is Human Factors?
The discipline of human factors is a marriage of the principles,
utilized in engineering and. psychology that acknowledge the premise
that ''things' do not exist in a vacuum they are invented by used by
and oft times surrounded by people. With that in mind, there rules,
laws, standards that govern a human's safe interaction in the world.
Human factors as a science allows us to determine what is reasonable
performance, and reaction, in relation to:
Human factors fundamentals cover:
& workplace design
health & safety
How will I know if
Human Factors is right for a case?
Usually, a brief explanation of the case, followed by a few simple
questions can establish the necessity, or added value, of a human
factors specialist to your team.
Our staff of multi disciplined research and engineering associates
brings an exceptional experience base from which to draw. This
expertise is applied to analyze and evaluate each client's unique
situation, determine the applicable boundary conditions, then provide
meaningful and responsible information
A Case History
A user of a circular table saw accidentally cut a finger off while
ripping a piece of wood. He was using do saw without the blade guard in
place. He sued the manufacturer of the saw, claiming that the guard
inhibited his activities. His attorney solicited a report from a
licensed engineer. The engineer verified that sawdust inhibited
visibility, at the point of blade to since it collected inside the
blade guard. He also recommended that a Human Factors Engineer review
Our investigation involved conducting a task analysis of activities a person performs with a table saw, and a review of the owner's manual instructions. We were able to demonstrate that the design of the guard did, indeed, inhibit task performance, and that the instructions did not resolve this user conflict. Mental and physical fatigue in using the saw therefore resulted in the user removing the guard. This investigation demonstrated significant exposure to the defendant such that the settlement went in behalf of the plaintiff.
Summary of Services
We offer human factors services to attorneys, insurance companies and
Human Factors Investigations
Data Base Searches