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Document ID (ISN)105373
CIS number 06-978
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kumar R., Chaikumarn M., Kumar S.
Title Psychological, subjective and postural loads in passenger train wagon cleaning using a conventional and redesigned cleaning tool
Bibliographic information Oct. 2005, Vol.35, No.10, p.931-938. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract A cleaning process for passenger train wagons was studied and analysed using both conventional and ergonomically-redesigned cleaning tools. Results of a study of 13 cleaners performing their normal tasks showed that perceived exertion, oxygen consumption and heart rate were significantly lower when using the new tool and the postural load was also significantly less. It is concluded that the redesigned cleaning tool allowed cleaners to maintain a more upright posture when cleaning, thus reducing biomechanical load.
Descriptors (primary) wagons; ergonomics; design of equipment; hand tools; rail transport; cleaning
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; physical workload; standing posture; body mechanics; pulse rate; ergonomic evaluation; oxygen intake
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; Sweden
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hand and portable tools
Rail transportation
Cleaning work