David Tappin

Doctor of Philosophy, (Organisational Studies and Ergonomics)
Study Completed: 2009
College of Business


Thesis Title
Investigating musculoskeletal disorders in New Zealand meat processing using an industry-level participative ergonomics approach

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Mr Tappin examined musculoskeletal disorders in the New Zealand meat processing industry with the aim of identifying risk factors and interventions. A participative approach, involving industry stakeholders, was used to help develop the interventions and to increase industry acceptance of findings. Mr Tappin found previously unidentified organisational, cultural, and social factors that create conditions under which physical and psychosocial risk factors more commonly associated with musculoskeletal disorders can occur. His research also identified many industry-derived interventions which were subsequently developed by the industry stakeholders before being distributed and promoted in the industry

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