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Ergonomic research in the German travelling mail services Part 2: results of ergonomic research in railway mail vans.

Authors
  • Rohmert, W
  • Laurig, W
  • Jenik, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied Ergonomics
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1972
Volume
3
Issue
2
Pages
106–109
Identifiers
PMID: 15677098
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The travelling mail office clerks are shown, by medical examination and sociopsychological questionnaire, to be a very homogeneous naturally self-selected group with a low average age. The analysis of tasks shows a disadvantageous distribution of some main tasks over the work shift. Energy expenditure and cardio-vascular strain above physiological endurance limits occur mainly with the tasks of loading, handling and emptying mail bags. Environmental factors are mainly within acceptable standards. Fast-time simulation studies show that proposals can be made for organisation work (by job rotation) and selection of TMO clerks based on their individual working capacity.

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