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Published: 2021-12-31

Added value of motion capture technology for occupational health and safety innovations

University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland
Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland
University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland
University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland
computer technology motion capture risk assessment ergonomics mobility musculoskeletal disorders

Abstract

Ergonomic principles in production assembly and manufacturing operations have become an essential part of comprehensive health and safety innovations. We aim to provide new insights into occupational health and safety innovations and how they utilise biomechanical methods and cutting-edge motion capture technology by assessing movements at a workplace. The practical goal is to quantify a connection between work exposure and ergonomic risk measures to determine biomechanical risk factors of diseases or health-related disorders objectively. The target group consisted of 62 factory employees working in manufacturing (26 participants on 12 devices) or assembly areas (36 participants on 9 devices). Body posture, body parts position, movements, energy cost and workloads were assessed using an inertial motion capture (MC) system. MC technology accurately assesses the operator’s movements. The proposed methodology could complement ergonomic procedures in the design of workstations, which is the added value of the motion capture technology for occupational health and safety innovations.

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Winiarski, S., Molek-Winiarska, D., Chomątowska, B., Sipko, T., & Dyvak, M. (2021). Added value of motion capture technology for occupational health and safety innovations. Human Technology, 17(3), 235–260. https://doi.org/10.14254/1795-6889.2021.17-3.4