DATE: Wednesday, 28 May 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: HKR Lecture Theatre (Room 2001, Physical Education Building)
Memorial University of Newfoundland

A Question of Balance: Preventing Occupational Falls and Resultant Human Factors Errors in Moving Maritime Environments

The ocean is an unpredictable, harsh environment that often presents environmental and external factors which can lead to high morbidity and mortality rates. Workers in these moving environments are twice as likely to have a loss of balance compared with those working in non-moving environments. Therefore, occupational slips, trips and falls have a significant impact on worker operability. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the mechanisms, risks and potential interventions related to occupational slips, trips and falls in moving maritime occupational environments. This will be done through the examination of current assessment tools and interventions, as well as discussing future maritime specific ergonomic assessment tools and interventions.


Carolyn Duncan holds a PhD from Memorial University in human factors and postural responses in moving environments, as well as Bachelors and Masters degrees in Kinesiology with focuses on human factors and biomechanics. An active member within the ergonomics community, she currently holds a Mitacs / Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador funded post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial University and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in association with Sleipnir Lift Management.

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