Evaluation of the effect of a paver's trolley on productivity, task demands, workload and local discomfort

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The objective of this study was to determine the differences in the number of paving stones laid (productivity), task demands, energetic workload, body region discomfort and preference when laying paving stones with or without use of a paver's trolley (n = 8) in a within-subject controlled study of pavers. The number of paving stones laid and the task demands were measured by means of systematic observations at the workplace. The energetic workload was determined using the percentage of heart rate reserve (%HRR). Body region discomfort was measured using visual analog scales, and the workers' preference was ascertained via interview. The use of a paver's trolley had no effect on productivity, %HRR or body region discomfort compared to working without a paver's trolley. The duration of knee-straining activities did not differ between working with (141 min) and without (146 min) the paver's trolley. However, six of the eight pavers indicated that, given suitable circumstances, they wanted to use the paver's trolley. Relevance to industry: To reduce the chance of work-related low back and knee complaints among pavers, the duration, frequency and intensity of lower back and knee-straining activities should be limited by means of technical measures such as mechanical paving. The paver's trolley does not appear to reduce knee-straining activities and therefore does not appear useful in reducing the risk of knee complaints and disorders. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-63
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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