Investigating Slips, Trips, and Falls: Human Factors Issues and Premises Liability

February 14, 2024

Human factors can play a major role in slip, trip, and fall accidents that occur at both private and public locations such as homes, malls, grocery stores, casinos, spas, hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments. When investigating injury accidents, a thorough analysis of the human factors issues can be crucial.

Rimkus experts have years of experience performing premises liability investigations related to slips, trips, and falls. We can help explain the impact of coefficient of friction, line of sight, and the effect of lighting on the conspicuity of objects in an area. We also analyze human gait patterns when walking on flat and uneven surfaces, strolling up or down inclines, and climbing stairs and ladders. Our evaluations can include the effect of attention, distraction, and carrying objects on gait and object detection.

Our Expertise Includes:
  • Line of Sight and Gaze Behavior
  • Visibility/Conspicuity of Objects/Conditions
  • Gait Frictional Requirements, Patterns, and Foot Placement Planning
  • Human Behavior When Walking
  • Threshold of Detection in Low Light
  • Attention and Distraction
  • Expectancy and Familiarity
  • Contrast Evaluations
  • Review of Applicable Scientific Literature on Human Factors/Performance

Learn More About Our Human Factors and Premises Liability Services
Farheen S. Khan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Human Factors
Peter A. Townsend, P.E., S.E., CXLT
Senior Vice President, Technical Services
Human Factors
Premises Liability
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