Development and evaluation of a microprocessor-based ergonomic dosimeter for evaluating carpentry tasks.
Bhattacharya-A; Warren-J; Teuschler-J; Dimov-M; Medvedovic-M; Lemasters-G
Appl Ergon 1999 Dec; 30(6):543-553
This portable and self-contained lightweight microprocessor based Ergonomic Dosimeter is designed to collect continuously postural angles of the torso and the upper arm in the sagittal plane and the number of kneeling activities. Up to 4h of task performance data can be stored in a non-volatile memory of the dosimeter, which can then be downloaded to a lap-top computer. The portable dosimeter was tested for test-retest reliability, compared with posture data obtained with a computer-based video analysis system and evaluated at a carpenter's apprentices school and at a construction site. The dosimeter was shown to be suitable for collecting posture and kneeling data for a prolonged period at construction sites.
Ergonomics; Posture; Musculoskeletal-system; Computer-equipment; Computer-models; Construction-workers; Physical-stress; Muscle-stress; Muscle-function; Skeletal-stress; Skeletal-system; Skeletal-movement
A. Bhattacharya, Biomechanics-Ergonomics Research Lab, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
University of Cincinnati