Title: Proof of Concept for an Innovative Approach to Physical Job Demands Analysis
Category: Changing Nature of Work and Work Environment
Subcategory: Changing Nature of Work and Work Environment
The purpose of a Physical Job Demands Analysis (PJDA) is to analyze the physical component requirements of a job in order to better understand possible exposure to potential health and safety hazards. This research will investigate a computer-based PJDA by employing state-of-the-art motion capture technology through the use of inertial and force-sensitive sensors worn by workers while they are performing their regular job duties. This technology could substantially reduce the current costs of job site based PJDAs by using wireless technology to provide clinically-relevant information remotely on numerous workers at one time, thus potentially reducing the amount of time rehabilitation providers must spend at the worksite.
This project aims to provide greater insight into the physical nature of work. The PJDA method could make it possible to collect, process, and analyze large amounts of useful information on a wide variety of job types and environments to significantly improve injury and illness prevention, as well as return-to-work accommodation of injured workers.
Ultimately, the end result will show whether or not the technology could and should be applied on a larger scale to capture information on a large number of problematic jobs or job tasks impacting B.C. workers.
Tyler Amell (LifeMark Health)
Year Funded: 2011
Funding Agency: WorkSafeBC, WorkSafeBC & WCB of Nova Scotia
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Keywords: Injury Prevention; Disability Management; Physical Job Demands Analysis (PJDA); Innovative British Columbia Technology; Worker Movement Analysis