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Document ID (ISN)110156
CIS number 09-1155
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Maki B.E., Perry S.D., Scovil C.Y., Peters A.L., McKay S.M., Lee T.A., Corbeil P., Fernie G.R., McIlroy W.E.
Title Interventions to promote more effective balance-recovery reactions in industrial settings: New perspectives on footwear and handrails
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.46, No.1, p.40-50. Illus. 50 ref.
Internet access 09-1155.pdf [in English]
Abstract "Change-in-support" balance-recovery reactions that involve rapid stepping or reaching movements play a critical role in preventing falls. This article reviews research pertaining to interventions aimed at improving the ability to execute these reactions effectively. Some of these interventions have the potential to reduce fall risks in industrial settings. Balance-enhancing footwear and proximity-triggered handrail cueing systems designed to improve reach-to-grasp reactions have been found to be useful in geriatric populations. There is also some evidence that these interventions may improve balance control in younger persons; however, further research is needed to confirm their efficacy in preventing falls in industrial settings.
Descriptors (primary) safety engineering; falls on the level; railings; safety footwear
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; unbalance; age-linked differences; balance tests; research; sense of balance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Foot and leg protection