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Doctor of Education (EdD)

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Jeffrey Hamilton


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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