond-Ouellette, Ryan B Graham, Thomas Karakolis,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSMilitary load carriage increases musculoskeletal injury risk and reduces performance, but is essential for operational effectiveness. Exoskeletons may play a role in reducing soldier burden. We found that wearing a customized passive exoskeleton during a military obstacle course decreased overall performance compared to a mass-matched control condition. Specifically, the ... Read more >>

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[2020, 8(4):195-203]

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Differences in Friction Performance between New and Worn Shoes.

Austin Cook, Sarah Hemler, Vani Sundaram, Arnab Chanda, Kurt Beschorner,

Occupational ApplicationsSlips and falls are among the most common reason for non-fatal work accidents. Preventing slips in the workplace can be achieved by ensuring sufficient friction between the shoe and floor. As shoes are worn down, there is a decrease in the coefficient of friction, which increases the risk of ... Read more >>

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[2020, 8(4):209-214]

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A comparison of work-rest models using a "breakpoint" analysis raises questions.

W Patrick Neumann, Mufaddal Motiwala, Linda M Rose,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONSDesigning sustainable cyclic work requires attention to both the workload amplitude as well as the duty cycle, the fraction of the work cycle with active workload, that therefore also defines the recovery phase of the cycle. A number of different approaches and models have been developed to calculate the ... Read more >>

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[2020, 8(4):187-194]

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The use of exoskeletons in the occupational context for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of work-related musculoskeletal complaints.

Benjamin Steinhilber, Tessy Luger, Peter Schwenkreis, Stefan Middeldorf, Hartmut Bork, Bernhard Mann, Alexander von Glinski, Thomas A Schildhauer, Stephan Weiler, Martin Schmauder, Kai Heinrich, Gabriele Winter, Gerhard Schnalke, Peter Frener, Ralf Schick, Sascha Wischniewski, Matthias Jäger,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONS This guideline includes 20 recommendations and four key statements that achieved consensus or strong consensus regarding the application of exoskeletons in the workplace for the prevention of musculoskeletal complaints and diseases, the general use and implementation of exoskeletons, and recommendations for risk assessment. The guideline is intended for ... Read more >>

IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors (IISE transactions on occupational ergonomics and human factors)
[2020, 8(3):132-144]

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Historical Trend of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Meatpacking and Auto Industries, 1980s-Present.

Dan MacLeod,

Occupational Applications This paper provides a historical overview of the rise of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) in the U.S. from the 1980s to the present, with a special focus on the two industries with the highest recorded rates: Meatpacking and Auto Assembly. The activities underlying this account amount to a ... Read more >>

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[2020, 8(3):145-154]

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Field Methods to Quantify Emergency Responder Fatigue: Lessons Learned from sUAS Deployment at the 2018 Kilauea Volcano Eruption.

Ranjana K Mehta, Joseph Nuamah, S Camille Peres, Robin R Murphy,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONS There has been increasing use of small unmanned aerial systems in disaster and incident response. We evaluated sUAS pilot states during the tactical response to the 2018 Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone event, using a 3-minute psychomotor vigilance test (PVT) and wrist worn heart rate sensor. The ... Read more >>

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[2020, 8(3):166-174]

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A Comprehensive Review of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Mining Sector and Scope for Ergonomics Design Interventions.

Abhijit Sen, Jayakumar Sanjog, Sougata Karmakar,

OCCUPATIONAL APPLICATIONS Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are prevalent in many industries worldwide, including the large and labor-intensive mining sector. A systematic review was carried out to understand problems in the mining sector issues from three broad perspectives: 1) the prevalence of WMSDs among miners; 2) the association of occupational, psychosocial, ... Read more >>

IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors (IISE transactions on occupational ergonomics and human factors)
[2020, 8(3):113-131]

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