• Short Summary

    Two hundred postal workers in Guildford, near London, are currently swallowing miniature radio transmitters--in the interests of science Doctors at the Surrey University are trying to find out what jobs cause backache and why, in a project which is backed by the European Coal Mining and Steel Industry Commission.

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    Two hundred postal workers in Guildford, near London, are currently swallowing miniature radio transmitters--in the interests of science Doctors at the Surrey University are trying to find out what jobs cause backache and why, in a project which is backed by the European Coal Mining and Steel Industry Commission.

    SYNOPSIS: The team at the university has been working on the project for several years. They put the volunteers through a series of str???nuous exercises, tailored to their weight and height. This man has already suffered from back problem after working in the field for the post office for 23 years.

    The technicians keep the tiny transmitters in an oven at body temperature before they're given to the volunteers. The radio pills, as they're known, were developed by a British firm and cost about 55 pounds sterling (100 US dollars) each.

    Perhaps surprisingly, most of the volunteers have little trouble swallowing the transmitter, which, after about 10 minutes, will send out signals indicating the amount of stress being applied to the back.

    An amplifier is wrapped around the volunteer's stomach. This is linked to a recording machine which gives a print out of the stress readings.

    Exercises involving the lifting of weights in several different positions have been devised to show which movement creates the most stress. The team hopes that its findings will go a long way to preventing backache, which is currently costing British industry alone more than a million pounds sterling a day in last production and sick pay. One of the team is Dr David Stubbs. He talked to Visnews reporter Denise Eiksen

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6BUGYZ5L897VJE7XC925U7XH8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BUGYZ5L897VJE7XC925U7XH8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/08/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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