Expert Witness Services

Ergonomics and Human Factors

Ergonomics is a diverse scientific discipline which covers many areas of work, sport and leisure.  IOM ergonomics consultants are professional ergonomists who specialise in cases relating to musculoskeletal disorders such as back problems and work-related upper limb disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow – as well as the non-specific ‘RSI’.

Based on a database of epidemiological and physiological evidence, IOM ergonomists will provide evidence-based expert opinion relating to likely causation.  In addition, drawing on many years of practical experience advising employers, our ergonomists will also address the statutory duties faced by employers, exploring issues such as risk assessments and practicable measures for risk reduction.

In addition to providing advisory services to employers, this expertise has also been provided to authoritative bodies such as the HSE, Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC), and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Expert witness expertise has been provided to both defenders and claimants alike.  For example, amongst cases which have reached the courts, IOM ergonomics expertise has successfully been used in defending a number of claims for carpal tunnel syndrome and, on other occasions, has also been an element in awards to claimants in excess of £100,000.