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Falls from ladders are a leading cause of death among construction workers and may be caused by lost balance, lost hand grip, and missed/slipped footing. In the laboratory setting, equipment is available to translate surface markers into skeleton-based motion using computer programs to identify ergonomic stressors. Research goals were to study forces on hands and feet in order to predict them from video, to test the ability of the motion data tool to collect information during ladder climbing in a laboratory, to develop software capable of translating the data into available file formats to be used by existing biomechanical computer programs, and to develop a tool for use in the field.


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