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Ergonomic factors and production target evaluation in eucalyptus timber harvesting operations in mountainous terrains.
Work. 2012; 41 Suppl 1:4957-62.WORK

Abstract

There are several forest operations involved in Eucalyptus timber harvesting. This study was carried out during brush-cutting; tree felling, bucking, delimbing, piling and manual extraction operations, with the following objectives: a) analyzing, ergonomically, two systems of brush-cutting: one manual and the other semi-mechanized, using two different machines; b) ergonomically evaluating three different brands of pruner machines used in delimbing felled trees. c) determining the feasible target of productivity as a function of ergonomic factors relevant to establish the time of resting pauses for workers in manual and semi-mechanized timber harvesting systems in mountainous terrain. Brush-cutting, either manual or semimechanized, is an activity carried out prior to timber harvesting. It is usually a hard work, with low productivity when compared with mechanized systems. Pruner machines have been used by forest companies, due to the great possibilities to improve productivity, quality and the health of workers. Ergonomics is a discipline that promotes the adequacy of work to the physical and mental characteristics of human beings, seeking to design production systems and products considering relevant aspects, including social, organizational and environmental factors. Companies should consider the ergonomic factor in the determination of daily worker production targets.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ergonomic Laboratory - Forest Engineering Department, Federal University of Viçosa, 36570-000 - Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22317486

Citation

de Souza, Amaury Paulo, et al. "Ergonomic Factors and Production Target Evaluation in Eucalyptus Timber Harvesting Operations in Mountainous Terrains." Work (Reading, Mass.), vol. 41 Suppl 1, 2012, pp. 4957-62.
de Souza AP, Minette LJ, Sanches AL, et al. Ergonomic factors and production target evaluation in eucalyptus timber harvesting operations in mountainous terrains. Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1:4957-62.
de Souza, A. P., Minette, L. J., Sanches, A. L., da Silva, E. P., Rodrigues, V. A., & de Oliveira, L. A. (2012). Ergonomic factors and production target evaluation in eucalyptus timber harvesting operations in mountainous terrains. Work (Reading, Mass.), 41 Suppl 1, 4957-62. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-2012-0038-4957
de Souza AP, et al. Ergonomic Factors and Production Target Evaluation in Eucalyptus Timber Harvesting Operations in Mountainous Terrains. Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1:4957-62. PubMed PMID: 22317486.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Ergonomic factors and production target evaluation in eucalyptus timber harvesting operations in mountainous terrains. AU - de Souza,Amaury Paulo, AU - Minette,Luciano José, AU - Sanches,André Luis Petean, AU - da Silva,Emília Pio, AU - Rodrigues,Valéria Antônia Justino, AU - de Oliveira,Luciana Aparecida, PY - 2012/2/10/entrez PY - 2012/2/10/pubmed PY - 2014/4/10/medline SP - 4957 EP - 62 JF - Work (Reading, Mass.) JO - Work VL - 41 Suppl 1 N2 - There are several forest operations involved in Eucalyptus timber harvesting. This study was carried out during brush-cutting; tree felling, bucking, delimbing, piling and manual extraction operations, with the following objectives: a) analyzing, ergonomically, two systems of brush-cutting: one manual and the other semi-mechanized, using two different machines; b) ergonomically evaluating three different brands of pruner machines used in delimbing felled trees. c) determining the feasible target of productivity as a function of ergonomic factors relevant to establish the time of resting pauses for workers in manual and semi-mechanized timber harvesting systems in mountainous terrain. Brush-cutting, either manual or semimechanized, is an activity carried out prior to timber harvesting. It is usually a hard work, with low productivity when compared with mechanized systems. Pruner machines have been used by forest companies, due to the great possibilities to improve productivity, quality and the health of workers. Ergonomics is a discipline that promotes the adequacy of work to the physical and mental characteristics of human beings, seeking to design production systems and products considering relevant aspects, including social, organizational and environmental factors. Companies should consider the ergonomic factor in the determination of daily worker production targets. SN - 1875-9270 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22317486/Ergonomic_factors_and_production_target_evaluation_in_eucalyptus_timber_harvesting_operations_in_mountainous_terrains_ L2 - https://content.iospress.com/openurl?genre=article&id=doi:10.3233/WOR-2012-0038-4957 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -