Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Jeffrey Hamilton

Abstract

The implementation of an injury prevention program in the industrial and supply chain setting provides a great challenge within the emerging world of ergonomics and human factors engineering with limited peer-reviewed resources to guide organizational leadership. Building a program that focuses on education, individualistic behavior, and ergonomic engineering has the implications for reducing reported work-related injuries and work-related workers compensation cases and increasing overall workplace production. As provided in the case for ACME (pseudonym), work-related injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders were focused on to improve the overall health and well-being of warehouse workers. Concentrating on education and process improvement, with emphasis on injury prevention, led to an overall 51% reduction of injuries reported, while maintaining a 55% increase in overall production capabilities. Not only did the organization see a substantial drop in injuries reported, but the organization also noted a conservative estimate of an 821% return on investment, justifying to all organizational leaders the impact ergonomics and human factors engineering can have.

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