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Ladder simulation exercise for construction, mining, and other industries.

Authors
Wiehagen-B; Ramani-R; Calhoun-B; Flick-J; Radomsky-M; Russell-G; Haggerty-J; Kowalski-K; Rethi-L; Stephenson-CM; Scharf-T
Source
ICOH 2002 Oct; :63
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20023221
Abstract
Falls from ladders are a significant cause of occupational injury in the US construction industry, and ladder safety is a common topic in worker training. Much of this training is prescriptive in nature workers are taught correct procedures in the use of ladders by reviewing safety rules and principles. This training is valuable as awareness of rules and guidelines allow for workers to generalize and make specific decisions in the selection and use of ladders. This presentation explores an innovative, experiential method of teaching "ladder safety" that may enhance a worker's understanding of risk and increase transfer of safety knowledge and skills to the work place. It builds upon a large volume of training research conducted by the Pittsburgh Research Lab (NIOSH), in conjunction with the University of Kentucky. Characteristics of this training require participation from the trainees. Simulations developed for mining, construction and agriculture found that this method of teaching can foster much dialog about key safety and health issues within the context and predicaments of every day work life. Trainees interact with the story (a problem to be solved) and work their way through the simulation. As the story unfolds, they are asked to make a series of decisions concerning completion of a welding task working from a ladder. The simulation seeks to mirror real life and the kinds of decisions that a welder might make in performing the task, including how to integrate safety with the production demands.
Keywords
Ladders; Construction-industry; Mining-industry; Occupational-hazards; Injuries; Safety-measures; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Simulation-methods; Agricultural-industry; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention
Publication Date
20021028
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL; NPPTL; EID; DART
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Source Name
Best Practices in Occupational Safety and Health, Education, Training, and Communication: Ideas That Sizzle, 6th International Conference, Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, ICOH, In Cooperation with The International Communication Network, ICOH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 28-30, 2002
State
PA; OH; MD
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