RESEARCH ARTICLE


Foot Controls: Riding the Pedal



Ralph L. Barnett*
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and Chairman of the Board, Triodyne Inc., Northbrook, IL, USA.


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and Chairman of the Board, Triodyne Inc., Northbrook, IL, USA; E-mail: rbarnett@triodyne.com


Abstract

The two predominant scenarios for accidentally tripping a foot control are stepping into the foot control and onto the pedal, i.e., “stepping contact;” and keeping one foot on or just above the pedal at all times, i.e., “riding the pedal.” This study shows that the various designs used to minimize “stepping contact” exacerbate inadvertent activation by “riding the pedal.”