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Ergonomics Human Factors Consultant David Curry

David G. Curry, PhD, CHFP, CSP
Principal, Human Factors/Safety
420 N. Main Street
Montgomery IL 60538
phone: 630-701-7703 (Office) 630-740-6871 (Cell)
fax: 630-701-7732

Solution Engineering Group is a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting and technical services company offering engineering investigation and analysis, customized and routine testing, accident investigation and reconstruction, pretrial and courtroom testimony. Their clients include private individuals, insurers, manufacturers, industrial processors, utilities, government, and law enforcement agencies and their representing attorneys. Chief Scientist/Principal of Human Factors and Safety, David G. Curry, PhD, CHFP, CSP, consults on all aspects of Human Factors, Applied Human Performance, Ergonomics, and Safety. He has over 30 years of experience working in accident investigation, product design and development, operational testing and analysis, and both laboratory and field research in the control / display, aviation, and surface vehicle arenas. Dr. Curry holds graduate degrees in Experimental, Human Factors, and Cognitive/ Perceptual Psychology, Industrial Engineering, and Business. 

Areas of Particular Expertise:

  • Human / Machine Interface Design and Evaluation
  • Human Capabilities and Limitations in Applied Environments
  • Industrial Ergonomics
  • Instructions and Warnings
  • Perception / Vision / Visibility
  • Slips / Trips / Falls
  • Evaluation of Equipment / Facilities / Structures from a Human Use Standpoint
  • Safety-related Issues in General

Dr. Curry has published over 50 technical papers dealing with various issues relating to Applied Human Performance and Accident Investigation. He holds 4 United States patents and has or does serve as a member of national standards-making committees for a variety of organizations (e.g., ANSI, ASTM, and SAE.) Dr. Curry has been honored with receiving the General Motors President’s Council Award and a NASA Center of Excellence Fellowship among others.

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The public looks to safety professionals for guidance as experts in risk avoidance and hazard mitigation. This is reasonable as they are ostensibly trained in that area and, thus, in a better position to evaluate the risks inherent in different activities and to assess what can and should be done to alleviate or reduce those risks to an acceptable level. As such, it behooves safety professionals to be aware of not only safety-related heuristics that are presented to the public, but also the research that underlies that guidance to assess the appropriateness of the various safety rules that are promulgated to address potential hazards. In the real world, however, ostensible safety experts often simply accept these rules as representing appropriate, normal or typical behavior based on longevity, common sense or the simple frequency with which they are expressed.