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Citation

Fulton EJ, Feeney RJ. Appl. Ergon. 1983; 14(2): 91-95.

Affiliation

Institute for Consumer Ergonomics, University of Technology, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1983, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

15676468

Abstract

The paper describes a detailed accident investigation carried out by the Institute for Consumer Ergonomics for the Consumer Safety Unit at the Department of Trade. As such it serves to illustrate the application of two specific research techniques (i) analysis of product related accident data, and (ii) ergonomics evaluation of current models - and shows how these may be used to help in defining standards and criteria for the design of safer products. The study identified lawnmower features and activities associated with accidents recorded by the Home Accident Surveillance System. Ergonomics appraisal by expert assessment and user trials highlighted hazards associated with currently available powered lawnmowers. Performance criteria for safer design of selected features were developed with the aim of overcoming these hazards. At the end of the study liaison was sought with manufacturers to discuss how the results from the work could be used to effect.


Language: en

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