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Title: Ergonomic risk assessment – a case study of a garment manufacturing industry
Authors: Hussain, Amjad
Javed, Iqra
Case, Keith
Ahmad, Ashfaq
Safdar, Nadeem
Keywords: Ergonomic risk assessment
Manufacturing case study
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © IOS Press
Citation: HUSSAIN, A. ... et al, 2016. Ergonomic risk assessment – a case study of a garment manufacturing industry. IN: Goh, Y.M. and Case, K. (eds). Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXX. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Incorporating the 31st National Conference on Manufacturing Research, 6th-8th September 2016, Loughborough University, pp. 237-242.
Series/Report no.: Advances in Transdisciplinary;3
Abstract: Pakistan is the eighth largest exporter of textiles, and this sector contributes 8.7% to the country's GDP. The garment industry contribution to the total textile-based exports from the country is 47%. Skilled labour is available at relatively cheap rates. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are prevalent in this sector and this research is aimed at finding the levels of risk attached to working activities and to gain knowledge of the major causes of musculoskeletal disorders. The Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) method was used for this purpose. It was found that postures related to the wrist (0–15° or >15° flexion or extension with twist or deviation), lower arm (<60° or >100° flexion) and neck (extension and flexion with twist or side flexed) are the major causes of musculoskeletal disorders. These findings will help in the design of workplaces and working strategies to minimize risk and so increase satisfaction, productivity and overall well-being at the workplace.
Description: This paper was published in: Advances in Manufacturing Technology, XXX. HUSSAIN, A. ... et al. Ergonomic risk assessment – a case study of a garment manufacturing industry, pp. 237-242. Copyright 2016 available here with permission from IOS Press. The publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-237
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-237
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22562
Publisher Link: http://www.iospress.nl/
ISBN: 9781614996675
ISSN: 2352-751X
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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