Physical workload analysis in processing operations: Metal processing manufacturing

Zenija Roja (Coresponding Author), Henrijs Kalkis, Sandis Babris, Inara Roja, Kristine Bokse, Ansis Ventins

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to perform physical workload analysis in metal processing industry operations (assembly operators, packaging operators and inspection staff) using objective ergonomics research methods based on the heart rate monitoring and muscle fatigue. The study was carried out in a medium sized metal manufacturing enterprise in Latvia in the department of manufacturing of ironing boards. Assembly, packaging operators and inspection staff agreed to take part in the objective heart rate monitoring and muscle myotonometry measurements. Results show that workers are at high risk of developing WMSDs, since they are subjected to heavy manual work and load on muscles during work. Accordingly to the heart rate analysis the assembly operators and packing operators can be subdivided into heavy work category, but inspection staff- in moderately heavy category. Myotonometry investigation results confirm muscle fatigue and heaviness of physical workload.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors
EditorsWaldemar Karwowski, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages14-21
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030201418
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAHFE International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume967
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.
Period24/07/1928/07/19

Keywords

  • Heart rate
  • Miotonometry
  • Operators
  • Production

Field of Science

  • 5.2 Economy and Business
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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