Reducing Work Related Injuries


 

Challenge

Unique occupational demands can make workers particularly prone to certain injuries. For example, aircrew members flying Griffon helicopters must wear heavy helmets and equipment (e.g., night vision goggles). They report higher than average incidence of cervical spinal injuries. Our clients asked us to help quantify the physical demands faced by aircrews during their missions as a first step to reducing injuries.

Approach

We analyzed the tasks that aircrew members must perform and the physical demands of these tasks, throughout a range of different combat missions. This allowed us to design and develop a biomechanical model using motion capture that was used to quantify the physical stresses they face when doing the different parts of their jobs.

Results

Our client is one step closer to knowing how best to reduce the risk of neck strain and prevent injuries that can ground or debilitate their aircrews in the future. We developed a unique mission/task-based model for analyzing acute and chronic physical demands in any demanding job and environment. This model can now be used to assess both design and administrative methods for reducing these demands.

The Bottom Line

Work-related injuries are both harmful and costly. Whether heavy lifting, repetitive motion or other physical stressors, we can help with quantifying actual physical stresses on the body and pinpoint problems to support well-being and performance while reducing the risk of injury.

Project Contact: Dave Tack

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