A new risk assessment approach for the analysis of musculoskeletal disorders

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Gonen D., Karaoglan A. D., Ocaktan M. A. B., Oral A., Aticti H., Kaya B.

JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE OF GAZI UNIVERSITY, vol.33, no.2, pp.423-438, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


In this study a new risk assessment method for the evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders is proposed. "Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire" which was developed by Cornell University and widely used in the literature is adapted to fit the purpose of the study, and used as the data collection tool of the proposed method. The application of this method is conducted in a company that produces cable harnesses in the automotive supply industry and the musculoskeletal disorders of assembly line employees were identified (or diagnosed). The verification of the method was made using Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), AnyBody Modelling System (AMS) analysis and Electromyography (EMG) measurements. The results show that the proposed method can be used successfully in prioritizing the work-related musculoskeletal system disorders (MSD), taking into account the intensity of the affected person.