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Document ID (ISN)63644
CIS number 95-362
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vezina N., Tierney D., Messing K.
Title When is light work heavy? Components of the physical workload of sewing machine operators working at piecework rates
Bibliographic information Aug. 1992, Vol.23, No.4, p.268-276. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract An ergonomic technique for assessing the physical workload of sewing machine operators is described. The work activity of ten workers in a trouser factory was observed and timed and forces were measured with a dynamometer. Components of the workload (force exerted, repetitions, time allocation and postures) could be related to types of reported musculoskeletal complaints and to existing epidemiological data. This type of examination may be applied by health and safety personnel in the design of tasks to minimize the probability of musculoskeletal problems.
Descriptors (primary) physical workload; sewing machines; clothing industry; ergonomic evaluation; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) repetitive work; epidemiologic study; work posture; force
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Clothing and finished textile products industry
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system