Case study: Participatory ergonomics in road construction and an occupational perspective of health

Sara Pazell, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Tim Horberry

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Abstract

Road construction comprises high-risk work activity including risks for collision, musculoskeletal disorder, and slips, trips and falls. A participatory ergonomics project was hosted after compelling field observations were made. A manual task involving roll-out of multi-laminate tape was redesigned with the fabrication of a customized trolley. A human-centered design process was engaged (The Design for Operability and Maintainability Technique) and the project outcomes were reviewed according to an Occupational Perspective of Health, a spectrum of safety through to productivity (or "doing - being - becoming - belonging"). Critical success factors of the project are described, also, to inform activity that may sustain a participatory ergonomics and human-centered design practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2016
Subtitle of host publicationWashington, DC, United States; 19-23 September 2016
Place of PublicationSanta Monica CA USA
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society
Pages999-1003
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 - Washington Hilton, Washington, United States of America
Duration: 19 Sep 201623 Sep 2016
Conference number: 60th
https://www.hfes.org/web/HFESMeetings/2016annualmeeting.html

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc
Number1
Volume60
ISSN (Print)1071-1813
ISSN (Electronic)1541-9312

Conference

ConferenceInternational Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016
Abbreviated titleHFES 2016
CountryUnited States of America
CityWashington
Period19/09/1623/09/16
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