Workplace environment of earth-moving machine operators in terms of anthropometric data development in the Slovak republic

Work. 2020;65(4):799-808. doi: 10.3233/WOR-203132.


Background: Population data are gathered using the sampling unit at the appropriate time and due to various reasons (e.g. nutrition survey of the population, style of living, etc.), they can be changed due to trends for longer periods of time.

Objective: The aim of the paper is to analyse selected anthropometric parameters relevant to the design of the earth-moving machine operator workplace environment and to compare the gathered data to the standard ISO 3411.

Methods: The set of five dimensions and factors of the Slovak adult male population was analysed over the course of the years 2002-2018.

Results: A significant increase in the parameter -body weight was observed. In total, mentioned dimension of male population increased by 0.4 kg (0.5%) during the time of analysis. Following the dot plot and linear regression equation the fact that the trend in growth is becoming a global phenomenon in Slovakia can be stated.

Conclusions: In the future, it will be necessary to focus on updating the standards defining the workplace size in this industry sector as well as in others.

Keywords: Earth-moving machinery; anthropometry; environmental factors; workers; workplace.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anthropometry / methods
  • Body Weights and Measures / instrumentation
  • Body Weights and Measures / methods
  • Body Weights and Measures / statistics & numerical data
  • Construction Industry / methods
  • Construction Industry / standards*
  • Construction Industry / statistics & numerical data
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metallurgy / methods
  • Metallurgy / standards
  • Metallurgy / statistics & numerical data
  • Occupational Injuries / epidemiology
  • Occupational Injuries / etiology
  • Slovakia / epidemiology
  • Workplace / psychology
  • Workplace / standards*