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Intervention of Ergonomics in Hand Driven Cotton Spinning Operation
Dhananjay Ikhar , V. S. Deshpande
Pages - 12 - 19     |    Revised - 01-07-2011     |    Published - 05-08-2011
Volume - 1   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - July / August 2011  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Ergonomics Evaluation, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Workstation Design, RULA
ABSTRACT
Cotton spinning is an important operation in small scale and cottage textile industries in India. A large number of women workers in these industries perform cotton spinning task adopting squatting posture in traditional workshops.. Forty operators were questioned regarding work related musculoskeletal disorders WMSDs. Among the operators, severe cervical and lumber joint problems along with knee, joint pains and shoulders were more prevalent compared to other body regions. Based on the problems found, a new workstation was developed and ten operators were asked to work in the same workstation. Certain aspects regarding the ergonomic evaluation for those workers are discussed in this study. They were observed and evaluated with the RULA technique and there opinion on the improvement was asked based on the task, most frequent, they performed. It is revealed that the suggested workstation improves working posture and results in reduced postural stress on operators’ bodies and, consequently, reduce prevalence of MSDs symptoms.
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Dr. Dhananjay Ikhar
- India
dhananjayikhar@yahoo.com
Dr. V. S. Deshpande
- India