Baggage handling safety – ergonomics, back pain etc.

Manual material handling as e.g., airport baggage handling is one of the most frequently identified occupational risk factors contributing to musculoskeletal disorders – a widespread work-related health problem. Conduct comprehensive biomechanical analyses of working postures, muscular efforts, and internal body loads with the AnyBody Modeling System, and assess the injury risks that airport workers are subjected to during their daily work routines.


  • Biomechanical simulation and analysis of working postures, muscular efforts, and internal body loads
  • Investigation of spinal loading in common work tasks for baggage handlers
  • Shoulder injury risk assessment in airport baggage handlers
  • Lumbar load estimation during airport baggage handling
  • Injury risk identification during manual material handling

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Selected papers

  • Møller KL, Brauer C, Mikkelsen S, Loft S, Simonsen EB, Koblauch H, Bern SH, Alkjær T, Hertel O, Becker T, Larsen KH, Bonde JP, Thygesen LC (2017), “Copenhagen Airport Cohort: air pollution, manual baggage handling and health“, BMJ Open, vol. 7. [DOI]
  • Møller SP, Brauer C, Mikkelsen S, Alkjær T, Koblauch H, Pedersen EB, Simonsen EB, Thygesen LC (2017), “Risk of subacromial shoulder disorder in airport baggage handlers: combining duration and intensity of musculoskeletal shoulder loads“, Ergonomics, pp. 1-29. [DOI]
  • Koblauch H (2015), “Low back load in airport baggage handlers“, Thesis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. [PDF]
  • Koblauch H, Bern SH, Brauer C, Mikkelsen S, de Zee M, Thygesen LC, Helweg-Larsen K, Alkjær T, Andersen MS, Simonsen EB (2013), “Lumbar Load in Common Work Tasks for Airport Baggage Handlers – A 3D Dynamic Analysis“, ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation, August 2013 Natal, Brazil. [WWW]
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