A pilot study of law ernforcement officer (LEO) anthropometry with applications to vehicle design for safety and accommodation

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dc.contributor.author Jones, Monica L.H. en_US
dc.contributor.author Ebert. Sheila M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Reed, Matthew P. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-09T21:17:02Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2015-12-09T21:17:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06
dc.identifier 103221 en_US
dc.identifier.other UMTRI-2015-21 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/116202
dc.description.abstract Law enforcement officers (LEO) are at relatively high risk of back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. The risk is exacerbated by the poor accommodation provided by their vehicles, which are usually modified civilian vehicles. LEO are also involved in vehicle crashes at a higher rate than most other occupations, yet officers report difficulty in wearing a safety belt due to interference with their body-borne equipment. To begin to address these issues, a pilot study was conducted to demonstrate the application of three-dimensional anthropometric techniques to quantifying the influence of body-borne gear on space claim and posture in vehicles. The results demonstrated that three exemplar vehicles accommodated the officers poorly due to interference between the seat or other vehicle features and the body-borne gear. Belt fit was also adversely affected, and vehicle modifications and additions, such as the now-common center-mounted laptop computer, create awkward postures for driving, in-vehicle work, and ingress and egress. A large-scale, population-based study aimed at developing seat and vehicle design guidelines using three-dimensional anthropometric techniques is needed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Anthrotech, Inc. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Transportation Research Institute en_US
dc.subject.other Vehicle design en_US
dc.subject.other Law enforcement personnel en_US
dc.subject.other Anthropometry en_US
dc.subject.other Vehicle occupants en_US
dc.subject.other Musculoskeletal system en_US
dc.subject.other Seat belts en_US
dc.title A pilot study of law ernforcement officer (LEO) anthropometry with applications to vehicle design for safety and accommodation en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Transportation
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Engineering
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/116202/1/103221.pdf
dc.description.filedescription Description of 103221.pdf : Final report
dc.owningcollname Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
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