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Krzysztof Leszczyński, Piotr Pyzia
Analysis of musculoskeletal disorders during chainsaw work using REBA and RULA methods
Summary.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) comprise many different kinds of health problems, which include: pains of spine and back, as well as upper and lower limbs injuries. The aim of the study was to analyse MSD for chainsaw operator. The scope was limited to the evaluation of the two main technological operations (felling and pruning) by using REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment) and RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) methods. The results obtained by REBA method indicate an unacceptable level of load for chainsaw operator. The postural analysis of the upper limbs (RULA) showed their high overloading and lack of positions indicating acceptable risk level. On the basis of the tests, it can be concluded that the application of RULA and REBA methods for postural load analysis for chainsaw operator does not show a significant statistical difference in the risk level category. Comparing the obtained results, it should be emphasised, that RULA and REBA methods give stricter criteria than analysis conducted by OWAS method.

Key words: tree felling, chainsaws, working posture, musculoskeletal disorders
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MLA Leszczyński, Krzysztof, and Piotr Pyzia. "Ocena obciążenia układu mięśniowo-szkieletowego podczas pracy pilarką łańcuchową z zastosowaniem metod REBA oraz RULA." Nauka Przyr. Technol. 6.3 (2012): #49.
APA Krzysztof Leszczyński, Piotr Pyzia (2012). Ocena obciążenia układu mięśniowo-szkieletowego podczas pracy pilarką łańcuchową z zastosowaniem metod REBA oraz RULA. Nauka Przyr. Technol. 6 (3), #49
ISO 690 LESZCZYńSKI, Krzysztof, PYZIA, Piotr. Ocena obciążenia układu mięśniowo-szkieletowego podczas pracy pilarką łańcuchową z zastosowaniem metod REBA oraz RULA. Nauka Przyr. Technol., 2012, 6.3: #49.
Corresponding address:
Krzysztof Leszczyński
Katedra Użytkowania Lasu i Drewna
Uniwersytet Rolniczy im. Hugona Kołłątaja w Krakowie
al. 29 Listopada 46
31-425 Kraków
Poland
e-mail: rlleszcz@cyf-kr.edu.pl
Accepted for print: 23.02.2012