Contruction Health and Safety at Loughborough



Ageing suits for construction workers 



Overview: At the inception of the project, the Construction industry was experiencing a significant skills shortage which could be addressed, in part by developing mechanisms to retain skilled, older workers. The focus of this project is to use wearable simulations to increase awareness of mismatches between older workers and their working practices thereby improving the long-term health of workers in the industry.

Objectives: The simulations can improve the health of older workers and drive changes in work practices, tools and equipment thereby enhancing older worker contribution within the workforce in the following ways:

Main features of project: The key feature of this project is its level of innovation compared to our earlier projects. This project builds upon previous considerations of ageing and disability to consider work-related disorders and seeks to develop simulations of differing levels of severity which are objectively verifiable.

Outputs: A scientifically-proven collection of related prototype wearable simulations which can be used as basis for interactive training within the industry is the key output from the project.

Funding body: The Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) which is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Partners: Collaboration between the Civil and Building Engineering Department and the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Loughborough University.

Timeframe: August 2007 to July 2010.

Main contacts

Sharon Cook
Applied Ergonomics Centre
Garendon Building
Room FG
Holywell Park
LE11 3TU

t: +44 1509 22 6900
f: +44 1509 22 6960

Construction contacts:
+44 (0)1509 223097

IMCRC website