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10 April 2006 PR 06/39

Reducing the risk of accidents in the home

Researchers at Loughborough University are hoping local residents will be able to help them in a new study aimed at reducing the number of accidents in the home.

More then 2.6 million accidents occur in the home each year in the UK and around 4,000 of these prove fatal. Home accidents include staircase falls, cuts, burns, poisoning and electrocution.

Sean Freeman, an Ergonomics student based in the University’s Department of Human Sciences, is conducting a final year project into how people’s behaviour and the design of their houses contributes to home accidents. The study will focus on people between the ages of 18 and 65 who have been involved – but not necessarily injured – in a home accident within the past 18 months.

Sean would like to interview respondents either at their home, over the phone or by another agreed arrangement. The interviews will be used to explore what types of behaviour contribute to home accidents, as well as how the design and layout of a house can play a part in such incidents.

The findings of the study will highlight the potential causes of home accidents, which can then be examined to discover ways of reducing the risk of them occurring.

Anyone interested in taking part in the study is asked to contact Sean by calling 07843 680036.

All information collected during the project will be treated in the strictest confidence and no individual will be identifiable from the research data.

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About Loughborough University: Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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