The relationships between biomechanical and postural stresses, musculoskeletal injury rates, and perceived body discomfort experienced by industrial workers: a field study.
Stuebbe-P; Genaidy-A; Karwowski-W; Kwon-YG; Alhemood-A
Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2002 Oct; 8(2):259-280
A combination of archival, subjective, and observational field data collection methods were used to investigate the relationship between biomechanical and postural stresses, and the resulting physical strain experienced by industrial workers of a packaging plant. Assessment of physical strain was based on the number and incidence rate of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-reportable injuries that were recorded over a period of 27 months, and based on the self-reported ratings of perceived body discomfort. Both the biomechanical and postural stresses correlated with the musculoskeletal injury rate. The results illustrate the usefulness of postural and biomechanical analyses for assessing the risk of injury in industry.
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Biomechanics; Posture; Force; Risk-factors; Physical-stress; Ergonomics; Industrial-factory-workers; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Body-regions; Workplace-studies; Job-analysis; Work-performance
Ashraf Genaidy, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics