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Afterword: Ergonomics and Human Factors Research and Practice: Lessons Learned from Professor John R. Wilson

by Sarah Sharples (@scsharples) (Abridged version) I was lucky enough to be taught and mentored by, and become a colleague of, an inspirational ergonomist, Professor John Wilson. John’s work, writings, thoughts, and occasional rants informed the thinking of the editors of … Continue reading

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Chapter 29: Engaging Participants in Human Factors and Ergonomics

by David M. Antle and Linda L. Miller Practitioner summary Human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) has a tradition of working with stakeholders and end-users within a participatory approach. Employee/end-user engagement allows for better comprehension of specific nuances and intricate details of … Continue reading

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Chapter 26: Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Construction and Demolition Industry: A Dynamic and Diverse Environment

by Daniel Hummerdal and Stuart Shirreff Practitioner summary This chapter outlines dimensions that may be relatively unique to the construction and demolition industries. Each aspect provides a challenge and an opportunity where HF/E practitioners can make a difference in these … Continue reading

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Chapter 18: Human Factors and Ergonomics Practice in the Nuclear Industry: Helping to Deliver Safety in a High-Hazard Industry

by Clare Pollard Practitioner summary The application of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) in the nuclear industry provides practitioners with opportunities to design systems and processes, whilst ensuring the safety of workers and the public. There are multiple features that make the … Continue reading

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Chapter 11: Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods in Practice: The Right Tool for the Right Job

by Matthew Trigg and Richard Scaife Practitioner summary Tool selection in human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) is very important, but the right knowledge of the person using the outputs from the tool is critical for success. Understanding the client’s need requires … Continue reading

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Chapter 10: The Challenges of Practice-Oriented Research

by Claire Williams and Paul M. Salmon Practitioner summary Practice-oriented research looks to produce knowledge that practitioners and others can do something with, rather than simply to further describe a problem. However, using research to generate instrumental knowledge is challenging; … Continue reading

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Chapter 4: The Nitty-Gritty of Human Factors

by Erik Hollnagel Practitioner summary Human factors (engineering) started as a solution to a practical problem, namely the challenges to human capabilities that came from uncontrolled technological developments. The practice of human factors was from the beginning justified by various theories … Continue reading

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Chapter 3: ‘Ergonomics and Ergonomists’: Lessons for Human Factors and Ergonomics Practice from the Past and Present

by Patrick Waterson Practitioner summary This chapter provides some reflection on the development of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) over time and examines the various conceptions of HF/E that have emerged in terms of its status as ‘science’ and ‘practice’. The … Continue reading

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