Validation of an Ergonomic Assessment Method using Kinect Data in Real Workplace Conditions

Validation of an Ergonomic Assessment Method using Kinect Data in Real Workplace Conditions

Abstract

Evaluating potential musculoskeletal disorders risks in real workstations is challenging as the environment is cluttered, which makes it difficult to accurately assess workers' postures. Being marker-free and calibration-free, Microsoft Kinect is a promising device although it may be sensitive to occlusions. We propose and evaluate a RULA ergonomic assessment in real work conditions using recently published occlusion-resistant Kinect skeleton data correction. First, we compared postures estimated with this method to ground-truth data, in standardized laboratory conditions. Second, we compared RULA scores to those provided by two professional experts, in a non-laboratory cluttered workplace condition. The results show that the corrected Kinect data can provide more accurate RULA grand scores, even under sub-optimal conditions induced by the workplace environment. This study opens new perspectives in musculoskeletal risk assessment as it provides the ergonomists with 30 Hz continuous information that could be analyzed offline and in a real-time framework.

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Pierre Plantard, Hubert P. H. Shum, Anne-Sophie Le Pierres and Franck Multon,
"Validation of an Ergonomic Assessment Method using Kinect Data in Real Workplace Conditions",
Applied Ergonomics (AE)

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@article{plantard16validation,
 author={Plantard, Pierre and Shum, Hubert P. H. and Pierres, Anne-Sophie Le and Multon, Franck},
 journal={Applied Ergonomics},
 title={Validation of an Ergonomic Assessment Method using Kinect Data in Real Workplace Conditions},
 year={2017},
 volume={65},
 number={Supplement C},
 pages={562--569},
 numpages={8},
 doi={10.1016/j.apergo.2016.10.015},
 issn={0003-6870},
 publisher={Elsevier},
}

EndNote/RefMan

TY  - JOUR
AU  - Plantard, Pierre
AU  - Shum, Hubert P. H.
AU  - Pierres, Anne-Sophie Le
AU  - Multon, Franck
T2  - Applied Ergonomics
TI  - Validation of an Ergonomic Assessment Method using Kinect Data in Real Workplace Conditions
PY  - 2017
VL  - 65
IS  - Supplement C
SP  - 562
EP  - 569
DO  - 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.10.015
SN  - 0003-6870
PB  - Elsevier
ER  - 

Plain Text

Pierre Plantard, Hubert P. H. Shum, Anne-Sophie Le Pierres and Franck Multon, "Validation of an Ergonomic Assessment Method using Kinect Data in Real Workplace Conditions," Applied Ergonomics, vol. 65, no. Supplement C, pp. 562-569, Elsevier, 2017.

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