Validation and Injury Risk Module Development for a Video-Based Physical Demands Description Tool

Benefit payments totaled 2.5 billion dollars for Ontario workplaces in 2015. The most common injury resulting in a lost time claim was a strain or sprain – indicating despite massive efforts to reduce musculoskeletal injuries by ergonomists, these issues still have a significant financial burden on the economy. An easy-to-use, readily available, and automated physical demands description (PDD) tool can allow worker health and safety professionals to evaluate worker injury risk with minimal training and expertise, and take steps to prevent or mitigate workplace injury risk. This research will expand our examination of the utility of a new video-based physical demands description tool and its concurrent validity compared to traditional pen-and-paper methods. Further, this research will integrate and evaluate a risk assessment module into the video-based tool in using common ergonomics posture analysis tools as a framework.

Faculty Supervisor:

Peter Keir


Colin McKinnon






Medical devices




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