Changing the World
Injuries within the workplace can have a major impact on not only the person injured, but the company, as well as the broader industry in which that worker is employed. The goal of the Consortium for Advanced Research in General Industries (CARGI) is to understand how and why those injuries occur, and what can be changed to prevent them. Ultimately, through improved technology and tools, as well as training and education, the work that members of CARGI do will change industry standards and save lives.
CARGI’s role at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is focused on human performance assessment. Founded by Dr. Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, CARGI takes an in-depth look at why workplace injuries occur, how they can be prevented, as well as to improve ergonomics, safety, productivity, and quality. Through state-of-the-art research, as well as new product development and testing, researchers in CARGI not only find and create solutions to workplace injuries but also set industry standards and provide education, training, outreach, and service to those within the industry. CARGI is made up of member companies representing gas utilities, ancillary organizations, suppliers, and consultants.
Extensive research and studies done by CARGI, including kneeling studies, and personal protective equipment testing, have helped to improve industry standards, in addition to addressing the source of the problem. The solutions to daily occupational hazards and hindrances are developed by CARGI and shared with the companies within the industries, allowing for a broad change in the way workplace injuries are handled. By offering training and education to those same companies, CARGI works to ensure that the workplace injuries they worked to prevent are a thing of the past.
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