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Appl Ergon. 2017 Nov;65:424-436. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2017.03.016. Epub 2017 Apr 15.

An evaluation of wearable sensors and their placements for analyzing construction worker's trunk posture in laboratory conditions.

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1
Department of Construction Management, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA; Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. Electronic address: wonillee@uw.edu.
2
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
3
Department of Construction Management, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of sensor placement on the analysis of trunk posture for construction activities using two off-the-shelf systems. Experiments were performed using a single-parameter monitoring wearable sensor (SPMWS), the ActiGraph GT9X Link, which was worn at six locations on the body, and a multi-parameter monitoring wearable sensor (MPMWS), the Zephyr BioHarness™3, which was worn at two body positions. One healthy male was recruited and conducted 10 experiment sessions to repeat measurements of trunk posture within our study. Measurements of upper-body thoracic bending posture during the lifting and lowering of raised deck materials in a laboratory setting were compared against video-captured observations of posture. The measurements from the two sensors were found to be in agreement during slow-motion symmetric bending activities with a target bending of ≤45°. However, for asymmetric bending tasks, when the SPMWS was placed on the chest, its readings were substantially different from those of the MPMWS worn on the chest or under the armpit.

KEYWORDS:

Accelerometer for inclinometry; Construction worker; Work-related musculoskeletal disorder

PMID:
28420483
DOI:
10.1016/j.apergo.2017.03.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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