As a multidisciplinary scientific discipline, human factors incorporates the fields of psychology, engineering, neuroscience, and kinesiology to understand and explain how people interact with their environment, with products, within processes, and with each other.
When people are involved in incidents that result in injuries to themselves or others, or damage to property, it is important to have a clear understanding of how their actions may or may not have contributed. Incidents happen in residential, industrial, and public places, and they can involve issues related to warning labels and risk communications, driver and operator behaviors, and interactions with industrial or consumer products. What is constant across all scenarios is that people behave within cognitive and physical limitations, and the understanding of their behaviors within those limitations can determine how the incident happened and if it could have been prevented.
Explico’s human factors professionals have over 30 years of combined experience in performing human factors investigations nationally and regularly provide testimony for litigation matters and consulting for non-litigation matters.
Whether the product needs to be assessed for potential unreasonable risks such as fire, chemical exposure, electrical malfunction, or mechanical failure, our Human Factors team has over 20 years of combined experience on assessing these types of potential hazards.
No matter the type of activity or setting–from workplace, night gathering, to boating–our Human Factors scientists have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to evaluate workplace and tasks to assess potential risk factors and musculoskeletal injuries.
Whether the individual is operating a vehicle, truck, industrial equipment, or heavy machinery, our Human Factor scientists have the training and experience to help you assess environmental factors and behaviors as well as the reaction time in response to the hazard and decision making.
We can help you assess the visibility and conspicuity of pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles during day and night, as well as glare, and other potential factors that may affect the ability of an individual to perceive obstacles in their path.
There are many factors that may affect the ability of an individual to perceive and react to visual and auditory stimuli, and these factors can affect their decision making. Our scientists take all these factors into account on a per case basis so that they can be broken down and explained in simple terms.
Human factors testimony can help explain to the jury why two persons viewing the same incident recall the events differently. The locations of the witnesses, the vehicles involved, the surrounding vehicles and the lighting fixtures as well as the fact that each witness is recalling a traumatic event all affect what any given driver would have had available as stimulus. Those and other factors make each view unique and would not necessarily be relatable to another driver.
Our scientists have the training, knowledge, and tools needed to perform proper evaluations of slip, trip, and fall accidents, by taking into consideration the environmental conditions as well as the abilities, kinesthetic awareness, and perception of the individuals.