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Maximum Frequency Acceptable To Female Workers For One-handed Lifts In The Horizontal Plane

Arun Garg, U. Saxena
Published 1982 · Engineering

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Abstract A laboratory study was conducted to determine the maximum frequencies acceptable to female workers for one-handed lifts in the horizontal plane. A psychophysical method was used to determine maximum acceptable frequency for an 8-hour workday. Ten female college students were required to lift continuously three different loads to two different reach distances (38 and 63 cm) on a 91 cm high work table. The lifting task was paced by a repeating timer which the subject controlled according to her subjective feelings of fatigue. Heart rate and RPE were measured during the last 5min of the experiment to determine the physiological level of functioning and perceived exertion. Psychophysically determined maximum acceptable frequencies were compared with the standards based on methods-time measurement (MTM) analysis. Statistical analysis showed that both the weight of the load and reach distance had a significant effect on maximum frequency acceptable to the subjects. No single value for percentage of max...
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