From The Ergoweb® Learning Center

Army Fainting Spell Could Equal Ergonomics Trouble

An incident that left a member of the U.S. Army’s Technical Escort Unit (TEU) passed out from the heat while demonstrating a biological defense suit earlier this month might have been a heat-stress message for the military’s bio-protective JSLIST suit.

While the fainting episode was blamed on “The combination of bright lights, nervousness, lack of water and close conditions,” by a TEU spokesman, ergonomist Rachel Michael, M.Sc., A.E.P. of Ergoweb Inc. offered input on the ergonomics impact of the incident.

“This means that the task demands didn’t meet the user capabilities,” said Michael. “The human user is capable of expending