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Document ID (ISN)104050
CIS number 05-482
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2962-7
Year 2005
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 314
Author(s) Ferreira J., Stanley L.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Evaluation of manual handling tasks involving the use of carry chairs by UK ambulance personnel
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2005. viii, 73p. Illus. 31 ref. Price: GBP 25.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
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Abstract The emergency carry chair is an important manual handling aid, used by ambulance services as the primary method for transporting patients up and down stairs and into the ambulance. In this ergonomic study, eight ambulance personnel performed four simulated handling tasks that commonly involved the use of the carry chairs: transporting a patient up and down stairs, lifting a patient into the back of an ambulance, wheeling a patient up a 10░ ramp, and negotiating a kerb. Force, posture and anthropometric data were combined into a biomechanical model to predict the risk of injury to the low back and the physical demands imposed on operators. The risk of musculoskeletal injury related to each of the tasks is discussed.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; physical workload; health care personnel; ambulances; manual handling
Descriptors (secondary) report; manual lifting; work posture; musculoskeletal diseases; anthropometry; body mechanics; backache; workload assessment; ergonomic evaluation; risk factors; lumbar column
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) First aid and emergency organization
Health care services