An Investigation of Workplace Design and the Worker’s Anthropometrics Influence on Work Pace during Manual Material Handling Tasks Academic Article uri icon


  • In the design process of a new Manual Material Handling (MMH) workplace it is important to understand how the workplace design characteristics (eg, workstation geometry, handled object mass) and the worker's anthropometrics influence the work pace (Dempsey & Mathiassen, 2006; Wells, Mathiassen, Medbo, & Winkel, 2007). One way of predicting the work pace is by using Predetermined Motion Time Systems (PMTS; Barnes, 1980). However, PMTS lack experimental validation, especially when heavy masses are handled in different planes of motion (Mital, Asfour & Aghazadeh, 1987; Genaidy, Mital, & Obeidat, 1989). Further, the PMTS assume independency between the different motions, yet this assumption was questioned in past studies for tasks that involve light handled masses (Hall Jr, 1956; Genaidy, Mital, & Obeidat, 1989). Therefore, in this study we investigate the …

publication date

  • September 1, 2016