Ergonomics Study of Ground Positions At the University of California
At the University of California, grounds employees play a critical role in maintaining the landscape and hardscape throughout each location. To perform these job functions, workers are exposed to risk factors such as repetitive motion, strain and awkward postures. During fiscal years 2009-2014, musculoskeletal injuries involving grounds staff accounted for 246 workers’ compensation claims, with an actuarial estimated ultimate direct cost of $1,968,328 (loss data was valued as of June 30, 2014).
At the request of University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) Risk Services, the UC Ergonomics Work Group conducted a study of the grounds staff to identify the top five areas of musculoskeletal risk and develop strategies to address these issues. A project team comprised of five ergonomists from various UC locations was formed.