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Risk analysis for operating active wheelchairs in non-urban settings

Maciej Sydor 1  ,  
 
1
Poznań University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Wood Technology, Poznań, Poland
2
Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine I, Department of Physiology, Poznań, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med 2017;24(3):532–536
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ABSTRACT:
Introduction:
A wheelchair is a special vehicle designed specifically for people with walking limitations. One of the types is an active wheelchair. This is a manually propelled wheelchair, the design and structure of which maximise the mobility of its given user at the expense of accepted instability.

Objective:
The aim of this study was to identify and present a hierarchy of potential incidents causing a health hazard and reducing the mobility of individuals with ambulatory disability who use active wheelchairs in non-urban settings.

Material and Methods:
Information about incidents connected with wheelchair use was collected from interviews with disabled individuals, based on a questionnaire. Recorded data were analysed using the Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA).

Results:
The results comprise a list of hazards for wheelchair user with ascribed priority numbers metrising their significance.

Conclusions:
An ordered list of hazards connected with wheelchair operation situations is useful when designing active wheelchairs and when learning the technique of wheelchair riding.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Maciej Sydor   
Poznań University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Wood Technology, Poznań, Poland
 
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