Evaluating the effectiveness of perturbation-based training programs on the development of postural responses to continuous multidirectional perturbations

Slips, trips, and falls (STFs) are a major concern in occupational environments, accounting for a significant portion of all reported work-related injuries in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore petroleum industry. Perturbation-based training has been shown as an effective measure in developing appropriate postural responses for young and older adults. This proposed research aims to address the industry’s STF concerns through the development of a perturbation-based training program that will help prepare new workers to better adapt to motion-induced stressors of their work environments. This training program will be delivered as a part of framework for a comprehensive research-based offshore specific STF training program, that will take into consideration the unique challenges and stressors associated with the offshore industry. This work will be accomplished by one research project lasting eight months and taking place in a laboratory setting. Through this work the partner industry will gain expertise and a service that can delivery to their partners that can be used to address the immediate STF-related concerns of the company, and may assist them in developing strategies for other human performance related concerns in the offshore industry.

Faculty Supervisor:

Drs. Jeannette Byrne, Bill McIlroy & Avril Mansfield


Carolyn Ann Duncan


Sleipnir Lift Management




Construction and infrastructure


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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