Introduction

Earth moving involves the processing of natural materials forming the surface of the earth, usually with complex forms of heavy machinery. Examples of earth moving equipment include backhoes, graders, bulldozers, dragline excavators and dump trucks. The purposes of earth moving are varied, including the building of roads, railway lines, dams, canals and trenches. Due to the inherent dangers around use of such machinery, ergonomists are often required to assess safety and efficiency concerns.

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Expertise in Action

Ergonomic experts specialising in earth moving are usually required to give opinion in cases of injury alleged to have been caused by negligent operation or manufacture of earth moving equipment. They may be required to assess machinery itself, accident sites or the procedures surrounding operation of equipment put in place by employers.

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Relevant Articles Ergonomic Risk Factors: A study of heavy earthmoving machinery operators

This study evaluated: 1) vibration at the seat/operator interface; 2) transmissibility of vibration in the Z-axis; 3) psychophysical ratings of vibration level and vibration discomfort; and 4) postural requirements of the job.

Whole-body vibration and postural stress among operators of construction equipment: A literature review

This review evaluated selected papers that have studied exposure to whole-body vibration and awkward posture among operators of mobile equipment.

Field evaluation of a continuous passive lumbar motion system among operators of earthmoving equipment

This study indicated that providing an intervention that promotes dynamic changes and improving lumbar curvature during prolonged static sitting in a whole body vibration environment may have a positive effect by reducing the development rate of low back discomfort.

Relevant Cases Worldon v Schofield & Ors [2014] NSWDC 11

Plaintiff alleged injury due to the defendant employer’s negligent instruction in using earthmoving equipment. An expert ergonomist was relied upon by the plaintiff.

Kelly v Humanis Group Limited [2-14] WADC 43

An ergonomic expert gave evidence in a case where a plaintiff alleged negligence when an employee dropped a fully loaded excavator bucket onto a dump truck he was in, causing it to shake violently, injuring his back and neck.

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Profiles of Experts in Ergonomics - Earth moving / earth moving equipment

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  • #ID1824

Biomechanics and Injury Investigation

ID1824 has 20+ years of experience working in the areas of biomechanics and injury investigation. He also has extensive experience in providing expert witness services in a wide range of cases.


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