Papers/Articles

**NEW** Forensics Professional Group (2014). Position Paper Supporting Human Factors and Ergonomics Practitioners in Forensics. Forensics Professional Group, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society: Santa Monica, CA.

This paper provides background information about the history and scientific bases for the human factors profession.
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Andrews, D. (2006). Handling Accident Investigation & Reconstruction. Transportation Practice Specialty Newsletter: TransActions, 6(1), p 1, 3-12. American Society of Safety Engineers. Electronic Document Provided to FPG by the Author.

Givelber, D. & Strickler, L. (2006). Junking Good Science: Undoing Daubert v Merill Dow Through Cross-Examination and Argument. (or see medline or AJPH) American Journal of Public Health, 96(1), 33-38. Washington.

  • (Partial) abstract: Tobacco lawyers sought to persuade jurors that “everybody knew” smoking was harmful but “nobody knows” what causes cancer … Despite judicial efforts to eliminate “junk science” from lawsuits, a well-financed defendant may succeed in persuading jurors of the epidemiological equivalent of the proposition that the earth is flat.

Hornick, R. (~2004). Human Factors as a Field. Expert Pages: Marin County, CA.

  • An on-line article written by long-time member Richard Hornick that includes identification of issues relevant to lawyers and potential forensics professionals.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2005). Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Code of Ethics. Author: Santa Monica, CA.

  • An electronic copy of the HFES Code of Ethics is available on the HFES website. A hard copy is also available at the end of the HFES Directory. Adopted October 14, 1989 / Amended 2005.

Kleeman, W. B. (1994). Seating Jurisprudence. Environmental Design TG, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, September: Santa Monica, CA.

  • A review of 5 cases involving chairs and injuries. From the Environmental Design Technical Group Newsletter, September 1994 by Walter B. Kleeman. Also available from the EDTG site as a zipped file.

Loimer, H. & Guarnieri, M. (1996). Accidents and acts of God: a history of the terms. American Journal of Public Health, 86(10), 101-107.

  • Reviews the history of the word “accident” and its use. “We maintain that without a clear definition, people substitute an image, which may be distorted or damaging.”

Nemire, K. (2004). The Forensics Human Factors Consultant. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting (CD ROM): Santa Monica, CA.

  • Presented at the 2004 HFES Annual meeting, this paper summarized the results of a FPG member survey of FPG members and set the tone for a panel at the conference. This panel summarized the results of the survey, presented information about selected issues based upon the panelists’ experience, and provided opportunities for members to discuss issues such as experience, degrees and certifications, areas of specialty, and rates, advertising and ethics. See the PDF file available on the 2004 HFES Proceedings CD (PDF to be made available on this site very soon).

Olsen, E. C. B., Ellsworth, O. T., Horst, D. P., Jahns, D. W., Thompson, D. A., Olsen, R. A., Ziedman, K. (1995, May). Human Factors in Litigation (panel). Proceedings of the Silicon Valley Ergonomic Institute’s 1st Annual Conference (ErgoCon ’95), San José, CA: San José State University.