FireFight was a project I did which involved ergonomic analysis of various tools that firefighters use, specifically checking how improper use of tools may result in injuries on the job. We looked at three firefighting tools: the axe, the ladder, and the pike-pole.

hose pole

Working with SPSS ergonomic software
Working with SPSS ergonomic software

I first started by talking with firefighters at a local fire station in order to understand physical strain that they undergo while using these tools. While I was not able use live motion capture, I was able to capture their movements by using a camera with a decent shutter speed. I then modeled their movements in SPSS ergonomic software, to see what parts of their body were under stress with these motions.

Upon completion of this, I analyzed this data and formulated a possible solution for ergonomically improved tools and postures. The data was later included in a literature review and has been submitted to the Ergonomics in Design magazine for further revision.

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