Faults and the physical workload in sawing and packing-related woodworking processes when considering potential ergonomic solutions

H. Kalkis (Coresponding Author), Z. Roja, S. Babris

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Abstract

The forest sector is a high-risk economic sector in Latvia, one in which manual work, awkward postures, the tightening up of individual muscle groups, and work monotony still exists. The aim of this study was to analyse the physical workload and fault modes, and their effects on the sawing and packing processes in woodworking when considering potential ergonomic solutions. Results show that packing operators and saw operators alike are exposed to severe loads, and these results coincide with survey results in which employees in these professions complain about the physical load and mention lower back pain. Fault modes and their effects on the sawing and packing processes were analysed using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, and the main errors which were revealed in packing operations were related to machinery and lifting equipment, as well as to ergonomics and errors involving the human factor. The risk priority was calculated in terms of a figure. Financial indices were compared before and after any potential improvement in the sawing and packing processes. Analysis proves that investments in the improvement of ergonomics in relation to the automation of the production process saves human resources and is economically favourable when it comes to ensuring the sustainable development of the business in question.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1708-1719
Number of pages12
JournalAgronomy Research
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Ergonomics
  • Failure modes
  • Forest sector
  • Load
  • Operations

Field of Science

  • 5.2 Economy and Business

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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