Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Real-Time Risk Assessment of Seated Work Postures

Chika Edith Mgbemena, Ashutosh Tiwari, Yuchun Xu, John Oyekan, Windo Hutabarat

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Abstract

This paper presents a posture assessment tool which utilizes the depth sensing techniques of a 3D imaging sensor for ergonomic risk assessment of seated worker’s postures during controlled manual handling tasks. The tool, which has been developed to utilize the manual handling guidelines by the Health and Safety Regulators of some selected countries to measure and assess the postures of the upper bodies of Operators, is tested to ascertain its effectiveness in assessing seated postures. The tool offers real-time posture assessment with real-time feedback to inform Operators on when to adjust awkward seated postures. An experiment has been performed to record, assess and display the work postures of some seated Operators in real-time with ‘Good’ and ‘Awkward’ postures identified with real-time feedback provided to the Operators. Results show that the tool can assess seated work postures in real-time which helps to reduce the rate of occurrence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
EditorsP. Arezes
PublisherSpringer
Pages423-434
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-60525-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-60524-1
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Safety Management and Human Factors
Volume604
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

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Ergonomics
Risk assessment
Feedback
Health
Imaging techniques
Sensors
Experiments

Keywords

  • Microsoft Kinect
  • Awkward postures
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Seated workers

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Mgbemena, C. E., Tiwari, A., Xu, Y., Oyekan, J., & Hutabarat, W. (2017). Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Real-Time Risk Assessment of Seated Work Postures. In P. Arezes (Ed.), Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (pp. 423-434). (Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors; Vol. 604). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60525-8_44
Mgbemena, Chika Edith ; Tiwari, Ashutosh ; Xu, Yuchun ; Oyekan, John ; Hutabarat, Windo. / Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Real-Time Risk Assessment of Seated Work Postures. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. editor / P. Arezes. Springer, 2017. pp. 423-434 (Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors).
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Mgbemena, CE, Tiwari, A, Xu, Y, Oyekan, J & Hutabarat, W 2017, Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Real-Time Risk Assessment of Seated Work Postures. in P Arezes (ed.), Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, vol. 604, Springer, pp. 423-434. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60525-8_44

Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Real-Time Risk Assessment of Seated Work Postures. / Mgbemena, Chika Edith; Tiwari, Ashutosh; Xu, Yuchun; Oyekan, John; Hutabarat, Windo.

Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. ed. / P. Arezes. Springer, 2017. p. 423-434 (Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors; Vol. 604).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

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Mgbemena CE, Tiwari A, Xu Y, Oyekan J, Hutabarat W. Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Real-Time Risk Assessment of Seated Work Postures. In Arezes P, editor, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer. 2017. p. 423-434. (Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60525-8_44