Physical Load and Preventive Measures in Metal Manufacturing Industry

  • Henrijs KalkisEmail author
  • Kristine Andza
  • Zenija Roja
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1215)


In today’s advanced work environment, workers are still exposed to ergonomic risks in the work environment and employees are exposed physically hard work that includes moving loads and frequent repetitive movements at fast pace. For the ergonomic risk analysis and workload assessment, three work operations with the high physical activity were selected: the welder’s workplace, the ironing board sorting line and the ironing board’s packing station. Subjective and objective ergonomics research methods were used. Research results show that employees in selected work operations are exposed to a fast work speed and often, monotonous movements at the sorting line and lifting heavy loads at the ironing board packaging workplace. Improvements in work processes and reduction of ergonomic risks are achieved through organizational and technical solutions that do not require significant material investment.


Physical load Ergonomics Preventive measures Manufacturing Heart rate Blood pressure 



This research has been supported by the project “Ergonomic stress indicators in contemporary technological work environment and possibilities of its improvement in social-technical system “Human-Machine-Environment”, Agreement No. Nr.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics and ManagementUniversity of LatviaRigaLatvia
  2. 2.Ergonomic Research CenterUniversity of LatviaRigaLatvia

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