Home The Bottom Line: Industrial Exoskeletons: What’s the Impact on the Worker? Ergonomics Done Right®

Written by: humantech on March 13th, 2018

Humantech certified ergonomist Blake McGowan shares the results of a study that quantified the impact of wearing an upper-extremity exoskeleton on low back forces in this month’s video.

In summary, wearing an upper-extremity exoskeleton:

  1. increases muscle forces of  the low back by approximately 50%.
  2. increases joint compression and shear forces by approximately 33% and 20%, respectively.
  3. were found to be uncomfortable and people preferred not to use them.


Reference: Weston EB, Alizadeh M, Knapik GG, Wang X, and Marras WS. (2018). Biomechanical evaluation of exoskeleton use on loading of the lumbar spine. Appl Ergon. 2018 Apr;68:101-108.

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