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TitleObesity influence on perceived physical overload during vertical handling loads - A preliminary study
Author(s)Colim, Ana S.
Arezes, P.
Flores, P.
Silva, S.
KeywordsObesity level
Psychophysical data
Borg’ CR-10 scale
Issue date2016
PublisherPortuguese Society of Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SPOSHO)
CitationColim, A., Arezes, P., Flores, P., & Silva, S. (2016). Obesity influence on perceived physical overload during vertical handling loads - A preliminary study. Sho2016: International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene, 46-48.
Abstract(s)Obesity prevalence is increasing among the Portuguese workforce, similarly to other industrial countries. Obesity seems to negatively affect the individuals’ work capacity. Tasks with vertical handling loads, including lifting and lowering, are very common in occupational contexts. With the aim of studying the possible effect of obesity on workers’ physical overload during vertical handling loads, psychophysical data were collected from a total of 14 participants with different obesity levels (non-obese, high level of obesity and very high level). The participants were asked to go through 6 lifting trials with different occupational conditions and, for each task tested, they reported physical loading by using the Borg’ “Category Ratio-10” (CR-10) scale. The obtained results in this preliminary study are not conclusive about the obesity influence on perceived physical overload during vertical handling loads. Accordingly, this study should be continued, by considering a statistically valid sample and other psychophysical techniques that can complement the CR10 scale results.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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