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Reconstructing and Evaluating a Workplace Fatality Using Human Motion Capture
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published June 17, 2008 by SAE International in United States
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This Case Study documents our company's efforts to demystify a baffling on-the-job fatality. A central part of the solution was Human Motion Capture. Our company was hired to find out what occurred when a railroad worker was fatally injured by a moving train while dismounting his own locomotive. Human Motion Capture was used in combination with aerial photography, nighttime videography, computer graphics, witness testimony and actual railroad equipment to produce a visualization video. The resulting visualization assisted all parties in understanding how this workplace fatality happened. This understanding led to an out-of-court settlement. Human Motion Capture enabled a scientifically accurate reenactment of the accident using actual equipment without producing a second fatality. This paper could aid anyone analyzing a serious workplace injury, either for reconstruction or worker safety training purposes.
CitationFay, R. and Fay, P., "Reconstructing and Evaluating a Workplace Fatality Using Human Motion Capture," SAE Technical Paper 2008-01-1925, 2008, https://doi.org/10.4271/2008-01-1925.
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