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Study of factors associated with risk of work-related stairway falls.

Authors
Templer-J; Archea-J; Cohen-HH
Source
J Saf Res 1985 Dec; 16(4):183-196
NIOSHTIC No.
00178470
Abstract
Factors associated with the risk of work related stairway falls were studied via analysis of videotape recordings of industrial worker usage of 31 flights of stairs. The selection of stair sites involved a focusing procedure to identify high risk locations that would represent the injury causing potential of industrial stairs and enable a higher than average yield of incidents. Videotapes were reviewed to identify all incidents (trips, falls, slips, missteps, and temporary instability). Characteristics of the 98 users with recorded incidents were compared to 98 comparisons. The incident group of workers tended to be those whose movement was impeded by others and who were older; nonincident workers tended to wear glasses and include very large or heavy individuals. Physical features of the stairways showing significant correlation with high incidence rate included higher effective riser height, less effective tread depth and, for descent, larger nosing projections. The safest stairs had an effective riser height not greater than 7 inches, an effective tread depth no less than 11 inches, and nosing projections less than 11/16 inches. Other major factors included tread materials, visual surroundings, and handrail use; lower incidence rates were observed with concrete or stone treads, unobscured straight ahead views, and nonusage of handrails.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-79-0020; Risk-factors; Injuries; Occupational-accidents; Workplace-studies; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Industrial-safety
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
19851201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-210-79-0020
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0022-4375
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
GA; CA
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