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Ergonomics & Construction: Nontraditional Focus for a Top 20 U.S. Contractor, Heather Crawford, John A. Neil & Steve E. Thomas

Walsh Construction Co. is a Chicago-based general contracting, construction management and design-build firm. The firm has experience with a wide variety of building, civil and transportation sectors. Maintaining regional offices across North America, Walsh Construction operates using union labor and union subcontractors. nstruction; however, ergonomics has somewhat been embedded in construction without necessarily calling it ergonomics. Workstation design and workflow have changed, work setup and staging have changed, and tools and handling aides have also evolved, all with ergonomic benefits included in the new designs. However, what has not changed much is behavior, workforce fitness and risk factor reduction.


Integrating JHAs, Langdon Dement

JHAs are an essential part of a comprehensive safety program. However, the JHA is often overlooked as a particularly beneficial training tool, and without it the potential for injuries and fatalities is elevated. This article features three parts: preparation and integration of a JHA in a workplace safety program, connections with ergonomics and JHA-associated benefits.


America’s Changing Workforce: Ramifications for Ergonomic Modeling, Richard Sesek, Ruoliang Tang, Celal Gungor, & Jerry Davis

America’s workforce is becoming more diverse. Generally, this diversity includes workers with different anthropometry (size, shape), capabilities, work experiences and ethnicities. More importantly, the workforce is also aging and becoming heavier. However, the impact of aging and obesity is typically not considered in traditional ergonomic modeling. This article explores the potential impact of these factors and proposes several ways to factor these characteristics into ergonomic models.


Five Critical Elements for Managing an Ergonomics Program, Winnie Ip & Walt Rostykus

The goal of this article is to share the elements of successful ergonomics program management and provide guidance for strengthening strategic elements of current programs to improve performance.


Ebola: Employer Liability Issues, Mark A. Lies II and Kerry Mohan

The worldwide health authorities and media have publicized the Ebola hemorrhagic virus (EHV) that has been reported throughout western Africa. Although the U.S. has only experienced several cases of the virus, it is only a matter of time before the disease surfaces in more cases throughout the country. Given high-density areas of human contact such as mass transportation systems, schools, hospitals and the workplace, the potential is great for this widely circulating virus to spread from human-to-human in a short period of time. Learn about important liability issues in this article.


Improving Safety in Skilled Nursing Setting: One Facility’s Journey, Elise Condie and Jessica Ellison

This article outlines a national skilled nursing provider's journey through a 2013 NEP inspection. This federal OSHA inspection was conducted in a senior living facility and resulted in a serious-level General Duty Clause (5)(a) citation for the lack of a safe patient handling (ergonomic) program as well as other citations. Key points of the inspection and citation are summarized as a way to help others prepare and enhance healthcare safety programs to address these injury statistics and understand what to expect during an enforcement visit.


Infection Control: Q&A, Art Goguen

In this interview Goguen discusses his experiences in environmental management, safety engineering, industrial hygiene & environmental health, environmental infection control for healthcare and overall corporate EHS management.


Lightening the Load: Ergonomic Solutions that Reduce Patient Lifting Injuries, Elise Condie & Jessica Ellison

This article reviews the challenges healthcare organizations face in achieving significant and long-lasting reductions in injury rates, and will articulate the culture shift that needs to occur in order to implement a successful safe patient handling program.


Key Ingredients for Changing Behavior, Robert Pater

Recently the author heard a manager speak about the miraculous changes he saw in his company’s safety performance and culture. Because breakthrough leadership aims for such step changes, one of the bottom-line questions best leaders ask themselves is, “What does it really take to change behavior?”. Learn about the key elements in this article.


The Challenges of Safety Training, Jonathan Klane

Training in general, and safety training in particular, has many challenges (also known as problems). As trainers, we all face some problems or challenges during our training sessions. This article addresses some common challenges that can and do occur in many a training class.


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