The Fatigue Failure Approach for Ergonomic Assessment: Research Updates

Auburn University, Deep South ERC

Presented By:  Sean Gallagher, PhD, CPE (Auburn University)

Webinar Details

During this webinar, learners will explore several lines of evidence that suggest fatigue failure of musculoskeletal tissues may be an important etiologic mechanism in the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). There are numerous important implications with respect to MSD risk assessment and how jobs should be designed to reduce MSD risk. Dr. Gallagher will demonstrate new MSD risk assessment tools based on fatigue failure theory, including the Lifting Fatigue Failure Tool (LiFFT), the Distal Upper Extremity Tool (DUET), and a new shoulder risk assessment tool (as yet unnamed). Future research needs in this area will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic principles of fatigue failure, and lines of evidence that suggest that MSDs may be the result of a fatigue failure process 

  • Describe at least three important implications regarding MSD risk assessment assuming MSDs are the result of a fatigue failure process

  • Demonstrate the use of MSD risk assessment tools based on fatigue failure principles

Dr. Sean Gallagher is currently the Hal N. and Peggy S. Pennington Associate Professor in Auburn University’s Department of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Gallagher has worked in the Ergonomics field for 35 years, starting with the U.S. Bureau of Mines (1984-1995), then the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (1995-2011), and now Auburn University (2012-present). He is a Fellow of both the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dr. Gallagher is a two-time winner of the International Ergonomics Association/Liberty Mutual Medal in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. 

Special Thanks to Our ERC Partners at the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety:

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