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Researchers from Monash University Provide Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Risk Management

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Current study results on Risk Management have been published. According to news reporting from Clayton, Australia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Injuries resulting from manual handling tasks represent an on-going problem for the transport and storage industry. This article describes an application of a systems theory-based approach, Rasmussen's (1997."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Monash University, "Safety Science 27, 183), risk management framework, to the analysis of the factors influencing safety during manual handling activities in a freight handling organisation. Observations of manual handling activities, cognitive decision method interviews with workers (n = 27) and interviews with managers (n = 35) were used to gather information about three manual handling activities. Hierarchical task analysis and thematic analysis were used to identify potential risk factors and performance shaping factors across the levels of Rasmussen's framework. These different data sources were then integrated using Rasmussen's Accimap technique to provide an overall analysis of the factors influencing safety during manual handling activities in this context."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The findings demonstrate how a systems theory-based approach can be applied to this domain, and suggest that policy-orientated, rather than worker-orientated, changes are required to prevent future manual handling injuries."

For more information on this research see: Systems thinking applied to safety during manual handling tasks in the transport and storage industry. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;68():181-191. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting N. Goode, Monash University, Monash Injury Res Inst, Accid Res Center, Clayton, Vic 3800, Australia. Additional authors for this research include P.M. Salmon, M.G. Lenne and P. Hillard.

Keywords for this news article include: Clayton, Risk Management, Australia and New Zealand

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