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A method for evaluation of manual work using synchronised video recordings and physiological measurements

Forsman, M; Hansson, Gert-Åke LU ; Medbo, L; Asterland, P and Engstrom, T (2002) In Applied Ergonomics 33(6). p.533-540
Abstract
Industrial interventions that focus on increased productivity may impair the ergonomics, on a workstation or individual level. This paper presents a method that characterises work time consumption and physical work load of manual work, using video recordings synchronised with physiological measurements of, e.g. muscular activity, and postures. The underlying idea was that it is possible to amalgamate technical and human aspects resulting in a synergetic evaluation. The method was developed through two case studies within the Swedish automotive industry, where manual materials handling was studied. A methodological result was that the synchronising procedure was sufficiently precise to allow work activities to be assigned significantly... (More)
Industrial interventions that focus on increased productivity may impair the ergonomics, on a workstation or individual level. This paper presents a method that characterises work time consumption and physical work load of manual work, using video recordings synchronised with physiological measurements of, e.g. muscular activity, and postures. The underlying idea was that it is possible to amalgamate technical and human aspects resulting in a synergetic evaluation. The method was developed through two case studies within the Swedish automotive industry, where manual materials handling was studied. A methodological result was that the synchronising procedure was sufficiently precise to allow work activities to be assigned significantly different levels of physical work load. These different levels may be used to predict physical work load in the design and change of production systems. It was concluded that the method is accurate enough to be a useful tool in industrial interventions. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. (Less)
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industrial interventions, work activity analysis, work organisation
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Applied Ergonomics
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33
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6
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533 - 540
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Elsevier
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10.1016/S0003-6870(02)00070-4
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  author       = {Forsman, M and Hansson, Gert-Åke and Medbo, L and Asterland, P and Engstrom, T},
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  keyword      = {industrial interventions,work activity analysis,work organisation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {533--540},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Applied Ergonomics},
  title        = {A method for evaluation of manual work using synchronised video recordings and physiological measurements},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0003-6870(02)00070-4},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2002},
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