Ergonomics in Safety, Accident Prevention

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By Dr Moses Amweelo

The role of ergonomics in controlling work-related risks is gaining increasing recognition. Many occupational safety and health programmes incorporate ergonomic improvements as an integral part of preventive measures.

It is encouraging that ergonomic interventions are being more and more widely applied in various industries, including many small enterprises (Kogi K African Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety 1997).

Simply put, ergonomics can be seen as the scientific analysis of the work environment, the aim being not only to improve working conditions by reducing physical and mental demands often placed on workers, but also to improve productivity.

Safety is everyone’s business. If one fails to observe safety while doing work, one may injure oneself, somebody working alongside, or both may be involved in an accident. Individual negligence may even affect a whole gang of workers.

Accidents occur when people fail to recognize hazards or to give due consideration to situation-specific risk factors. Almost by definition, they are unexpected occurrences at the time and in the places where they occur. This does not mean, however, that the???_?_’???_?’???_???

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