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Workstation design in carpet hand-weaving operation: Guidelines for prevention of musculoskeletal disorders
School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.
School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research, Tehran University of Medical.
School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research, Tehran University of Medical.
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2004 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, E-ISSN 2376-9130, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 411-424Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Carpet weavers suffer from musculoskeletal problems mainly attributed to poor working postures. Their posture is mostly constrained by the design of workstations. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of 2 design parameters (weaving height and seat type) on postural variables and subjective experience, and to develop guidelines for workstation adjustments. At an experimental workstation, 30 professional weavers worked in 9 different conditions. Working posture and weavers' perceptions were measured. It was shown that head, neck and shoulder postures were influenced by weaving height. Both design parameters influenced trunk and elbows postures. The determinant factor for weavers' perception on the neck, shoulders and elbows was found to be weaving height, and on the back and knees it was seat type. Based on the results, the following guidelines were developed: (a) weaving height should be adjusted to 20 cm above elbow height; (b) a 10º forward-sloping high seat is to be used at weaving workstations.

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2004. Vol. 10, no 4, p. 411-424
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10599Local ID: 96bf9af0-4ffa-11dc-98a3-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10599DiVA, id: diva2:983544
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