Assessment of postural loading among the assembly operators

A case study at Malaysian automotive industry

A. R. Ismail, M. L. Yeo, M. H M Haniff, Rozli Zulkifli, Baba Md Deros, N. K. Makhtar

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Abstract

Many occupational tasks in industrial are still associated with strenuous working postures and movement. Combined with a heavy physical workload, they result in a high frequency of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). The intention of this study is to reveal the empirical study of discomfort experience by the operators during performing the task at the Malaysia automotive industries. The OWAS (Ovako Work Assessment System) tool is used in order to assess the area of discomfort reported by the operators by filling the survey questionnaire prior than the analysis being done. The working posture is modeled in the WinOWAS software and the analyses will be done respectively. OWAS analyses are able to detect the awkward posture. From the analysis result, a comparison among work discomfort survey questionnaire, OWAS posture analysis method been done and new optimum posture is created for the awkward posture. One optimum working posture is achieved at the end of this research in order to increase safety level and to avoid discomfort occur. The results of analysis were used to improve the method of work, design of workstation and also improving the work posture to increase the comfort level of operators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-235
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Optimum
  • OWAS
  • Posture
  • WMSD

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Assessment of postural loading among the assembly operators : A case study at Malaysian automotive industry. / Ismail, A. R.; Yeo, M. L.; Haniff, M. H M; Zulkifli, Rozli; Md Deros, Baba; Makhtar, N. K.

In: European Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2009, p. 224-235.

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