IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Appropriation and Validation of a Quantitative Method for Assessing Material Handlers’ Foot Movements


Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are still a real issue during material handling activities in the workplace. Injuries arise during excessive straining to raise, hold or move objects.

Researchers seek to quantify material handlers’ movements under different working constraints, for example limited space for their feet, which can increase awkward postures and be injurious to workers’ musculoskeletal health.
The purpose of this activity is to validate a measurement method (Wagner’s method) to quantify and classify foot movements. Researchers will then be able to rely on a valid method to characterize such movements without needing to analyze them by observing videos.

These assessments and measurements will make companies and material handlers more aware of the problems caused by restricted room for handlers’ feet in their work, and eventually allow for the initiation of effective ergonomic interventions.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2017-0050
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2021