Experts in this field are human factor specialists who have focused their studies on how people interact with the equipment and the movements required to load and unload trucks, other forms of transport, and freight. Ergonomics relate to the effect of certain activities on the body, in this case, the effect that the motions required to complete these tasks and the operation of the needed equipment might have on someone. Types of unloading may include manual loading, by hand, or mechanical loading using machinery such as a forklift or crane. It is easy for employees to be injured or subjected to discomfort during these actions and as they are complex movements involving extremely heavy and large objects and they require a rigorous assessment by a specialist of ergonomics to ensure that every element is conducive to a safe environment.

Some of the consequences of poor ergonomics whilst loading and unloading can be disastrous – everything from severe injury to loss of stock and therefore financial loss. Ergonomics expertise in this area is usually sought to promote the well-being of employees, 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 are WH&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 loading and unloading ergonomics 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 loading may be called upon to assist in cases relating to workplace policy, product design, fiscal loss due to damage of stock, and injuries sustained due to improper ergonomics.

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.


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
Relevant Articles Vehicle Loading and Unloading: Keeping Your Workers Safe

Guidelines to safely load and unload vehicles.

How to Load and Unload Cargo Safely

An article detailing best practices when it comes to cargo loading.

Safe unloading and loading of trucks for bulky goods retailers

A helpful facet sheet pertaining especially to companies handling bulky goods.

Relevant Cases Robert Darcy Coombs v Patrick Stevedores Holdings Pty Ltd [2004] NSWIRComm 77 (2 April 2004)

A case detailing injuries sustained by workers whilst operating straddle cranes.

Toll (FGCT) Pty Ltd v Alphapharm Pty Ltd [2004] HCA 52; 219 CLR 165; 79 ALJR 129; 211 ALR 342 (11 November 2004)

A case which briefly discusses the conditions during which a product was loaded for transport, and how that may have added to it’s eventual damage.

Crimmins v Stevedoring Committee [1999] HCA 59; 200 CLR 1; 167 ALR 1; 74 ALJR 1 (10 November 1999)

A case relating to the conditions under which workers loaded and unloaded asbestos, including conditions which exposed them to asbestos dust.

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A sample of our experts in Ergonomics - Loading / unloading trucks, transport, freight

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field. Please contact our office to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget. Expert Experts are experts in finding the right expert for your needs and you pay no more to use Expert Experts than if you searched and found the expert yourself.

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