Height of handrail plays pivotal role in reducing injuries

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Using 3D motion capture and a robotic platform, researchers were able to identify an ideal height range of a handrail to help prevent falls in adults.

The often-overlooked handrail is getting a scientific double-take after collaborative research from the UBC Okanagan School of Engineering and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute demonstrates how essential handrails are for fall prevention.

And how height makes all the difference.

New research, led by UBCO Assistant Professor Dr. Vicki Komisar and her colleague Dr. Alison Novak from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is helping to develop WorkSafe BC guidelines within the organization’s recently released Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention Manual.

Nearly 40 per cent of older adults experience falls every year. Handrails, says Dr. Komisar, are an important tool in recovering balance to avoid a bad landing.

Read the full story here: UBC Okanagan News