Investigation of oil palm harvesters' postures using RULA analysis

Baba Md Deros, Nor Kamaliana Khamis, D. Mohamad, N. Kabilmiharbi, D. D I Daruis

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Abstract

Manual workers in agricultural industry are frequently exposed to work related discomfort and pain while performing their work tasks. This leads to common health problems such as Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) which occur due to the feeling of discomfort while performing daily tasks, which in turn affect their work performance. An interview was conducted with three palm oil harvesters to gather information regarding their body part discomfort and general view on working conditions. Consequently, a video camera was used to record the postures and movements of these harvesters while performing their tasks. The Digital Human Modeling Software (DHMS) was used to analyze the postures by using Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) analysis. The findings showed that the harvesters experienced body part discomfort mainly on the upper body limbs. Based on the RULA analysis, all recorded postures were unsafe hence immediate actions should be implemented to ensure safe and comfortable working conditions. The main problems were their repetitive movements, awkward postures and heavy tools used when performing the work tasks. Necessary actions should be taken to minimize work risk.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIECBES 2014, Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: "Miri, Where Engineering in Medicine and Biology and Humanity Meet"
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages287-290
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479940844
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2015
Event3rd IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, IECBES 2014 - Kuala Lumpur
Duration: 8 Dec 201410 Dec 2014

Other

Other3rd IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, IECBES 2014
CityKuala Lumpur
Period8/12/1410/12/14

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Palm oil
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  • Biomedical Engineering

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Md Deros, B., Khamis, N. K., Mohamad, D., Kabilmiharbi, N., & Daruis, D. D. I. (2015). Investigation of oil palm harvesters' postures using RULA analysis. In IECBES 2014, Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: "Miri, Where Engineering in Medicine and Biology and Humanity Meet" (pp. 287-290). [7047504] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IECBES.2014.7047504

Investigation of oil palm harvesters' postures using RULA analysis. / Md Deros, Baba; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana; Mohamad, D.; Kabilmiharbi, N.; Daruis, D. D I.

IECBES 2014, Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: "Miri, Where Engineering in Medicine and Biology and Humanity Meet". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. p. 287-290 7047504.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Md Deros, B, Khamis, NK, Mohamad, D, Kabilmiharbi, N & Daruis, DDI 2015, Investigation of oil palm harvesters' postures using RULA analysis. in IECBES 2014, Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: "Miri, Where Engineering in Medicine and Biology and Humanity Meet"., 7047504, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 287-290, 3rd IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, IECBES 2014, Kuala Lumpur, 8/12/14. https://doi.org/10.1109/IECBES.2014.7047504
Md Deros B, Khamis NK, Mohamad D, Kabilmiharbi N, Daruis DDI. Investigation of oil palm harvesters' postures using RULA analysis. In IECBES 2014, Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: "Miri, Where Engineering in Medicine and Biology and Humanity Meet". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. p. 287-290. 7047504 https://doi.org/10.1109/IECBES.2014.7047504
Md Deros, Baba ; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana ; Mohamad, D. ; Kabilmiharbi, N. ; Daruis, D. D I. / Investigation of oil palm harvesters' postures using RULA analysis. IECBES 2014, Conference Proceedings - 2014 IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: "Miri, Where Engineering in Medicine and Biology and Humanity Meet". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. pp. 287-290
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