University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Industrial Hand Tool and Ergonomics Research Consortium

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Robert G. Radwin (Director)
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608/263-6596
Fax: 608/265-9239


THIS CONSORTIUM’S RESEARCH is concerned with ergonomic aspects of using, selecting and developing hand tools, workstations and equipment used in manufacturing and manual assembly. Guidelines are being developed for the safe and productive use of hand tools and hand-operated equipment in the workplace. A prime emphasis is investigating the causes and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. This is accomplished through understanding the biomechanics and physiology of work and through the use of biomechanical models, laboratory simulations and field studies. Participants include hand tool manufacturers and companies that use industrial tools in their operations.