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Are you a star Forensic Engineer/Ergonomist with strong analytical, forensic and written communication abilities? If you’re a degree-qualified engineer with additional qualifications or relevant experience in ergonomics, human factors, biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, risk engineering or a related health science, we want to hear from you! Full details of the position below: Established in 1981, Dohrmann Consulting is an industry-leading safety and ergonomics consultancy based in Melbourne’s inner north.   We work with many well-known Australian organisations, providing them with the necessary insights and support to make their workplaces safe, comfortable and productive. Known for our courteous attention to clients and prompt attention to requests, we enjoy a strong reputation for the expert quality of our ergonomics and safety advice and for the innovative solutions we devise to our clients’ safety and ergonomics problems. We now invite another Forensic engineer to join our growing team.  The successful candidate will be a degree-qualified engineer and will also ideally have additional qualifications in one of either ergonomics, human factors, biomedical engineering, biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, risk engineering or a related health science.  Relevant work experience in one of the foregoing fields in lieu of formal qualifications may also be acceptable; the engineering qualification, however, remains essential in any case. Joining a team of six other consultants, you will primarily apply your strong forensic, analytical and written communication abilities to the investigation of incidents usually associated with personal injuries.   Most of these investigations will involve consideration of situations where either strain injury (manual handling & overuse/RSI), plant (fixed and mobile) and machinery, slips, trips and falls or product failures have occurred, and require an analysis of the interactions between person and environment. Occasionally you will provide court testimony on your opinions as expressed in your written reports. Reporting to the Managing Director, your investigations will typically require you to:
  • interview parties involved in personal injury claims (including employees, employers and related parties, as appropriate);
  • inspect incident sites (occasional regional and brief interstate travel will be required);
  • critically examine products and equipment;
  • undertake or commission engineering tests where appropriate;
  • analyse documents, material and other source information associated with the incidents;
  • identify information gaps, and conduct appropriate inquiries;
  • unravel how and why an incident or injury occurred;
  • identify applicable safety standards and guidance;
  • assess liability: whose fault was it?   Why?
  • express your findings and expert opinion clearly, accurately and succinctly in report form;
  • liaise effectively throughout with solicitor clients; and,
  • occasionally give oral evidence in court.
Secondly, you will also occasionally undertake safety consulting assignments.  These range from workplace inspections, product or equipment evaluations through to assistance with the design of new products.   Please see our website at www.ergonomics.com.au for more detail on the breadth of projects we undertake. The successful candidate will have at least five years of relevant experience.  Other essential attributes include:
  • fluent written and spoken communication skills;
  • a track record of investigating system or product failures;
  • a working knowledge of human capabilities, limits and abilities;
  • a demonstrated understanding of accident causation;
  • a systematic, lateral-thinking attitude; and,
  • an openness to teamwork and peer review.
You will be able to recount times where you have successfully investigated an incident of some sort (particularly involving a failure of a product, machine or system of work) and will demonstrate a passion for learning about new workplaces, industries and systems. Most critically, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to write accurate and succinct reports that effectively describe complex concepts to non-technical audiences, and to think and talk on your feet, generally. This is a constantly interesting and challenging role, in a supportive and family-friendly workplace. Please apply with your covering letter and résumé here. If this post is still visible, applications are being accepted. Applications will close Monday 10 April 2017.
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