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Assessing the Impact of Work Activities on the Physiological Load in a Sample of Loggers in Sicily (Italy)

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Department of Health Sciences, International Centre for Rural Health of the Santi Paolo e Carlo ASST of Milan, University of Milan, 20142 Milano, Italy
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Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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Department of Biomedical, Dental and Morphological and Functional Imaging, University of Messina, 98122 Messina, Italy
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University of Milan, 20122 Milano, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 7695; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137695
Received: 18 May 2022 / Revised: 15 June 2022 / Accepted: 18 June 2022 / Published: 23 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Occupational Health and Occupational Exposure)
Occupational logging activities expose workers to a wide range of risk factors, such as lifting heavy loads, prolonged, awkward positioning of the lower back, repetitive movements, and insufficient work pauses. Body posture has an important impact on the level of physiological load. The present study involved a group of 40 loggers in the province of Enna (Sicily, Italy) with the aim of defining the impact of logging activities on the workers’ physiological strain during the three primary work tasks of felling, delimbing, and bucking. The Zephyr Bioharness measurement system was used to record trunk posture and heart rate data during work tasks. The NASA TLX questionnaire was used to explore workers’ effort perception of the work tasks. Based on our results, the most demanding work task was tree felling, which requires a higher level of cardiac cost and longer periods spent in awkward trunk postures. The perceived physiological workload was consistently underestimated, especially by the more experienced loggers. Lastly, as the weight of the chainsaw increased, the cardiac load increased. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomechanical overload; heart rate; loggers biomechanical overload; heart rate; loggers
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Masci, F.; Spatari, G.; Bortolotti, S.; Giorgianni, C.M.; Antonangeli, L.M.; Rosecrance, J.; Colosio, C. Assessing the Impact of Work Activities on the Physiological Load in a Sample of Loggers in Sicily (Italy). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 7695. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137695

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Masci F, Spatari G, Bortolotti S, Giorgianni CM, Antonangeli LM, Rosecrance J, Colosio C. Assessing the Impact of Work Activities on the Physiological Load in a Sample of Loggers in Sicily (Italy). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):7695. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137695

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Masci, Federica, Giovanna Spatari, Sara Bortolotti, Concetto M. Giorgianni, Laura M. Antonangeli, John Rosecrance, and Claudio Colosio. 2022. "Assessing the Impact of Work Activities on the Physiological Load in a Sample of Loggers in Sicily (Italy)" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 7695. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137695

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