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J Hum Ergol (Tokyo). 2010 Dec;39(2):79-88.

Anthropometric characteristics of Indian cycle rickshaw pullers.

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Regional Occupational Health Centre (Eastern) (Indian Council of Medical Research) Block DP, Sector V, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 091, India.


In India, about 0.86 million people is engaged in pulling cycle rickshaws as occupation. There is no anthropometric data of cycle rickshaw pullers although data is available for Indian population. The objective of the study was to collect anthropometric data of the cycle rickshaw pullers so that these could be utilized for redesigning a cycle rickshaw. Anthropometric data for 34 body measurements were recorded from 880 rickshaw pullers (age 18 to 66 years) of four different places in India. The mean values of different standing heights, different lengths and breadths of cycle rickshaw pullers were significantly lower compared with Indian population. However, there was no significant difference in erect sitting height. The outcome of the research project is beneficial for the manufacturers of cycle rickshaws and similar products well as users of such products, including rickshaw pullers. The manufacturers would be able to use the data for fabricating newer models of cycle rickshaws which would be more compatible for rickshaw pullers as well as passengers.

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