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Sicking, Lois P.. 2003. Biomechanical Analysis of Grubbing Technique in the Use of Fire Handtools—A Synopsis. 0351 1204P. San Dimas, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center. 10 p.

Ergonomics is the study of how humans and machines work together best, thereby reducing the potential for injury, improving safety, and increasing productivity. In wildland firefighting, using ergonomic principles can prevent or minimize injuries to firefighters, enhance safety, and increase the amount of fireline. Using such principles can reduce firefighter compensation claims, increase employee retention, provide for a higher percentage of skilled firefighters, improve employee morale, and establish a safer, more productive workforce. This report summarizes findings from studies completed by the San Dimas Technology & Development Center regarding ergonomics of firefighting.

Keywords: ergonomics, SDTDC, wildland firefighting

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