How tech and intuitive design are changing physically-demanding workplaces

  • The technology that underpins the buildings we live and work in is changing.
  • Intuitive design that takes the strain off our bodies is also important. 



a tractor parked in the dirt: The Cat 950M Wheel Loaders have been fitted with joysticks instead of steering wheels.


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The Cat 950M Wheel Loaders have been fitted with joysticks instead of steering wheels.

From voice-activated televisions to monitoring devices that automate lighting in offices, the technology that underpins the buildings we live and work in is changing.

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This shift is also apparent in the way buildings are constructed and how industrial sites are run, with tweaks in design and new pieces of technology having a significant effect on day-to-day activities.

Ergonomics — also known as “human factors” — refers to how people interact with the systems around them, and is of increasing importance in all workplaces, including physically-demanding industries.

One example of a seemingly small change which has had a big impact can be found at a recycling

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