A Forensic HF/E Analysis of a Trip and Fall Injury Event Involving a Wheel Stop in a Parking Lot

  • M. S. WogalterEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 821)


Built (constructed) environments should have level surfaces to promote mobility and avoid injuries from trips and falls. Wheel stops (usually long concrete slabs with bolts to hold them in place) are sometimes placed in parking lots to limit and control how drivers position their vehicle in designated spaces. However, they present potential problems for pedestrians traversing through the area due to obstructed views and visual attention directed elsewhere. A forensic human factors and ergonomics (HFE) analysis of a specific scenario derived from a legal case is described. Issues and potential solutions are discussed.


Wheel stop Parking lot Trip and fall Forensic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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