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February 2, 2022

Fatigue Failure Ergonomics Assessment Tools Advance MSD Prevention Strategies

Article Highlights: Fatigue Failure theory is a new ergonomics theory about how workers develop MSDs Three recently developed ergonomics assessment tools — LiFFT, DUET and The […]
July 16, 2021

New Liberty Mutual MMH Equations (2021) Added to Ergoweb Enterprise

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company has conducted numerous studies over several decades that help identify and reduce risk of injury related to manual material tasks like lifting, […]
May 13, 2020

Preparing Employees for a Return-to-Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees to stay home, and others to work reduced schedules. This extended time away from work may result in some […]
May 12, 2020

How to Set-Up and Launch an Ergonomics Process at Your Site

A step-by-step guide to planning an effective ergonomics process at a company site or facility. This is a brief summary article — for more detail and […]
February 6, 2020

How to Design Ergonomics into the Workplace

“Designing in” workplace ergonomics is viewed as an integral part of an effective ergonomics process.  Non-office workplace environments are constantly changing – and new ergonomics challenges […]
January 28, 2020

Exoskeletons and Ergonomics — What You Need to Know

Wearable exoskeletons and ergonomics are getting a lot of attention lately. Exoskeletal devices have already shown great promise and success as rehabilitation and disability solutions, and […]
December 16, 2019

Ergonomics Standards and Guidelines

Here’s a list of ergonomics standards, guidelines, regulations and compliance resources. It was last updated on January 29, 2020. The list is comprehensive, but we’ve surely […]
November 18, 2019

Managing an Ergonomics Improvement Process

Managing ergonomics at a site requires a lot of planning, coordination, and communication.  An effective ergonomics improvement initiative relies on contributions of people throughout the organization […]
November 4, 2019

How to Develop a Site Ergonomics Plan

A well constructed site ergonomics plan is critical for ensuring that everyone involved in the ergonomics process understands what needs to occur, and who is responsible […]
January 30, 2006

Canada Launches Campaign to Tackle Musculoskeletal Disorders

In Ontario, a new campaign called "Pains and Strains," will focus on education and inspection.
January 25, 2006

Inquiry Opens into West Virginia Accidents that Killed 14 Coal Miners in Three Weeks

The early details of the two accidents point to the lack of a safety culture at the two mines.
January 24, 2006

Research Summary: The impact of overtime and long work hours on occupational injuries and illnesses: new evidence from the United States

Working extended or overtime hours was strongly associated with increased incidence of work related injury/illness according to a Dembe et al. analysis of 13 years of data collected by a national survey.
January 24, 2006

Senators Probe Two Coal Mining Accidents in West Virginia in Past Three Weeks

A United States Senate inquiry opened on January 23 into two accidents in West Virginia in the first three weeks of January that killed 14 coal miners.
January 23, 2006

Australian Study: Bullying Rife in Government of Victoria Workplace

A recent survey by the State of Victoria in Australia found that one in five employees on the public payroll have been bullied or harassed by colleagues or managers in the past year.
January 18, 2006

Safety and the Energy Industry – Continents Apart?

Is Safety a Dirty Word in the Energy Industry? A Look At the Obstacles to Reform
January 18, 2006

Scotland’s Tired Private Prison Guards — An Ergonomic Issue

The Prison Service Union (PSU) recently reported that tired workers responsible for some of the country's most dangerous inmates are in danger of letting their guard drop.
January 18, 2006

Michigan Legislature Votes Down Effort to Establish Ergonomics Standard

Ergo Update: The Republican-led lower chamber of the Michigan legislature voted 56-45 along party lines on January 17 to kill efforts to introduce ergonomics rules to workplaces.
January 17, 2006

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Youth Injured at Work

In December a court again decided human error was the cause of a workplace accident and closed the book. The decision punished a youth by denying his right to worker's compensation. It's an outcome that will surprise few people in the human factors and ergonomics profession.