Applying a human-centred process to re-design equipment and work environments

Tim Horberry, Robin Burgess-Limerick

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Safe design is an increasingly influential approach due to a growing recognition of the contribution of design to workplace safety. It aims to eliminate workplace hazards by systematically involving end-users in the design or redesign process. In this review paper, the explicit and novel focus is upon redesign, rather than original design. The literature in the field is appraised and a human-centred safe redesign method is presented. The safe redesign method is a task-based, risk management approach that centres on end-users. In describing the method, indicative results from two domains are outlined: mining equipment and highway environments. Focusing on end-users and their tasks by means of a structured human-centred process can be highly beneficial. Further work to expand the human-centred safe redesign method is outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Human-centred
  • Industrial mobile equipment
  • Safe highway design
  • Safe redesign

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