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Biomechanics in Ergonomics

2nd Edition

Edited by Shrawan Kumar

CRC Press

742 pages | 256 B/W Illus.

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Safety or comfort? Can you truly have one without the other? Is it feasible to have both? Although by no means the only factor, a deep understanding of biomechanics plays a leading role in the design of work and workplaces that are both pain and injury free. Standing firmly on the foundation built by the previous edition, the second edition of Biomechanics in Ergonomics establishes an understanding of gross biomechanical loads on the human system at the tissue level and then brings that understanding through to the whole body level.

Applications for the Real World

Produced under the aegis of editor Shrawan Kumar with contributors who are leading scholars in the field, the book contains unique chapters such as Exposure Assessment Tools and Techniques and Cumulative Load and Models. Also included is a chapter on hand tools, which have a real application to the field of ergonomics.

New and significantly revamped chapters:

  • Theories of occupational musculoskeletal injury causation
  • Anthropometry and Biomechanics — Anthropometrics
  • Mechanical Exposure Assessment in the Design of Work
  • Determinant of Muscle Strength
  • Biomechanics of Gloves
  • The ACGIH TLV® for Hand Activity Level
  • Whiplash Injuries — In Vitro Studies
  • Whiplash Injuries — In Vivo Studies
  • Models in Manual Materials Handling
  • Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation
  • Whole Body Vibration
  • Cumulative Load and Models

Create Safety Through Better Workplace Design

The book dives deep into the biomechanics of the connective tissues before thoroughly covering upper and lower extremities, shoulder and neck, low back, and whole body mechanics. With chapters selected and designed to provide extensive coverage of ergonomically relevant biomechanics, this volume supplies an integrated understanding of the inseparable relationship between ergonomics and biomechanics that can be translated into better safety design and better workplaces.

Table of Contents


Theories of Occupational Musculoskeletal Injury Causation, S. Kumar

Anthropometry and Biomechanics: Anthromechanics, K.H.E. Kroemer

Mechanical Exposure Assessment in the Design of Work, W.P. Neumann and R. Wells

Tissue Biomechanics

Tissue Mechanics of Ligaments and Tendons, S.L-Y. Woo, T.D. Nguyen, N. Papas, and R. Liang

Ligament Sprains and Healing, R.S. Boorman, N.G. Shrive, L.L. Marchuk, and C.B. Frank

Bone Biomechanics and Fractures, S. Judex, G. Olender, W.C. Whiting, and R. Zernicke

Determinants of Muscle Strength, W. Herzog

Upper Extremity

Functional Anatomy of the Upper Limb (Extremity), A.H. Walji

Hand Grasping, Finger Pinching, and Squeezing, S.N. Imrhan

Hand tools, A. Mital, A. Subramanian, and A. Pennathur

Biomechanics of Gloves, R.R. Bishu, V. Gnaneswaran, and D. Liu

Work and Activity-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremity, R. Wells and P. Keir

ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity Level, T.J. Armstrong

Biomechanical Models of the Hand, Wrist, and Elbow in Ergonomics, R.E. Hughes and K.-N. An

Shoulder and Neck

Biomechanical Modeling of the Shoulder Anatomy, K. Gielo-Perczak and J. Rasmussen

Whiplash Injuries: In Vitro Studies, N. Yoganandan, B.D. Stemper, F.A. Pintar, and R.D. Rao

Whiplash Injuries: In Vivo Studies, R. Ferrari

Low Back

Low Back Disorders, E.R. Vieira

Models in Manual Materials Handling, J.C. Woldstad, M.M. Ayoub, and J.L. Smith

Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, T.R. Waters

Whole Body Biomechanics

Whole Body Vibration, J. Village and J.Morrison

Cumulative Load and Models, S. Kumar

Posture, S. Konz

Biomechanics in Work Seating Design, J. Eklund

Biomechanics During Ladder and Stair Climbing and Walking on Ramps and Other Irregular Surfaces, A.S. Merryweather and D.S. Bloswick

Slips, Trips, and Falls, R. Grönqvist


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety