IJIE publishes Yu article on posture choice impact
- Manual exertions with one hand are commonly performed in the workplace.
- Smaller front-foot to handle distances associated with higher strength exertions.
- Larger hip distances from the handle increased pull strengths.
- Presented models can assist practitioners to assess, improve, and design workplaces.
Manual exertions with one hand are commonly performed; however, current one-handed normative strength databases note large strength variations not explained by participant demographics, e.g., age and gender. This study models how the postures that participants choose impact their one-handed pull strength. Lower-extremity posture, defined as distance from handle, were measured for 31 participants performing two maximum one-handed frontal pull exertions at three handle heights, resulting in a strength-posture dataset of 186 maximal exertions. Regression models with anthropometric and lower extremity positions were created for each handle height. Smaller distances between the front-foot and handle were associated with higher strength. Larger back-foot distance to handle was positively associated with strength for low and waist-level handle heights. Larger hip distances from the handle increased pull strengths and interacted with feet positions. This study quantifies the relationship between one-handed pull strength with anthropometry and postures and provides practitioners posture-based equations that can be used to estimate safe pull strengths given workplace posture constraints.