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Occupational Biomechanics
Fourth edition
by Don B. Chaffin

Occupational Biomechanics provides the foundations and tools to assemble and evaluate biomechanical processes as they apply to today's changing industries, with emphasis on improving overall work efficiency and preventing work-related injuries.

New to this edition:

  • 150 new references and many new illustrations
  • Major changes within each chapter that reflect recent and significant findings
  • Recent research in musculoskeletal disorders
  • New measurement techniques for biomechanical parameters and numerous international initiatives on the subject

Presented in an easy-to-understand manner and supported by over 200 illustrations and numerous examples, Occupational Biomechanics, Fourth Edition remains the premier one-stop reference in the areas of industrial engineering, product and process design, medicine, and occupational health and safety.


Occupational Biomechanics as a Specialty

  • Definition of Occupational Biomechanics.
  • Historical Development of Occupational Biomechanics
  • The Need for an Occupational Biomechanics Specialty
  • Who Uses Occupational Biomechanics?
  • Organization of The Book

The Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System

  • Connective Tissue
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Joints

Anthropometry in Occupational Biomechanics

  • Measurement of Physical Properties of Body Segments
  • Anthropometric Data for Biomechanical Studies in Industry
  • Summary Of Anthropometry in Occupational Biomechanics

Mechanical Work Capacity Evaluation

  • Joint Motion: Methods and Data
  • Muscle Strength Evaluation
  • Summary and Limitations of Mechanical Work-Capacity Data

Bioinstrumentation for Occupational Biomechanics

  • Human Motion Analysis Systems
  • Muscle Activity Measurement
  • Muscle Strength Measurement Systems
  • Intradiscal Pressure Measurement
  • Intra-abdominal (Intragastric) Measurements
  • Seat Pressure Measurement Systems
  • Stature Measurement System
  • Force Platform System
  • Foot and Hand Force Measurement Systems
  • Measurement of Vibration in Humans

Occupational Biomechanical Models

  • Why Model?
  • Planar Static Biomechanical Models
  • Three-dimensional Modeling of Static Strength
  • Dynamic Biomechanical Models
  • Special-purpose Biomechanical Models of Occupational Tasks
  • Future Developments in Occupational Biomechanical Models

Methods Of Classifying And Evaluating Manual Work

  • Traditional Methods
  • Traditional Work Analysis System
  • Contemporary Biomechanical Job Analysis
  • Future Impact of Occupational Biomechanics on Work Analysis Systems

Manual Material-handling Limits

  • Lifting Limits In Manual Material Handling
  • Pushing and Pulling Capabilities
  • Asymmetric Load Handling
  • Recommendations for Improving Manual Materials Handling Tasks
  • Summary of Manual Material-Handling Recommendations and Evaluation Methods

Guidelines For Work In Sitting Postures

  • General Considerations Related to Sitting Postures
  • Anthropometric Aspects of Seated Workers
  • Comfort
  • The Spine and Sitting
  • The Shoulder and Sitting
  • The Legs and Sitting
  • The Sitting Workplace

Biomechanical Considerations in Machine Control and Workplace Design

  • Localized Musculoskeletal Injury in Industry
  • Practical Guidelines for Workplace and Machine Control Layout

Hand-Tool Design Guidelines

  • The Need for Biomechanical Concepts In Design
  • Shape and Size Considerations
  • Hand-Tool Weight and Use Considerations
  • Force Reaction Considerations in Powered Hand-tool Design
  • Keyboard Design Considerations

Guidelines for Whole-Body and Segmental Vibration

  • Definitions and Measurement
  • General Effects of Vibration on Human Beings
  • Whole-Body Vibration
  • Hand/Arm Vibration
  • Sensorimotor Effects
  • Vibration Exposure Criteria
  • Control and Prevention

Worker Selection, Training and Personal Protective Device Consideration

  • Worker Selection
  • Preplacement Training
  • Biomechanical Aspects of Back Belts
  • Job Rotation and Psychosocial Stress


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