Effects of handle height and load on the endurance time for simulated demolition tasks

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-624
Journal / PublicationWork
Volume70
Issue number2
Online published26 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Manual demolition tasks are heavy physical demanding tasks which involve forceful exertion of sustained pushing. They result in muscle fatigue which could lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Assessments of maximum endurance time (MET) are essential in understanding the developing of muscle fatigue for these tasks. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of handle height and load conditions on the MET, and to establish MET models for the simulated demolition tasks. METHODS: Twenty three male participants performed simulated demolition tasks under three loads and three handle heights conditions until they could not do so any longer. Their METs and ratings of perceived exertion were recorded and analyzed. RESULTS: The results showed that both load and handle height were significant (p<0.0001) factors affecting the MET. Regression models to predict the MET under handle height and load conditions were established. The mean absolute deviations of these models were between 1.91 and 4.84min. CONCLUSION: The MET models established may be used to estimate the MET which may be adopted in work/rest arrangement for demolition tasks using a handheld demolition hammer.

Research Area(s)

  • hand tool operating, muscular fatigue, Musculoskeletal disorders, pushing

Citation Format(s)

Effects of handle height and load on the endurance time for simulated demolition tasks. / Li, Kai Way; Li, Wenbao; Peng, Lu.

In: Work, Vol. 70, No. 2, 2021, p. 615-624.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review