Lifting is one of the most potentially harmful activities for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), due to exposure to biomechanical risk. Risk assessment for work activities that involve lifting loads can be performed through the NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) method, and specifically the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE). Aim of this work is to explore the feasibility of a logistic regression model fed with time and frequency domains features extracted from signals acquired through one inertial measurement unit (IMU) to classify risk classes associated with lifting activities according to the RNLE. Furthermore, an attempt was made to evaluate which are the most discriminating features relating to the risk classes, and to understand which inertial signals and which axis were the most representative. In a simplified scenario, where only two RNLE variables were altered during lifting tasks performed by 14 healthy adults, inertial signals (linear acceleration and angular velocity) acquired using one IMU placed on the subject's sternum during repeated rhythmic lifting tasks were automatically segmented to extract several features in the time and frequency domains. The logistic regression model fed with significant features showed good results to discriminate "risk" and "no risk" NIOSH classes with an accuracy, sensitivity and specificity equal to 82.8%, 84.8% and 80.9%, respectively. This preliminary work indicated that a logistic regression model-fed with specific inertial features extracted by signals acquired using a single IMU sensor placed on the sternum-is able to discriminate risk classes according to the RNLE in a simplified context, and therefore could be a valid tool to assess the biomechanical risk in an automatic way also in more complex conditions (e.g., real working scenarios).

A Logistic Regression Model for Biomechanical Risk Classification in Lifting Tasks / Donisi, Leandro; Cesarelli, Giuseppe; Capodaglio, Edda; Panigazzi, Monica; D'Addio, Giovanni; Cesarelli, Mario; Amato, Francesco. - In: DIAGNOSTICS. - ISSN 2075-4418. - 12:(2022), pp. 1-15. [10.3390/diagnostics12112624]

A Logistic Regression Model for Biomechanical Risk Classification in Lifting Tasks

Donisi, Leandro;Cesarelli, Giuseppe;Cesarelli, Mario;Amato, Francesco
2022

Abstract

Lifting is one of the most potentially harmful activities for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), due to exposure to biomechanical risk. Risk assessment for work activities that involve lifting loads can be performed through the NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) method, and specifically the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE). Aim of this work is to explore the feasibility of a logistic regression model fed with time and frequency domains features extracted from signals acquired through one inertial measurement unit (IMU) to classify risk classes associated with lifting activities according to the RNLE. Furthermore, an attempt was made to evaluate which are the most discriminating features relating to the risk classes, and to understand which inertial signals and which axis were the most representative. In a simplified scenario, where only two RNLE variables were altered during lifting tasks performed by 14 healthy adults, inertial signals (linear acceleration and angular velocity) acquired using one IMU placed on the subject's sternum during repeated rhythmic lifting tasks were automatically segmented to extract several features in the time and frequency domains. The logistic regression model fed with significant features showed good results to discriminate "risk" and "no risk" NIOSH classes with an accuracy, sensitivity and specificity equal to 82.8%, 84.8% and 80.9%, respectively. This preliminary work indicated that a logistic regression model-fed with specific inertial features extracted by signals acquired using a single IMU sensor placed on the sternum-is able to discriminate risk classes according to the RNLE in a simplified context, and therefore could be a valid tool to assess the biomechanical risk in an automatic way also in more complex conditions (e.g., real working scenarios).
2022
A Logistic Regression Model for Biomechanical Risk Classification in Lifting Tasks / Donisi, Leandro; Cesarelli, Giuseppe; Capodaglio, Edda; Panigazzi, Monica; D'Addio, Giovanni; Cesarelli, Mario; Amato, Francesco. - In: DIAGNOSTICS. - ISSN 2075-4418. - 12:(2022), pp. 1-15. [10.3390/diagnostics12112624]
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