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Observational Methods for Analyzing Working Postures in Agriculture

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 3(3):169 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17753) @1997
Authors:   S. Pinzke
Keywords:   Observational methods, Working postures, Musculoskeletal disorders, Agriculture, Farmers

This article aims to review selected methods for analyzing working postures. Special emphasis is put on field methods, applicable to agricultural tasks, which are easy to learn and use. The review will therefore focus on observational methods. It covers methods for studying whole body postures and techniques that only analyze one part of the body. The methods require equipment ranging from highly technical and computer-based ones down to a simple approach using paper and pencil. The advantages and the disadvantages of the described methods are discussed as well as their usability in agricultural studies.

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