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Evaluation of ergonomic physical risk factors in a truck manufacturing plant: case study in SCANIA Production Angers.

Zare M, Malinge-Oudenot A, Höglund R, Biau S, Roquelaure Y - Ind Health (2015)

Bottom Line: The NIOSH lifting index (LI) was greater than two for four lifting tasks.Moreover, meaningful variations in ergonomic risk patterns were found for various truck models at each workstation.These results provide a better understanding of the physical ergonomic exposure from practitioner's point of view in the automotive assembly plant.

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Affiliation: Laboratory of Ergonomic and Epidemiology in Occupational Health (LEEST), University of Angers, France.

ABSTRACT
The aims of this study were 1) to assess the ergonomic physical risk factors from practitioner's viewpoint in a truck assembly plant with an in-house observational method and the NIOSH lifting equation, and 2) to compare the results of both methods and their differences. The in-house ergonomic observational method for truck assembly i.e. the SCANIA Ergonomics Standard (SES) and the NIOSH lifting equation were applied to evaluate physical risk factors and lifting of loads by operators. Both risk assessment approaches revealed various levels of risk, ranging from low to high. Two workstations were identified by the SES method as high risk. The NIOSH lifting index (LI) was greater than two for four lifting tasks. The results of the SES method disagreed with the NIOSH lifting equation for lifting tasks. Moreover, meaningful variations in ergonomic risk patterns were found for various truck models at each workstation. These results provide a better understanding of the physical ergonomic exposure from practitioner's point of view in the automotive assembly plant.

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Pattern of risk factors at ‘Mounting Air filter and cab tilt cylinderon chassis’ workstation for standard and variant (higher airintake) trucks.
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fig_001: Pattern of risk factors at ‘Mounting Air filter and cab tilt cylinderon chassis’ workstation for standard and variant (higher airintake) trucks.

Mentions: At the ‘Air Filter & Cab tilt Cylinder Mounting’ workstation, 33.3% ofthe SES components were red, 38% of the components were yellow and 28.7% were green. Thelifting the air filter (LI=1.9) and the cab tilt cylinder (LI=1.2) from trolley, carryingand mounting, and connecting the cables and hoses were identified as high risk tasks at thisworkstation. At this workstation, the pattern of risks for variations in truck models wassubstantially different from that for standard trucks, while the number of red and yellowassessments was approximately the same (Fig. 1Fig. 1.


Evaluation of ergonomic physical risk factors in a truck manufacturing plant: case study in SCANIA Production Angers.

Zare M, Malinge-Oudenot A, Höglund R, Biau S, Roquelaure Y - Ind Health (2015)

Pattern of risk factors at ‘Mounting Air filter and cab tilt cylinderon chassis’ workstation for standard and variant (higher airintake) trucks.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig_001: Pattern of risk factors at ‘Mounting Air filter and cab tilt cylinderon chassis’ workstation for standard and variant (higher airintake) trucks.
Mentions: At the ‘Air Filter & Cab tilt Cylinder Mounting’ workstation, 33.3% ofthe SES components were red, 38% of the components were yellow and 28.7% were green. Thelifting the air filter (LI=1.9) and the cab tilt cylinder (LI=1.2) from trolley, carryingand mounting, and connecting the cables and hoses were identified as high risk tasks at thisworkstation. At this workstation, the pattern of risks for variations in truck models wassubstantially different from that for standard trucks, while the number of red and yellowassessments was approximately the same (Fig. 1Fig. 1.

Bottom Line: The NIOSH lifting index (LI) was greater than two for four lifting tasks.Moreover, meaningful variations in ergonomic risk patterns were found for various truck models at each workstation.These results provide a better understanding of the physical ergonomic exposure from practitioner's point of view in the automotive assembly plant.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratory of Ergonomic and Epidemiology in Occupational Health (LEEST), University of Angers, France.

ABSTRACT
The aims of this study were 1) to assess the ergonomic physical risk factors from practitioner's viewpoint in a truck assembly plant with an in-house observational method and the NIOSH lifting equation, and 2) to compare the results of both methods and their differences. The in-house ergonomic observational method for truck assembly i.e. the SCANIA Ergonomics Standard (SES) and the NIOSH lifting equation were applied to evaluate physical risk factors and lifting of loads by operators. Both risk assessment approaches revealed various levels of risk, ranging from low to high. Two workstations were identified by the SES method as high risk. The NIOSH lifting index (LI) was greater than two for four lifting tasks. The results of the SES method disagreed with the NIOSH lifting equation for lifting tasks. Moreover, meaningful variations in ergonomic risk patterns were found for various truck models at each workstation. These results provide a better understanding of the physical ergonomic exposure from practitioner's point of view in the automotive assembly plant.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus