American Society of Civil Engineers


Real-Time Posture Analysis of Construction Workers for Ergonomics Training


by Soumitry J. Ray, (Ph.D. Candidate, Computational Science and Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Dr. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332-0355, United States of America E-mail: soumitry@gatech.edu) and Jochen Teizer, Ph.D., (Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Dr. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332-0355, United States of America E-mail: teizer@gatech.edu)
Section: Data Sensing and Analysis, pp. 1001-1010, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784412329.101)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Construction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World
Abstract: Work related fatigue and injuries are critical issues in the construction industry. Repetitive and physically demanding nature of the activities and awkward work postures are the primary reasons for work related fatigues and injuries. In view of this, worker training on ergonomics is necessary before the start of any construction activity. Traditional methods of worker monitoring are tedious and in efficient. Recent approaches to understand worker ergonomics use specialized devices to physically monitor the health of workers. In addition to this, attempts have been made to use computer vision techniques to understand workers ergonomics; however they mostly focus on estimating the posture of workers. In this research, we present a framework for integrating posture analysis of workers and a predefined set of rules to categorize work tasks as ergonomic or non-ergonomic.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Construction management
Training
Personnel management
Safety