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The Staircase: Studies of Hazards, Falls and Safer Design.

Author: Templer, J.
Type: Book
Year: 1992


The illustrations show the dangers stairs present. This volume draws on twenty years of human factors research on stairs. Templer sets out to inform us about what is know about slips, trips and falls and and how best to design stairs to avoid their inherent dangers. He discusses the physiological and behavioural between humans and stairs and walkways, the question of gait and slippery surfaces and the various types of falls and the injuries that result. He also proposes the idea of the soft stair which could substancially reduce the annual epidemic of stair-related deaths and injuries.

Further Details

Pages: 200
Publish Location: Massachusetts
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Accession Number: 14.5.03
Keywords: safety improvement, stair, design, older
Reads: 188