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Ergonomics evaluation of a manually operated cassava chipping machine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10693836     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A manually operated machine for chipping cassava was evaluated. Six farmers took part in the study, with physiological, postural, and subjective measurements being taken. Using the machine resulted in drudgery and postural discomfort. Following an iterative design process and using appropriate anthropometric measurements, an improved, adjustable prototype was developed. This was tested with the six farmers and six novice users. It was found to reduce discomfort and physiological strain, allowed a faster work-rate (with novice users) and was preferred by all users. The study demonstrated how ergonomics can play an important role in reducing drudgery and improving user satisfaction in technology development and transfer in developing countries.
M McNeill; A Westby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied ergonomics     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0003-6870     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Ergon     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-03-09     Completed Date:  2000-03-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0261412     Medline TA:  Appl Ergon     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  565-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University, Leics., UK.
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MeSH Terms
Agricultural Workers' Diseases / etiology*,  prevention & control*
Agriculture / instrumentation*
Attitude to Health
Consumer Satisfaction
Cumulative Trauma Disorders / etiology*,  prevention & control*
Developing Countries
Equipment Design
Focus Groups
Food Handling / instrumentation*
Middle Aged
Posture / physiology*
Technology Transfer
Time and Motion Studies*

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