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Collection and analysis of work surface accident profile data, final report.
NIOSH 1977 Dec; :1-166
Accident Circumstance Profiles were developed to describe the various tasks, work surfaces, footwear and industries which have frequent and serious work surfaces related injuries. Existing injury data, including workers' compensation agency tabulations and first reports of injury, were analyzed. Profile development was also supplemented by field visits to 50 accident sites in 9 organizations. The accident sites visited were selected to emphasize slips and falls that had occurred on dry surfaces. Site visits included measurements of coefficient of friction (COF) that were then correlated with the work tasks and body positions. Injury data from workers compensation files were of little value in determining specific features of work surface accidents, however, the first reports of injury were useful in identifying specific accident patterns. Analysis of 3,270 injury reports revealed several high risk accident circumstances related to a variety of work surface problems. The authors suggest that the recurrent accident patterns require training and housekeeping countermeasures, rather than specifications for materials. They also make recommendations for areas requiring further research.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-76-0150; Industrial-processes; Work-practices; Work-environment; Occupational-safety; Safety-research; Safety-factors; Surface-properties; Task-performance; Risk-factors; Safety-training; Accident-investigations;
Final Contract Report
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NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio
Safety Sciences, Division of WSA, Inc., San Diego, California
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