Ergonomic Biomechanical Risk Factors


Discover the 7 deadly ergonomic risk factors that may be putting you at risk when you work.


Safe Work Australia reports that during the period from 2006 to 2009 there were 73 400 hospitalisations as a result of work related injuries. This number has surely increased in 2015/2016. These injuries result in lost time at work and reduced work performance; but of course your injury doesn’t stay at work when you go home in the afternoon. If you are injured at work, you are injured at home. All of a sudden you can’t perform at home or in your normal free time activities.


What is ergonomics?? The word ergonomics is derived from the Greek words ‘ergon’ (work) and ‘nomos’ (natural law); therefore ergonomics is the study of how to fit the work to the worker. This includes the design of tools and equipment, workplace design and worker education and training.


The 7 most accepted biomechanical risk factors, as deemed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (along with many other leading authorities) are:


  1. Repetition
  2. Force
  3. Awkward Postures
  4. Static Postures
  5. Dynamic Factors
  6. Mechanical Compression
  7. Vibration


Keep an eye on our next few posts as we further explore these 7 risk factors, and how you can avoid becoming a statistic!

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