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Validation of an Embedded Motion-Capture and EMG Setup for the Analysis of Musculoskeletal Disorder Risks during Manhole Cover Handling

University Polytechnic Hauts-de-France, CNRS, UMR 8201 LAMIH, F-59313 Valenciennes, France
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Sensors 2022, 22(2), 436; https://doi.org/10.3390/s22020436
Received: 10 December 2021 / Revised: 2 January 2022 / Accepted: 4 January 2022 / Published: 7 January 2022
Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace are a growing problem in Europe. The measurement of these disorders in a working environment presents multiple limitations concerning equipment and measurement reliability. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of inertial measurement units against a reference system for their use in the workplace. Ten healthy volunteers conducted three lifting methods (snatching, pushing, and pulling) for manhole cover using a custom-made tool weighting 20 and 30 kg. Participants’ back and dominant arm were equipped with IMU, EMG, and reflective markers for VICON analysis and perception of effort was estimated at each trial using a Visual Analog Scale (VAS). The Bland–Altman method was used and results showed good agreement between IMU and VICON systems for Yaw, Pitch and Roll angles (bias values < 1, −4.4 < LOA < 3.6°). EMG results were compared to VAS results and results showed that both are a valuable means to assess efforts during tasks. This study therefore validates the use of inertial measurement units (IMU) for motion capture and its combination with electromyography (EMG) and a Visual Analogic Scale (VAS) to assess effort for use in real work situations. View Full-Text
Keywords: inertial measurement units; EMG; musculoskeletal disorder risk; ergonomics inertial measurement units; EMG; musculoskeletal disorder risk; ergonomics
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Hubaut, R.; Guichard, R.; Greenfield, J.; Blandeau, M. Validation of an Embedded Motion-Capture and EMG Setup for the Analysis of Musculoskeletal Disorder Risks during Manhole Cover Handling. Sensors 2022, 22, 436. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22020436

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Hubaut R, Guichard R, Greenfield J, Blandeau M. Validation of an Embedded Motion-Capture and EMG Setup for the Analysis of Musculoskeletal Disorder Risks during Manhole Cover Handling. Sensors. 2022; 22(2):436. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22020436

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Hubaut, Rémy, Romain Guichard, Julia Greenfield, and Mathias Blandeau. 2022. "Validation of an Embedded Motion-Capture and EMG Setup for the Analysis of Musculoskeletal Disorder Risks during Manhole Cover Handling" Sensors 22, no. 2: 436. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22020436

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