Introduction

Experts in this field are human factor specialists who have focused their studies on how ergonomic factors affect the musculoskeletal system. Ergonomics relate to the effect of certain activities on the body, in this case, the effect that certain actions, such as standing for long periods, sitting on a poorly designed chair, or lifting something heavy might have. Musculoskeletal conditions resulting from poor ergonomics include any physical injury, but most commonly back and limb strains. Especially in physically demanding jobs, there is an ever-present risk of musculoskeletal damage, and workplaces require a rigorous assessment by a specialist to ensure that every element is conducive to a safe environment. Expertise in this area can apply to identifying factors that may cause a musculoskeletal disorder, diagnosing a pre-existing issue, suggesting management strategies (including ergonomic assistance at work such as a special chair), or to assistance with formulating a workers compensation claim.

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 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 musculoskeletal 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 an expert submission that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Experts in the ergonomics of loading be called upon to assist in cases relating to workplace policy, product design, injuries sustained due to improper ergonomics, and with diagnosis and management of injuries and disorders as well as many more.

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Relevant Articles Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Speaking generally on the intersection of ergonomics and musculoskeletal

United States Department of Labour

A helpful government resource listing types of musculoskeletal issues, guidelines to prevent them, and high risk activities.

Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) - Risk Factors

A resource on musculoskeletal risk factors relating to work.

Relevant Cases Abalos v Australian Postal Commission [1990] HCA 47; (1990) 171 CLR 167 (15 November 1990)

A case concerning an elbow injury sustained during the course of the worker’s duties whilst using a computer that was positioned badly.

Kuhl v Zurich Financial Services Australia Ltd [2011] HCA 11 (4 May 2011)

A case in which a worker was injured by a hose sucking his arm into its hole.

Waugh v Kippen [1986] HCA 12; (1986) 160 CLR 156 (20 March 1986)

A case concerning the re-injury of a worker with a pre-existing musculoskeletal injury.

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A sample of our experts in Ergonomics - Musculoskeletal disorders

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