Navigation Links
Improved stepladder design may decrease injuries
Date:6/28/2011

Stepladders, a household product used by thousands of people every day, are a surprisingly common cause of injury. In 2009, more than 187,000 Americans visited the hospital after sustaining stepladder injuries, many of which resulted from a fall. A recent human factors/ergonomics study explores how improved design and user behavior can decrease the likelihood of future accidents.

In their upcoming HFES 55th Annual Meeting presentation, "The Role of Human Balance in Stepladder Accidents," HF/E researchers Daniel Tichon, Lowell Baker, and Irving Ojalvo review research regarding loss of balance and describe possible solutions to stepladder hazards.

Compared with a flat surface, stepladders present a smaller and less rigid surface on which to stand, and the narrow steps make it easier for a person to lose his or her balance. While standing on a stepladder, users may not be able to take a step to regain their balance or grab something to steady themselves, particularly while holding tools or other objects.

"In order to most effectively improve the safety of ladders, the causation of accident needs to be analyzed and better understood," Baker says. "In many of the cases we have investigated, the claimed cause of ladder accidents is that the person 'just lost their balance,' or 'just fell.' This raises several questions, including what factors cause someone to lose his or her balance in general, how a fall from a ladder can be precipitated by disturbances that would not lead to a fall for a person standing on the ground, and how ladders can be designed and used to minimize the risk of a fall."

The authors believe that both designers and users can make a number of changes to reduce injuries. For example, the ladder could be more rigid to provide a stable work platform, which could offset human balance problems. Front and rear rails could be manufactured with closed tubular sections and with cross-shaped spreader bars.

