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Comparison of three methods for evaluation of work postures in a truck assembly plant.

Authors
  • Zare, Mohsen1
  • Biau, Sophie1, 2
  • Brunet, Rene3
  • Roquelaure, Yves3
  • 1 a Equipe ERCOS-UTBM - Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté , Belfort , France. , (France)
  • 2 b French Institute of National Horse Riding School (IFCE) , Saumur , France. , (France)
  • 3 c INSERM, U1085, IRSET, ESTER Team, University of Angers , Angers , France. , (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ergonomics
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2017
Volume
60
Issue
11
Pages
1551–1563
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1314023
PMID: 28475477
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This study compared the results of three risk assessment tools (self-reported questionnaire, observational tool, direct measurement method) for the upper limbs and back in a truck assembly plant at two cycle times (11 and 8 min). The weighted Kappa factor showed fair agreement between the observational and direct measurement method for the arm (0.39) and back (0.47). The weighted Kappa factor for these methods was poor for the neck (0) and wrist (0) but the observed proportional agreement (Po) was 0.78 for the neck and 0.83 for the wrist. The weighted Kappa factor between questionnaire and direct measurement showed poor or slight agreement (0) for different body segments in both cycle times. The results revealed moderate agreement between the observational tool and the direct measurement method, and poor agreement between the self-reported questionnaire and direct measurement. Practitioner Summary: This study provides risk exposure measurement by different common ergonomic methods in the field. The results help to develop valid measurements and improve exposure evaluation. Hence, the ergonomist/practitioners should apply the methods with caution, or at least knowing what the issues/errors are.

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