RULA

Postural loading assessment tools for Malaysia mining industry

M. S. Norhidayah, Nik Mohd Zuki Nik Mohamed, Muhamad Arifpin Mansor, Ahmad Rasdan Ismail

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Abstract

The ergonomics and environment factors have been the core issue for the mining industry for many years, and its profiles are rising. To ensure an ergonomics work environment, it is possible to require specific attention especially in this industries sector. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the essential issue in Malaysia due to lack of ergonomics knowledge and low awareness among the engineers in the mining sector. The focus of this study is to evaluate and validate the physical risk factor associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSDs) by using Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) among mining industry workers. All the physical risk factors involved the main body regions such as upper arm, lower arm, wrist, trunk, neck and leg that has been identified associated with WMSDs. There were 18 subjects selected to involve in this study. Those subjects were chosen according to their job task. To increase the reliability of the result, each subject was evaluated thrice in the trials. From the analysis, the average of final score of the RULA is 7 indicates high risk and calls for engineering/or work method changes to reduce or eliminate muscular disorder risk. The results of the analysis were used to improve the process of work, design of workstation and also improving the work posture to enhance the comfort level of operators. This study is crucial among the mining industry that is a lack of the information and research about the ergonomics issues in the industry. The overall finding indicated that the whole process of selected work task will contribute to musculoskeletal disorder either for a short or long time exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Ergonomics
  • Mining
  • Risk factor
  • RULA

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  • Engineering(all)

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Norhidayah, M. S., Nik Mohamed, N. M. Z., Mansor, M. A., & Ismail, A. R. (2016). RULA: Postural loading assessment tools for Malaysia mining industry. Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, 11, 1-8.

RULA : Postural loading assessment tools for Malaysia mining industry. / Norhidayah, M. S.; Nik Mohamed, Nik Mohd Zuki; Mansor, Muhamad Arifpin; Ismail, Ahmad Rasdan.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 11, 01.04.2016, p. 1-8.

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Norhidayah, MS, Nik Mohamed, NMZ, Mansor, MA & Ismail, AR 2016, 'RULA: Postural loading assessment tools for Malaysia mining industry', Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, vol. 11, pp. 1-8.
Norhidayah MS, Nik Mohamed NMZ, Mansor MA, Ismail AR. RULA: Postural loading assessment tools for Malaysia mining industry. Journal of Engineering Science and Technology. 2016 Apr 1;11:1-8.
Norhidayah, M. S. ; Nik Mohamed, Nik Mohd Zuki ; Mansor, Muhamad Arifpin ; Ismail, Ahmad Rasdan. / RULA : Postural loading assessment tools for Malaysia mining industry. In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology. 2016 ; Vol. 11. pp. 1-8.
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