The Ergonomics of Hand Planting Reforestation Work

Reforestation work is vital to the health of America's forests and the U.S. economy. Hand planting, a common reforestation practice, provides unique challenges to safety and health practitioners interested in reducing occupational injuries and illnesses. This webinar will share lessons learned from a team of investigators studying occupational exposures to physical risk factors among hand planters in the Southeastern United States.
At the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of 
  1. What hand planting work involves
  2. The challenges associated with collecting exposure information within the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry sector
  3. The importance of studying and preventing injuries and illnesses among reforestation workers.

Mark Schall, PhD, CPE

Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University

Mark Schall earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in December 2014 where he was a graduate fellow of the Heartland Education and Research Center and the Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence. His primary research interests are in applying direct measurement technologies to assess exposure to physical risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders and developing ergonomic interventions that reduce the incidence of adverse health conditions among working people.

Robert Granzow, MS, AEP

Robert F. Granzow, MS, AEP is a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Auburn University. He is a student in the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety (a NIOSH Education and Research Center) Occupational Ergonomics and Safety program.

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