Evaluating the Role of Learning and Experience on Postural Response and Fall Prevention in Offshore Environments

Slips, trips, and falls (STFs) are a major concern in occupational environments, accounting for a significant portion of all reported work-related injuries. These concerns are even greater in moving environments, like those of Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore petroleum industry. This proposed research aims to address the industry’s STF concerns through analysis of worker’s postural responses to motions similar to those experienced while working offshore. This initial research will lay the strong groundwork needed for the subsequent development of effective measures to hel p preparenew workers to better adapt to their work environments. It will also help address hazards through a research-based STF prevention program specifically designed for the unique rigors of the offshore petroleum industry. This work will be accomplished by one research project lasting four months and taking place in a laboratory setting. Through this work the partner industry will gain knowledge and expertise that can be used to address the immediate STF-related concerns of the company, as well as being applied to other potential issues related to worker performance in moving offshore environments.

This research project was undertaken and completed with a grant from and the financial assistance of Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Jeannette Byrne


Carolyn Ann Duncan


Sleipnir Lift Management




Life sciences


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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