Ambulance crews sustain very high levels of reported musculoskeletal disorders, particularly from patient retrieval and moving/handling.
Analysis has been carried out on reported accidents in this industry that resulted in a musculoskeletal injury. The three main activities involved in these incidents were:
A working group was set up to look at musculoskeletal disorders in ambulance service workers. This group commissioned ergonomists from the Health and Safety Laboratory to conduct some work with carry chairs and alternative patient transfer seats.
A field study of carry chairs in use was undertaken in 2003 and a Summary report of field study of carry chairs in use was produced.
A further study was carried out in 2005 to evaluate patient handling tasks involving the use of emergency carry chairs. The findings of this study were published in Research Report 314 Evaluation of manual handling tasks involving the use of carry chairs by UK ambulance personnel.