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Brenda Elizabeth Olivas-Padilla; Dimitrios Menychtas; Alina Glushkova; Sotiris Manitsaris
To prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) the ergonomists apply manual heuristic methods to determine when the worker is exposed to risk factors. However, these methods require an observer and the results can be subjective. This paper proposes a method to automatically evaluate the ergonomic risk factors when performing a set of postures from the ergonomic assessment worksheet (EAWS). Joint angle motion data have been recorded with a full-body motion capture system. These data modeled the motion patterns of four different risk factors, with the use of hidden Markov models (HMMs). Based on the EAWS, automated scores were assigned by the HMMs and were compared to the scores calculated manually. Because the method proposed here is intrusive and requires expensive equipment, kinematic data from a reduced set of two sensors was also evaluated.
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