The Friday Five is a set of five links that I have come across this week that pertain to ergonomics, occupational health, safety, human performance, or human factors. For whatever reason, I found them interesting, but they are provided with minimal or no commentary and are not meant to be endorsement for a given product or research paper.
These links were generated during a PubMed search on the terms: applied ergonomics
Lee et al. investigated the position of two different wearable sensor systems on the posture of construction workers while performing assigned tasks in a laboratory. As those who have worked with motion capture devices know, placement of these sensors is everything in terms of collected data.
He et al. look at using Google Glass to monitor eye blinking in drivers to determine signs of drowsiness. Distracted driving is something that we’ve hit upon in other posts. Technology such as this may be able to go along way in helping drivers to recognize when they are too fatigued to drive safely.
Schmidt et al. investigated a different way of dealing with fatigue during long drives through the use of a cooling device to help improve alertness.
Armstrong et al. reviewed the impact of two paramedic services transitioning to a powered stretcher to help reduce injuries related to patient transport. This appears to be a cost-effective solution with a reduction in injuries during patient transport.
Hlavenka et al. investigated the effect of neck posture during lifting tasks on both lumbar spine posture and activation of trunk musculature. They indicate that a retracted neck posture may help to lower the risk of pain and injury during lifting tasks.