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Office Ergonomics (Part 1 of 3) – Prepare and Maintain the Body

Office Ergonomics…it’s more than just a split keyboard As ergonomists, we often receive requests from individuals in discomfort who feel that the answer to their pain is a new chair, a split keyboard, or a fancy ergonomic mouse. Although there are times when each of these items can help, the cause of discomfort often lies […]

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Vancouver Island Safety Conference 2013

That was awesome … I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the VISC on the weekend.  They let me have a full hour to speak to over 400 attendees.  I had so much fun! We went though the foundations of Being a Good Industrial Athlete including the importance of using safe movement […]

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Seated Computer Risk – Movement or Posture?

I find the popular perception is that repetitive strain injuries are the significant (slow hurt) danger in office environments.  Repeated keying and mousing is certainly a concern, but I find the greater hazard is the posture many of us maintain during our seated computer work.  Too often, I observe people slouching and reaching forward. I […]

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New Vehicle Head Restraints are Uncomfortable

I have been receiving feedback from some workers based in the field that the headrests in their fleet trucks are pushing their head too far forward.  It seems the new standard for passive head restraints is to reduce the gap between the driver’s head and the headrest.  With the help of one of our client […]

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Where is the Lumbar Support ?

I have been doing a fair bit of travelling this week – 4 plane rides and the better part of 10 hours of driving (6 of them in a rental car).  I am reminded that it feels like automobile and plane manufacturers appear to put more efforts into the ergonomics of the production line rather […]

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This is not a task chair!

I recently completed an office review for a large non-profit organization on Vancouver Island. It was great that they invited me in to see everyone’s workstation because it meant I could do some proactive work with folks who weren’t reporting concerns. However, there were a handful of workers that were using inappropriate chairs for their […]

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Shovelling Snow

Suncor Firebag Shovelling

I had another great visit up to an oil and gas site in northern Alberta. I was working with one of the site contractors on safe movements when shoveling. I decided it was time to take my turn in front of the camera to try and figure out the best practices for shoveling snow out […]

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Suncor Firebag Movement Safety

I just finished up an excellent 2 day trip to Suncor’s Firebag operation north of Fort McMurray (plant in the background and camps in the foreground). I had the opportunity to work with one of their larger contractor groups on safe movement best practices for key labour tasks. They were such a great group and […]

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