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Human Factors is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interaction between humans and products, equipment, facilities, procedures, and the environments in which they are used in work and everyday living. The field is a blend of engineering, psychology, anatomy, physiology, and several other complementary disciplines.  It takes information regarding human capabilities, limitations, behaviors, and cognitive/sensory phenomena and applies it to the analysis, design, and use of products, equipment, built structures, and environments to maximize both safety and productivity.

Unlike traditional engineering disciplines in which the focus is almost exclusively on the machine component, Human Factors focuses primarily on the human element of the human-machine-environment system, and how the operator’s interaction with machinery of all types must influence its design and implementation, as well as how this human-machine interaction influences the performance and safety of users in real-world situations.

Traditional engineering builds products for users, but the knowledge base of the most engineers is almost exclusively focused on the machine itself, and not on either the individuals who will be employing it or the environment in which it will be used. Human factors employs scientific data regarding the capabilities, limitations and behaviors of the user in real-world environments to the design and analysis of machinery in order to magnify the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of the end product.

Virtually all accidents involve human factors issues of some type. Packer Engineering Group has some of the most skilled and highly-educated human factors experts in the industry. We provide consulting and expert services for litigation, risk assessment, insurance investigations, consumer product design, and industrial safety. Our staff employs a multi-disciplinary approach, blending theories and techniques from the biological, behavioral, and engineering sciences. In the investigation of accidents, our staff uses their in-depth knowledge of user sensory, physical, and cognitive capabilities to analyze and interpret how and why an accident occurred, as well as how (or even if) they might have potentially been prevented.