Pushing, pulling and manoeuvring an industrial cart: a psychophysiological study

Evanthia Giagloglou, Milan Radenkovic, Sasa Brankovic, Panagiotis Antoniou, Ivana Zivanovic-Macuzic

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Abstract

One of the most frequent manual occupational tasks involves the pushing and pulling of a cart. Although several studies have associated health risks with pushing and pulling, the effects are not clear since occupational tasks have social, cognitive and physical components. The present work investigates a real case of a pushing and pulling occupational task from a manufacturing company. The study initially characterizes the case in accordance with Standard No. ISO 11228-2:2007 as low risk. An experiment with 14 individuals during three modalities of pushing and pulling was performed in order to further investigate the task with the application of electrophysiology. At the end, a simple questionnaire was given. The results show electrophysiological differences among the three modalities of pushing and pulling, with a major difference between action with no load and fully loaded with a full range of motions on the cart to handle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-304
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Volume25
Issue number2
Early online date18 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • electrodermal activity
  • pushing–pulling
  • Standard No. ISO 11228-2:2007

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