User
'/>"/>

Contact: Lois Smith
lois@hfes.org
310-394-1811
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Exercise Success for People Over 50: Reports of Improved Fitness, Circulation and Balance
2. Medical Transcription Services and EHR Provider MxSecure Launches New Enhanced Website with Goal of Improved Physician Productivity
3. Small to Mid-Sized Hospitals Turn to Orion Health to Implement Health IT Solutions for Improved Patient Care and Outcomes
4. Drug Improved Survival in Mice With Cystic Fibrosis
5. The Logo Boutique.com Launches New and Improved Website
6. New Study: Improved Immune System with Gene-Eden, a Natural Antiviral Supplement that Targets Chronic Viruses
7. TeraMedica Unveils Improved Univision, Now Offering a Multi-Layer Enterprise Viewing Platform
8. An improved method for calculating tumor growth
9. Improved doctor-pharmacist collaboration needed: study
10. Improved patient care with telemonitoring
11. Improved device provides more rapid, comprehensive analysis of circulating tumor cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2014)... French . ... regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler from ... and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche Vasculaire Translationnelle ... that the principle of adhesion by aqueous solutions of ... organs and tissues. This easy-to-use gluing method has been ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... have identified new pain relief targets that could ... BBSRC-funded researchers at King,s College London made the ... in the periphery of the body. , Dr ... identifying mechanisms underlying pain generation and our findings ... side effects." , One potential side effect of ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Colo. (April 17, 2014) Two recent papers ... researcher and colleagues may help scientists develop treatments ... Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses. ... biochemistry and molecular genetics at the School of ... Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and colleagues recently published ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... 17, 2014) Doctors who treat patients with ... (LAM) can face an agonizing treatment decision. , ... disease and help relieve shortness of breath. But ... sirolimus can cause potentially fatal complications following transplantation. ... Daniel Dilling, medical director of Loyola University Medical ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that the ... experimental model. The findings, reported in the ... may lead to more effective treatments for alcoholism. ... the leading causes of illness and death in ... by limiting the productivity of workers and necessitating ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair 2Health News:Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair 3Health News:New pain relief targets discovered 2Health News:CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever 2Health News:Patients with rare lung disease face agonizing treatment dilemma 2Health News:Patients with rare lung disease face agonizing treatment dilemma 3Health News:BUSM researchers find anti-seizure drug may reduce alcohol consumption 2
... CME LL C ... Educational Initiatives. In her new role, DeMatteo will guide ... needs through activities founded on proven learning adult principles, ... to CME LLC ...
... in innovative electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO) solutions and data collection ... and web technologies. assisTek,s ongoing development of Smart Phone and eDiary ... requirements. , ... Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 12, 2009 ...
... red in honor of world,s largest AIDS fundraising eventLighting ... - 12:15 P.M. Press Opportunities immediately following ... Health Crisis (GMHC) and AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) ... will soon honor the 24th annual AIDS Walk New ...
... Clemson University and Barrett Caldwell of Purdue University have proposed ... monitoring signals in human behavior. The system could result in ... of future phases of an outbreak of an illness such ... to identify a pandemic event before it is under way ...
... Exclusive List of 99 Companies Worldwide CLEVELAND, ... named one of 2009,s World,s Most Ethical Companies by ... two hospitals to make the list of 99 companies.According ... "going beyond legal minimums, introducing innovative ideas to benefit ...
... could be key in improving Alzheimer,s research , , TUESDAY, ... biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid may help predict the rate ... and this information could be used to improve the ... study, published in the May issue of the journal ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Ann Marie DeMatteo Joins CME LLC as Vice President of Educational Initiatives, Drives Innovative Programming Approaches 2Health News:Smart Phone, ePRO, and eDiary Technology Advances for Clinical Trials, Market Research, and Registries Reported by assisTek 2Health News:Smart Phone, ePRO, and eDiary Technology Advances for Clinical Trials, Market Research, and Registries Reported by assisTek 3Health News:Hilary Duff to Light Empire State Building Commemorating 24th Annual AIDS Walk New York 2Health News:Hilary Duff to Light Empire State Building Commemorating 24th Annual AIDS Walk New York 3Health News:Researchers study the human factor in spread of pandemic illness 2Health News:Researchers study the human factor in spread of pandemic illness 3Health News:Cleveland Clinic Named One of World's Most Ethical Companies 2Health News:Cleveland Clinic Named One of World's Most Ethical Companies 3Health News:Biomarkers May Help Measure Rate of Decline in Dementia 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... Jan. 15, 2014 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), ... AMGN ) announced today that they have launched ... new therapeutic targets and develop novel therapies for ... affects millions worldwide. The MGH-Broad-Amgen collaboration brings together ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014  In an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of "superbugs" ... transport vehicles, an advanced and portable UV germicidal lamp manufactured by ... time. In order to prevent EMS paramedics and ... West Palm Beach Fire Rescue is the first ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014  According to Millennium Research ... market intelligence, the United States ... device markets will expand moderately through 2022, with ... In particular, increasing interest in drug-eluting beads (DEBs) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 3Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 4Superbugs No Longer Ride In Rescue Vehicles 2US and European Transcatheter Embolization and Occlusion Device Market to Surpass $1.6 Billion by 2022 2US and European Transcatheter Embolization and Occlusion Device Market to Surpass $1.6 Billion by 2022 3
... BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 8, 2011 SANYO North ... its Cell Processing Work Station (CPWS), an integrated, stand-alone ... stem cell and cell therapies for research use, has ... (UAB) as the nation,s first installation of the CPWS, ...
... 2011 According to a report published today by ... has begun to adapt to stricter governmental brand name ... it files for every new drug. These newer standards ... European Medicines Agency (EMA) are part of an effort ...
Cached Medicine Technology:SANYO Installs First Cell Processing Work Station in the United States at University of Alabama at Birmingham 2SANYO Installs First Cell Processing Work Station in the United States at University of Alabama at Birmingham 3Thomson Reuters Trademark Report Reveals New Challenges and Opportunities for Pharmaceutical Brands 2Thomson Reuters Trademark Report Reveals New Challenges and Opportunities for Pharmaceutical Brands 3
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
Medicine Products: