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Digging Beneath the Surface: How Human Factors
Expertise Can Help Your Personal Injury and Products Liability Case
Seminar begins with an in-depth human factors analysis of a case involving
a man who was killed as he walked under a roller coaster. Then the
seminar reviews a wide range of personal injury and products liability
cases to illustrate how human factors analyses can aid these types
of cases, including trip/slip/falls, medical products, facilities
warnings, construction equipment, and manufacturing equipment.
Selecting a Human Factors Expert
Human factors is a multidisciplinary science.
Using case examples, this seminar will explain how the wide range of human
factors expertise is applicable to litigation involving personal injury and
Human Factors of Falls
Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental death.
The act of perceiving, understanding, and avoiding a fall hazard is a complex
process. This seminar will describe scientific research on human capabilities
and limitations, such as visual perception, attention and expectation, biomechanics,
and typical patterns of gaze and locomotion, that are important for understanding
the causes of falls.
Human Factors of Slips and Slip-Resistance
Did the pedestrian slip because
the hazard was hard to see or because she was not paying attention? This seminar
will focus on human factors issues relevant for most slip-and-falls, such
as visual perception, attention and expectation, typical patterns of gaze
and locomotion, biomechanics, and slip resistance, as well as provide a demonstration
of how we measure the slipperiness of a surface.
Human Factors of Driver Performance and Behavior
Many research studies suggest that human error causes over 70% of vehicle
accidents. This seminar will describe scientific research on human capabilities
and limitations, such as night vision and reaction time, which are important
for understanding causation in these injury incidents.
Visibility and Conspicuity
Many injury incidents involve questions about visual
capabilities: Should the pedestrian have seen the steps? Why didnít the driver
see the pedestrian? Should the consumer have seen the warning? This seminar
will describe scientific research on vision and the factors involved in visual
perception that are critical in many accident and personal injury cases.
Human Factors in the Workplace
Most of our workplace activities, such as walking,
climbing stairs, using a computer, operating machinery, and driving, require
us to see features of our environment, recognize them as being relevant to
our activity or not, and then to act upon those perceptions. Understanding
how this process occurs is critical for understanding many workplace accidents.
This seminar will use case examples from a variety of workplace injury incidents
to illustrate how the application of human factors science and expertise can
lead to understanding causes of injury incidents.
Human Factors of Warnings
Why do warnings fail? The act of perceiving, understanding, and complying
with a warning is complex. This seminar will describe scientific research
on the components of an effective warning and the factors that affect whether
people comply with warnings.
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