Biomechanics is the application of mechanical engineering and physics to the human body to study the kinematics (movement and forces) and related injury mechanisms.
Our biomechanical experts have conducted investigations pertaining to the mechanism and causation of injury in the transportation, consumer product, industrial, construction, agricultural, marine, and recreational industries.
We have multiple state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and test equipment strategically located throughout the U.S. that allow us to evaluate and test anything from small scale to large scale environments.
Many of our projects involve analysis of the interaction of people with their environment and resulting injuries. Motor vehicle biomechanical investigations often include vehicle restraints, such as seat belts and airbags, rollovers, ejections, low-speed collisions, and child restraint systems (CRS). We have also conducted investigations related to worker’s compensation and product and premises liability, including slips, trips, and falls.
Our biomechanical experts routinely conduct specialized tests involving photographic and video analysis, simulations that include virtual crash testing with MADYMO, computer graphics, animations, national database searches that include NHTSA’s NASS, CIREN, and FARS databases, and literary research in the investigation and reconstruction of accidents.
The M.D. and R.N. we have on staff allow for assistance with research and analysis of medical records beyond the expertise of biomechanical engineers.
We also frequently utilize volunteer testing and surrogate studies augmented with anthropomorphic test devices, including ATD or “crash test dummies," as the situations dictate.
Several of our personnel are involved in various industry standards committees and subcommittees, chairing some of those that most impact our industry. Our experts are also well published, and frequently present at various industry and trade organization functions.
Lifting and loading platforms are commonly used to move heavy equipment, materials, cargo, and/or people, and can be found in a wide variety of commercial, construction, industrial and manufacturing operations. These platforms are often purpose-built, hydraulically or electrically operated, and designed with a range of safety mechanisms, including fall protection systems. When a tanker truck driver fell from an elevated height and sustained injuries during a loading operation, ESI consultants Dennis B. Brickman, Erick H. Knox, Daniel H. Kruger, Rod A. Brewster and Joel A. Lueck were asked to investigate what happened and whether the fall occurred from the loading platform or the tanker truck.
Anand Shah, Dennis B. Brickman, Joseph Grzetic and Joseph Eganhouse embarked on an effort to determine common causes of failure in elastomeric resistance bands used in exercise programs.
ESI was well‐represented at the 28th Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference – a leading international forum for practitioners and researchers involved in the design and analysis of safe human work systems.
ESI's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.Find an Expert Contact Us