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Quantification of Muscular, Postural, and Upper Limb Movement Demands During Overhead Crane Operation to Evaluate the Potential Efficacy of a Camera Based System

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Title: Quantification of Muscular, Postural, and Upper Limb Movement Demands During Overhead Crane Operation to Evaluate the Potential Efficacy of a Camera Based System
Author: Munro, Mark
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Oliver, Michelle
Abstract: ABSTRACT Quantification of Muscular, Postural, and Upper Limb Movement Demands During Overhead Crane Operation to Evaluate the Potential Efficacy of a Camera Based System Daniel Mark Munro Advisor: University of Guelph, 2014 Dr. Michele Oliver Crane operators work long hours in constrained workspaces requiring awkward postures. Neck extension, trunk flexion and repetitive arm movement have been associated with an increased risk of developing neck and shoulder pain. Biomechanical and physiological loads of crane operators were quantified onsite and used as a guide to design a laboratory experiment to test the efficacy of a camera based system to reduce the loads on the operators. Electromyography revealed that muscle loads associated with trunk flexion and a high number of joystick movements were well above the accepted levels. The laboratory study revealed that changing the posture to an upright position by implementing a camera-based intervention to a more neutral, upright position, had a positive impact on reducing work-related muscle loading.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8481
Date: 2014-09


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