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Safety 2015, 1(1), 7-15;

Applying a Human-Centred Process to Re-Design Equipment and Work Environments

Monash Injury Research Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3800, Australia
Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK
Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
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Academic Editor: Raphael Grzebieta
Received: 12 February 2015 / Revised: 15 March 2015 / Accepted: 29 April 2015 / Published: 15 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers)
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Safe design is an increasingly influential approach due to a growing recognition of the contribution of design to workplace safety. It aims to eliminate workplace hazards by systematically involving end-users in the design or redesign process. In this review paper, the explicit and novel focus is upon redesign, rather than original design. The literature in the field is appraised and a human-centred safe redesign method is presented. The safe redesign method is a task-based, risk management approach that centres on end-users. In describing the method, indicative results from two domains are outlined: mining equipment and highway environments. Focusing on end-users and their tasks by means of a structured human-centred process can be highly beneficial. Further work to expand the human-centred safe redesign method is outlined. View Full-Text
Keywords: safe redesign; human-centred; industrial mobile equipment; safe highway design safe redesign; human-centred; industrial mobile equipment; safe highway design

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Horberry, T.; Burgess-Limerick, R. Applying a Human-Centred Process to Re-Design Equipment and Work Environments. Safety 2015, 1, 7-15.

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