Will an ergonomist recommend slowing down production?

Every ergonomist considers the effect of production rate on injury risk. In school, we learn that injury risk is related to repetitive or sustained exposure to forceful, awkward postures. Presented with forceful, awkward tasks that seem impossible to change, the logical suggestion is to limit exposure by slowing things down. Reducing the work rate gives […]
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Bigger workers burn more energy – so what?

If you’ve ever tracked your food (calorie) intake with someone else, especially someone much larger or smaller than you, you may have been surprised to learn that the larger of the two of you could eat more and still lose weight. Why is that? Larger people are carrying their own body weight, everywhere they go. […]
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