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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 07/27/00
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Research Focuses on Worker Safety Issues

Volunteers are being sought to participate in an ongoing research project at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Biomechanics and Ergonomics Research Laboratory, Department of Environmental Health. The project will explore some of the safety issues that relate to individuals who work on inclined/elevated surfaces. The purpose is to study the effect of physical work on task performance while on inclined/elevated surfaces.

This project will include measurements of:

  • muscle strength of leg muscles that help us balance
  • postural balance while performing reaching and bending tasks on an inclined surface
  • ability to identify vertical and horizontal cues while standing on an inclined surface
  • muscle activities during task performance period while standing on an inclined surface
  • how eye movements are used to utilize the visual environment for maintaining upright balance on an inclined surface

Volunteers must meet the following criteria:

  • As part of their occupation, must spend a significant part of the normal work day on an elevated or inclined surface such as dock, ramp, ladder, lift or roof, and must have worked in this environment for at least 3 years
  • Must be 21-59 years of age and must not wear eyeglasses (contact lenses are okay)
  • Must be healthy, and not taking any medications or have balance disorders
  • Must be willing to complete approximately 6 testing sessions, lasting about 2 hours each.

The testing is conducted at UC Medical Center. Testing times are flexible and participants are reimbursed for time and travel expenses. Contact Terry Mitchell at (513) 558-0529 for details.

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