Ergonomics evaluation into the safety of
Phase 2: User profile and dynamic testing
Serves to summarise the project work undertaken as the second phase of a study to evaluate the stability of stepladders, particularly where intended for, or used in, the UK market. It follows the phase 1 report which discusses the findings of a literature search and standards review, and describes the test methodologies used to examine the attitudes and expectations of typical professional and domestic stepladder users as well as the collection of dynamic data using an innovative platform. Later sections interrogate this data in order to examine the manner in which instability occurs in stepladder systems, relating it to both the stepladder's structure and the user's behaviour. The identified causes of instability are then reviewed in order to determine effective safety intervention including proposed improvements to the technical standards affecting stepladders, increased levels of user training and better labelling and warnings. A final section deals with possible avenues for the dissemination of this vital information.
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