Heart of America ASSP Workshop

  • April 16, 2021
    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Topic Evidence-Based Analysis of Musculoskeletal Injuries: A Forensic Approach 

This 3-hour Workshop will discuss the scope of ergonomics and review traditional definitions of ergonomic risk factors and some of the misconceptions around the development of musculoskeletal disorders. After discussing traditional definitions of ergonomic risk factors, a more current and evidence-based approach to defining ergonomic risk factors and the development of musculoskeletal injuries will be presented. Epidemiological research, American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines as well as ISO, ANSI and EU Standards will be discussed and referenced. Ergonomic risks and the development of musculoskeletal injury will be discussed in the context of a variety of manufacturing environments as well and traditional office and home office settings. The evidence-based approach will then be applied to forensic analysis and accepting and/or denying potential claims.


  • The scope of the field of ergonomics and human factors
  • Overview of traditional ergonomic risk factors
  • Evidence-based ergonomic risk analysis
  • Example reports for determining work relatedness of injuries
  • Ergonomic risk as it relates to industrial and office environments

Trainer Mark Heidebrecht, MSE, ACSM-EP, CPE/CHFP

Mark is the owner of ErgoMethods and is a managing partner of Ergonomics International. He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas for his research and thesis, The Kinetic Analysis of Lifting and Lowering Utilizing Chaffin’s Biomechanical Model. He has provided forensic and expert witness services in the areas of biomechanics, human factors, ergonomics and work physiology. He has testified in over 75 State Court and United States Federal Court cases as an expert witness and presented testimony at the Federal OSHA hearing regarding the National Ergonomic Standard. Mr. Heidebrecht is certified by the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists as a Certified Ergonomist / Human Factors Professional and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Board Certified Exercise Physiologist. He has over 25 years of experience working in the fields of ergonomics, biomechanics, human factors and work physiology and has been a trained WorkHab FCE provider since 1997.

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