A detailed ergonomic assessment identifying the key risks to technicians (long term and short term) associated with ladder climbing in the offshore wind industry

Project Details


The primary aim of this study was to understand the ergonomics placed on Technicians during prolonged ladder climbing over the working day. The secondary aim of this study was to compare novice (NC) to experienced climbers (EC).

Key findings

This study investigated the ergonomics of three simulated 120 m vertical ladder ascents and differences between novice (NC) and experienced climbers (EC). Seven EC and 10 NC undertook three 120m climbs; comprising of four 30m climbs. Ascending 120m was reported as a high physical demand, supported by high peak HRs (~ 173b.min-1 across the three climbs) and VO2 (~ 3.1L.min-1 across the three climbs). Grip strength and endurance were significantly (p
Effective start/end date1/05/1730/11/17


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