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Design and development of an ergonomic trolley-lifter for sheet metal handling task: a preliminary study

Radin Umar, Radin Zaid and Ahmad, Nadiah and Halim, Isa and Lee, Poh Yan and Abdul Hamid, Abd. Malek (2019) Design and development of an ergonomic trolley-lifter for sheet metal handling task: a preliminary study. Safety and Health at Work, 10 (3). pp. 327-335. ISSN 2093-7911 E-ISSN 2093-7997

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Background: There have been some concerns related to manual handling of large items in industry. Manual handling operations of large sheet metal may expose workers to risks related to efficiency as well as occupational safety and health. Large sheet metals are difficult to move and burdensome to lift/ transfer, and handling the sharp sheet edges may result in contact stress and/or cut injuries on the workers. Methods: Through observation, interview, and immersive simulation activities, a few problems related to current handling of sheet metals were identified. A sheet metal trolley-lifter was then designed and fabricated to address these issues. A pilot study on the use of the developed trolley-lifter for handling sheet metals was conducted to compare between the new and traditional handling methods. Results: The pilot study of the trolley-lifter showed promising results in terms of improving the cycle time, manpower utilization, and working postures compared with the traditional handling method. Conclusion: The trolley-lifter offers an alternative solution to automation and a mechanized assistive device by providing a simple mechanism to assist the handling of sheet metals effectively and safely

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4145/79805
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design; Ergonomics; Intervention; Material handling Sheet metal
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS200 Metal manufactures. Metalworking
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Abd Malek Abdul Hamid
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 09:33
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 09:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/79805

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