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Women in forestry (2nd project)

Project Leader
Tartarotti Christiane, Project Leader
Duration:
01.01.2001-28.02.2002
Type of Research
Applied Research
Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Engineering
Funded by
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management , Stubenring 1, A-1012 Wien, Austria
Abstract
An analysis of the stress and strain situation shows that the bad and mostly bent body posture was identified as the worst stress factor female forest workers are exposed to. The parallel running questioning of the women gives the same results. From literature we know that bent body positions trigger health wise long-term consequences which are concentrated on disorders in the field of spine. In this study suggestions are given to improve the situation for female forest workers. First of all an ideal working posture should be developed.The corrected working posture should have positive consequences on the back musculature and the spine. Biofeedback measurements were used to find the optimal working postures. This method supplies the patient instantaneously with information about the individual's own physiological processes.Data concerning a person's cardiovascular activity (blood pressure and heart rate), temperature, brain waves, or muscle tension is monitored electronically and returned, or "fed back," to that person by a light or a sound. An individual can be taught to use the biological data to learn how to voluntarily control the body's reactions to stress or "outside-the-skin" events (britannica.com). In addition to biofeedback video is used. The videos are analysed with the probands. It is possible to watch their own behaviour and modify it.Brochures should summarise the obtained knowledge and be used as supporting documents for training.
Keywords
ergonomy; forest technology; interdisciplinary agriculture and forestry;
strain; stress; forestry; women;
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