The Power of Incorrect Ergonomic Thinking: The Science and Art of Ergonomics Helps Safety Strategists Make Adjustments That Bridge the Gap between People and Their Work
Pater, Robert, Occupational Hazards
The aim of ergonomic design and/or behavior modifications is to create safer and more efficient performance, as well as boost worker satisfaction. A one-size-fits-all approach, while understandably easier to implement, is antithetical to effective ergonomic interventions, and only will help to a point of diminishing returns, in the same way that a second scissors lift brought in to sit right next to an existing one is unlikely to further reduce injuries.
Too often, we've heard of ergonomic interventions that solely are based on preprinted checklists that treated all workers as if they were identical. This doesn't make sense to me as a developer of soft-tissue injury and other prevention interventions.
Sometimes pressures to be …
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Publication information: Article title: The Power of Incorrect Ergonomic Thinking: The Science and Art of Ergonomics Helps Safety Strategists Make Adjustments That Bridge the Gap between People and Their Work. Contributors: Pater, Robert - Author. Magazine title: Occupational Hazards. Volume: 68. Issue: 4 Publication date: April 2006. Page number: 28. © 2008 Penton Media, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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