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Scientifica
Volume 2016, Article ID 1329612, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1329612
Research Article

Static Anthropometric Characteristics of Bangladeshi Vehicle Driver: A Case Study

1Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Jessore 7408, Bangladesh
2Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Dinajpur 5200, Bangladesh

Received 1 June 2016; Accepted 10 July 2016

Academic Editor: Leila Beltrami Moreira

Copyright © 2016 P. K. Halder and E. Sarker. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Inappropriate design of sitting furniture and working equipment causes the serious musculoskeletal injuries and various pains as well as reducing working efficiency. Uncomfortable sitting posture in prolonged driving in Bangladesh is an issue to be solved immediately. Therefore, anthropometric databank of user population is significantly essential for the suitable dimensional design for avoiding these remarkable problems. Methods. This study analyses the anthropometric data of the Bangladeshi male vehicle driver aged between 30 and 60 years. A total of 210 Bangladeshi healthy drivers are considered for 15 anthropometric measurements and compared with the similar anthropometrics of other nationalities. Results. The mean stature and sitting height erect of Bangladeshi driver are 1645 mm and 843 mm, respectively. The mean of body mass index (BMI) of the drivers is 26.09 kg/m2, which indicates that the drivers are overweight. The mean stature of Bangladeshi driver is 17 mm shorter than the driver of Korea and 115 mm shorter than the driver of Iran. Conclusion. There are substantial differences between the body dimensions of Bangladeshi driver and similar dimensions of other countries. In comparison, Bangladeshi driver is found to be the shortest compared with the sample of other nationalities.