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This week’s Articulate Community challenge was to think outside the box regarding ergonomics and share an e-learning example for ergonomics training. Ergonomics, the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment, is most commonly associated with office environments. But, in fact, ergonomics can be applied to all types of working environments and their associated activities.

I immediately knew I wanted to design an example for my husband’s work environment: the fire station. Recently, I’ve heard of several instances of firefighter injuries on the job – even one that led a 30-something firefighter to an early retirement who now has to find a new career. These injuries did not occur as a result of running into a burning building or extricating someone from a car. These injuries occurred from performing a seemingly innocuous task: exiting the fire truck. All it takes is one awkward movement to incur severe injury to your back, knees, and ankles.

The example I designed focuses more on education than interaction. Given the time, I would like to take a topic such as this and create a highly interactive course.

Warning: There are sirens…