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August 10, 2015

Two-person lift team

Viewing 10 posts – 1 through 10 (of 10 total) January 26, 2007 [private user] What methods are available to evaluate occasionally performed tasks in which […]
March 3, 2015

New Government Requirements Target Employees with Disabilities

Does your company have more than $10,000 in contracts or subcontracts with the USA Federal government, or an agency thereof? Most medium or large companies do, which makes them subject to new affirmative action regulations targeting employees with disabilities.
November 11, 2014

Moving Beyond OSHA Recordkeeping

As we come to the end of 2014, many of us will be finalizing the OSHA 300 and 300A recordkeeping forms to share with employees in […]
November 4, 2014

Sad Farewell to Tom Waters, a Leader Behind the NIOSH Lifting Equation

I was very sad to hear that Tom Waters (Thomas Russell Waters) died last week following injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. Tom was a leading force behind the NIOSH Lifting Equation, and the ergonomics community has lost a great friend and tireless contributor.
October 28, 2014

University Programs for Ergonomics and Human Factors

The following list of University based academic programs was compiled in 2014 by Ergoweb intern Shweta Agarwal. She compiled this information based on voluntary contributions from the Universities, so if a University did not contribute their listing information, Shweta was unable to include them in the list below.
October 1, 2014

Ergoweb Welcomes New Chief Technology Officer

David J. Scalzo joins Ergoweb as CTO. Dave will oversee Ergoweb's technical systems, including our proprietary software systems, web properties and digital media, and internal business processes. He'll also support key Ergoweb partners, including ErgoAdvocate and Ergobuyer.
September 6, 2013

Second Handles

A second handle can help Principles affected Force Reach Fatigue Related pages Tool grips Background Second handles on hand tools help to: Increase control and maneuverability […]
September 6, 2013

Mounted Hand Tools

Bench mounted tools Principles affected Force Motions Fatigue Related pages Tools Counterbalances Hand straps Background This strategy has to do with mounting tools that are typically […]
September 6, 2013

Counterbalances and supports

Multi-purpose arm: Suspension, torque control, and point-of-use storage Principles affected Posture Force Fatigue Environment (shock, vibration) Related pages Workstations Fixtures, benchtop Fixtures, floor-based Tools Torque control […]
September 6, 2013

Control of Torque Reaction

  Visible jerk when fastener bottoms out Principles affected Environment (shock) Related pages Tools Counterbalances Background Assemblers who use power fastening tools (such as powered screwdrivers […]
September 6, 2013

Hose and Connectors

Heavy and stiff Principles affected Force Related pages   Background Air power tools require a hose that in some circumstances can make the job unnecessarily more […]
September 6, 2013


Principles affected Posture Force Motions Fatigue Pressure points Related pages Straps Background The triggers on some power tools, especially older models, have been found to require […]
September 6, 2013

Tool maintenance, training, and process control

Principles affected Force Motions Environment (vibration) Related pages   Background An often-neglected aspect of hand tools is having proper systems in place to insure optimal use.  […]
September 6, 2013

Weight and Balance

Heavy and off balance Principles affected Posture Force Reach Fatigue Related pages Supports and counterbalances   Background Many hand tools are heavy to hold for long […]
September 6, 2013

Grip Design

Too large Non-functional Principles affected Posture Force Fatigue Pressure points Clearance Related pages Hand tools Triggers Orientation Background The primary interface (and often the only interface) […]