Effects of training to implement new tools and working methods to reduce knee load in floor layers

Appl Ergon. 2007 Sep;38(5):655-65. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2006.03.008. Epub 2006 Nov 14.


The purpose was to measure the effect of a participatory ergonomics implementation strategy consisting of information, education, and facilitation on the use of new tools and working methods in the floor laying trade. Floor layers (n=292) were trained in using new working methods. The effects were evaluated by using questionnaires, interviews, and assessments of quality and productivity. Following the training, 43% had used the new working methods weekly/daily compared to 11% before. There was a reduction in the degree of self-reported pain in the knees among the floor layers using the new working methods weekly or daily compared to those using them never or occasionally. The musculoskeletal complaints did not increase from any other region and the quality and the productivity of the work were not decreased. This indicates that within a 3-months perspective the implementation strategy succeeded.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Denmark
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Ergonomics
  • Floors and Floorcoverings*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching*
  • Weight-Bearing*