Design and implementation of ergonomic risk assessment feedback system for improved work posture assessment


Ergonomic risk factors which include force, repetition and awkward postures, can result in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) among workers. Hence, systems that provide real-time feedback to the worker concerning his current ergonomic behaviours are desirable. This paper presents the design and implementation of a human-machine interface posture assessment feedback system whose conceptual model is developed through a model-driven development perspective using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and interface flow diagrams. The resulting system provides a shop floor with a simple, cost-effective and automatic tool for real-time display of worker's postures. Testing the system on volunteer participants reveals that it is easy to use, achieves real-time posture assessment and provides easy-to-understand feedback to workers. This system may be useful for reducing the rate of occurrence of awkward postures, one of the contributing factors to risk of WMSDs among workers.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited Funding: Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Nigeria
Uncontrolled Keywords: Awkward postures,ergonomics; manual handling;,user interface,realtime feedback
Publication ISSN: 1464-536X
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-07-04
Published Online Date: 2017-10-03
Accepted Date: 2017-09-14
Authors: Mgbemena, Chika Edith
Oyekan, John
Hutabarat, Windo
Xu, Yuchun (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6388-813X)
Tiwari, Ashutosh



Version: Accepted Version

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