chapter  9
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Engineering Anthropometry

People come in a great variety of sizes and the proportions of their body parts are not the same. Thus,

devising tools, gear, and workstations to fit their bodies requires careful consideration; design for the

statistical “average” will not do. Instead, for each body segment to be fitted, the designer must determine

what dimension(s) is (are) critical: this may be a minimal or a maximal value, or a range. Often, a series

of such decisions is necessary to accommodate body segments or the whole body by clothing, workspace,

and equipment.