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Using ergonomic risk assessment methods for designing inclusive work practices – a case study

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posted on 16.11.2015, 12:31 by Amjad Hussain, Keith Case, Russell Marshall, Steve Summerskill
In common with many industries, manufacturing faces the challenge of effective management of a diverse workforce. Humans differ greatly but traditional manufacturing work practices do not take into account human variability issues during the work design process. Variations in individual and organizational work performance due to many individual factors such as age, gender, level of skill, experience and background bring performance inconsistencies. This research investigates the effects of individual skill on work performance in general, and workplace safety and human well-being in particular. A research framework is proposed for highlighting major differences in work performing strategies, their potential impact on work performance and how these findings can be used for designing more inclusive work practices. A case study has been presented where ergonomics risk assessment methods have been used to validate the usefulness of this framework. It is also concluded that skill has a strong relationship with the level of risk attached to various task performing strategies.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Human Factors in Manufacturing & Service Industries

Citation

HUSSAIN, A. ...et al., 2016. Using ergonomic risk assessment methods for designing inclusive work practices – a case study. Human Factors in Manufacturing & Service Industries, 26 (3), pp.337-355.

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© Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: HUSSAIN, A. ...et al., 2016. Using ergonomic risk assessment methods for designing inclusive work practices – a case study. Human Factors in Manufacturing & Service Industries, 26 (3), pp.337-355., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hfm.20650. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

ISSN

1520-6564

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en

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