Journal article

Evaluating the effectiveness of a participatory ergonomics approach in reducing the risk and severity of injuries from manual handling

PJW Carrivick, AH Lee, KKW Yau, MR Stevenson

ERGONOMICS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

Manual handling is the greatest contributor to non-fatal injury and disease in the workplace, commonly accounting for one-third of national injury counts. Interventional strategies that have focused on selecting or modifying the worker have been ineffective in reducing injury risk. In recent times, participatory ergonomics has been widely adopted as a process to reduce the risk of injury from manual handling but it is not well validated as an intervention. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a participatory ergonomics risk assessment approach in reducing the rate and severity of injuries from manual and non-manual handling sustained by a cohort of 137 cleaners within a hospital setting..

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