McDERMOTT, H.J., HASLAM, R.A. and GIBB, A.G., 2007. Reducing the potential for injury in the home. How can Ergonomics help? IN: Bust, P.D. (ed.). Contemporary Ergonomics 2007: Proceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics 2007. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 311-316.
Within the UK we are experiencing a massive housing development
programme with a commitment from government to increase the number of
completed dwellings by 25% annually. Improving the design quality of new
housing is a national priority and the research reported here aimed to verify
how dwelling design interacts with human behaviour and how alternative
design of new dwellings may reduce the potential for accidental injury
within the home. Unsolicited questionnaires were delivered to a large
number of new properties across the UK. Occupiers reported a number of
problems with design features which had led to dissatisfaction and in some
cases occupier modification. These findings support and validate previous
work and reinforce how ergonomics principles in dwelling design may
complement other strategies to improve occupier wellbeing and satisfaction.
This conference paper was presented at the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics, Nottingham, UK, 17th-19th April 2007. The conference proceedings are available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/