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Adopting incorrect positions is the main cause of falls from scaffolding and ladders

06.06.2008
Adopting incorrect positions is the main cause of work accidents produced by falling from platforms and ladders, and is also related to workers’ lack of knowledge of regulations, according to a study prepared by researchers from the University of Vigo (Pontevedra) and published in the online version of the magazine Science Safety.

One of the authors of the study, Teresa Rivas, from the Mining Engineering School at this university explained to SINC that job duration is also related to adopting bad positions and lack of knowledge of regulations, as a result of which shorter tasks are associated with more falls and less well-trained workers. On the other hand, workers that carry out longer tasks are better prepared for dangerous situations.

To carry out this study, authors surveyed almost 400 workers from 103 companies from industry, construction and the services sector while performing their tasks at height. Bayesian networks, one of the so called “automatic learning” statistical techniques enabling graphic expression of relations of dependence between variables, as well as making estimates in probalistic terms of the influence of each variable and its interaction in the type of fall, were used to analyse researchers’ data.

In previous work these scientists have already analysed the capacity of predicting and interpreting different automatic learning techniques and concluded that Bayesian networks, apart from having a comparable predictive capacity to other statistical methods, “have an excellent interpretative capacity”. Rivas points out that Bayesian networks can be improved with new data, as a result of which they are a very useful tool for identifying causes of accidents and establishing the bases of understanding for a “solidly based” prevention policy.

José María Matías, mathematician from the Department of Statistics at the University of Vigo who also participated in the study, says that these types of techniques can be used for analysing causes “because there is continuous data on victims of work accidents, but beyond just the numbers what we need to look for is how to avoid such accidents, and this is where these methodological contributions play an important role”.

The researcher Rivas concluded that knowing the dependence relationship between the causes of the accident offers experts useful information for improving health and safety at work management models.

Referencias bibliográficas:
J.E. Martín, T. Rivas, J.M. Matías, J. Taboada y A. Argüelles. A Bayesian network analysis of workplace accidents caused by falls from a height. Science Safety. (2008); doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2008.03.004

J. M. Matías, T. Rivas, J. E. Martín, J. Taboada. A machine learning methodology for the analysis of workplace accidents. International Journal of Computer Mathematics (85):3-4, 559 – 578 Marzo-Abril 2008

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