Work posture load evaluation in medium size metal processing enterprise in Latvia

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

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the exposure of individual workers to ergonomic risk factors associated with upper, lower extremities and trunk WRMSDs and to assess entire body posture for risk of WRMSDs. The company that produces finished metal products (ironing boards) was chosen for the research. Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) was used to assess the entire body posture for risk of WRMSDs. Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) method was used for ironing boards employees to evaluate exposure of the neck, trunk, arms and legs in relation to physical load. Our study proved that employees are subjected to WRMSDs due to the load on certain body parts during the work: shoulder and neck area, lower back, legs and arms. Forced work postures are an essential risk factor at work. Assemblers and packers are subdued to high risk level, but inspectors – to medium risk level, which corresponds to evaluation with RULA and REBA methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1040
Number of pages8
JournalAgronomy Research
Volume17
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords*

  • Ergonomics
  • Physical load
  • REBA
  • RULA
  • Work posture

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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