Hongwei Hsiao

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The recent rapid adoption of insole pressure measurement systems for clinical and ergonomic evaluations of human gait has necessitated a comprehensive understanding of the accuracy and precision of such systems. Five bench experiments were performed to examine the Pedar and F-Scan in-shoe pressure measurement systems. The insoles examined were the Pedar(More)
This is the first of two articles to report a biomechanical evaluation and psychophysical assessment of nine battery-powered lifts, a sliding board, a walking belt, and a baseline manual method for transferring nursing home residents from a bed to a chair. The objectives of the biomechanical evaluation were: (1) to investigate the effects of transfer method(More)
The increasing demands for anthropometric information for the design of machinery and personal protective equipment to prevent occupational injuries has necessitated an understanding of the anthropometric differences to be found among occupations. This study identified differences in various body measurements between occupational groups in the USA, as(More)
Understanding roof-work-related risk of falls and developing low-cost, practical engineering controls for reducing this risk remain in high demand in the construction industry. This study investigated the effects of the roof work environment characteristics of surface slope, height, and visual reference on standing balance in construction workers. The 24(More)
OBJECTIVE This study presents data from a large-scale anthropometric study of U.S. truck drivers and the multivariate anthropometric models developed for the design of next-generation truck cabs. BACKGROUND Up-to-date anthropometric information of the U.S. truck driver population is needed for the design of safe and ergonomically efficient truck cabs. (More)
The study compared human perceptions of height, danger, and anxiety, as well as skin conductance and heart rate responses and postural instability effects, in real and virtual height environments. The 24 participants (12 men, 12 women), whose average age was 23.6 years, performed "lean-over-the-railing" and standing tasks on real and comparable virtual(More)
Full-body fall-protection harnesses have been a critical work-practice control technology for reducing the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities among construction workers; yet, very little is known about the fit of these harnesses to the population that wears them. This study evaluated the fit and sizing efficacy of a harness system. Seventy-two(More)
Falls from elevation continue to be the most serious hazard for the workers in construction. Simple and cost effective technical approaches to improve workers' balance on sloped roofs and deformable/unstable platforms have potential to reduce the risk of falls. This study evaluated the effectiveness of simple vertical structures as visual references (cue)(More)