International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls – 2006
In August, the Research Institute hosted an International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls, which drew 80 academic, industry, and government representatives from seven different countries. The conference was the first major activity undertaken by the newly formed International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Technical Committee on Slips, Trips, and Falls and was sponsored by the IEA, the Ergonomics Society, and the Research Institute. The two-day event offered sessions that addressed five major topic areas: injury prevention, biomechanics, tribology, accident analysis, and perception. Within each session, selected speakers presented on a broad range of slips, trips, and falls research issues related to their respective areas of expertise. In conjunction with the conference, participating scientists produced 39 multidisciplinary scientific papers on slips, trips, and falls topics related to work, home, and leisure environments. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Ergonomics.