Experts in this field are human factor specialists who have focused their studies on how the body is affected by lifting and exertion. Ergonomics relate to the effect of certain activities on the body, in this case, an example being lifting heavy objects, or repeating a motion to the point of energy depletion. Awareness of best ergonomic practices is especially relevant when it comes to lifting – 24% of all workplace injuries result from a strain or sprain as a result of poor lifting practices (Workplace Injury Statistics Show Safe Lifting Still Not Heeded, Marchini, 2018). Exertion is a similarly important consideration, as many of these injuries are a result of a repetitive and exhausting movement, use of which will eventually result in poorer and poorer form, eventually leading to in injury.
Ergonomics expertise in this area is usually sought to promote the well-being of employees especially, and to ensure safe practices are being promoted and enforced. Protecting employees in this way both safeguards their personal health and the interests of the employer, protecting them from legal action. Without this awareness, employees can suffer injuries precluding them from work for short or long term stretches, sometimes permanently.
Experts in this area come from many professional backgrounds. Some will be trained ergonomists, some OH&S experts, occupational therapists, human factor experts specialising in systems of work, or even engineers focused on safe work environments. They may also come from a medical background, from physiotherapists and chiropractors to doctors specialising in limb or spine injuries. The specific specialisation and background needed in your lifting and exertion expert will be determined by the matter which requires examination.
At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.
Expertise in Action
Experts in the ergonomics of lifting and exertion can be called upon to assist in cases relating to workplace policy, an injury sustained through those motions or management of an injury, best practice advice, an ongoing condition, or workers compensation amongst many others.
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The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype