Assessing the Possibility of Musculoskeletal Disorders Occurrence in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Operators of Educational Institutes

Kamath, Raghavendra C and Naik, Nithesh and Bhat, Rithesh and Prashant, M and Sinniah, Aravind (2020) Assessing the Possibility of Musculoskeletal Disorders Occurrence in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Operators of Educational Institutes. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 29 (3). pp. 6191-6197. ISSN 2005-4238

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Abstract

Medical issues related to musculoskeletal disorders are the vital contributors towards absenteeism in the modern scenario. Ergonomics is a field that deals with the overall planning of a task to make it suitable for the working personnel while reducing the injuries, particularly the MSDs, and improving productivity. The present work focuses on investigating the prevalence of MSDs among the operators who work in the mechanical engineering laboratories in one of the premier Engineering University in Malaysia. The work considers the impact of working posture to be more significant in the case of the well-equipped laboratory compared to any other factors. Thus, the study involves the application of REBA and RULA analysis for the assessment through manual observation and software evaluation. The evaluation carried out while working on the equipment placed in the selected laboratory sectionsinfers that there is a possibility of the operators developing the MSDs while working on them if not rectified immediately. Besides, the software evaluation outperforms the results obtained using manual observation

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ergonomics, Industrial Engineering;Musculoskeletal disorders; RULA, REBA, ErgoFellow
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 09:41
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 09:41
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/155118

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