case studies

Examples of our work

Our work, in collaboration with others, can be seen in the following publications.  Following this are some of the typical benefits of working with Optimise, and some feedback from clients.

"Dehydration in

New Zealand

fishing vessel crews"

Edwin, M., Moore, D. and Guard, D. (2016)

International Ergonomics Association Congress, Melbourne.

"Exploratory (Multi) Cost Benefit Analysis in New Zealand’s fishing industry"

Gaskin, H., Edwin, M., Moore, D., and Guard, D. (2016)

International Ergonomics Association Congress, Melbourne.

"Fishing for information: Scoping for opportunities to prevent musculo-skeletal disorders on NZ's large fishing vessels"

Edwin, M. Guard, D. (2014)

OHSIG Conference, HFESNZ Conference

"Catching on: working together to reduce musculoskeletal injury risks in the fishing industry"

Edwin, M. and Guard, D. (2016)

HASANZ Conference

"Musculoskeletal Discomfort in Crane and Forklift Operators in a New Zealand Port"

Edwin, M., and Polychronopoulos, L. (2010)

"Managing risks when handling patients on ambulance stretchers in a hospital"

Alexander, S. (2006)

Marketing for Ergonomists – 13th Conference of the NZ Ergonomics Society pp 22 – 25

"Improving the Odds: Redesigning Blackjack Tables For Injury Reduction"

Edwin, M. and Roy, P. (2004)

Ergonomics: Analyse, Design, Evaluate, 12th Conference of the NZ Ergonomics Society. pp 53 - 58.

Our clients say: 

The benefits of ergonomics interventions are usually seen at many levels within organisations. Well-designed interventions see workers experience fewer discomfort and injury problems - this makes for happier and more effective workers, lower rates of staff turnover, reduced injury costs, and creates increased productivity - often with less error and waste.

"Since the Optimise ergonomics assessment and the changes we made, we have had no new injury reports in the last year."


"We have less down-time and have improved our outputs."


"Even though workers are now taking small breaks and rotating tasks during their shifts, they are performing better throughout the day and our productivity has actually improved."


Our clients say: 

Managers, supervisors and workers that are consulted with and involved with the evaluation process feel ownership, and are likely to be happier - often resulting in less sickness and absenteeism.This can be an important part of many change processes.

"It was good that what we said did count, and the changes that have been made are better for us too."


"I don't feel so tired at the end of the day - it is easier to concentrate and to do the job correctly."

Our clients say: 

The systems evaluation approach ensures that all risk factors are considered and that recommendations made don't miss or gloss over difficult issues.

"We had to acknowledge that as managers we needed to make some changes too, we were a part of the problem but had kept blaming workers - who really didn't have the power to make all the right changes."


"The Optimise assessment was thorough and gave us a clear breakdown of all the things we needed to address."


“The Optimise recommendations have been broken into several phases of work that we are spreading over the next five years – such a great work plan for us to use”.

Our clients say: 

The design of optimal work systems, environments, workstations, work tools and other equipment ensures that tasks can be completed efficiently, comfortably and safely. A process of design, then user trials, evaluation and redesign ensures excellent outcomes.

"Optimise helped us to redesign the trolleys we use - now this model is so much better than the last ones."

“We took notice of the feedback you gave us and have redesigned some of our models with even better results.”

Our clients say: 

Workers with lower capacities are often accommodated by good work system design.This enables experienced but ageing or otherwise less able workers to stay in the workforce for longer.

"Since we addressed the manual handling issues identified by Optimise, our older and more experienced workers are finding it easier, workers aren't getting so sore, and it is easier for those with existing discomfort to manage it."

“We know that with the ageing workforce in our region we particularly need to address manual handling.”

Our clients say: 

Developing the performance specifications for key plant and equipment allows right-first-time purchasing decisions. This also enables the meeting of legal requirements under HSWA for the provision of a healthy and safe work environment.

“When designing a complex manufacturing plant and work area, including an Optimise ergonomist right from the outset ensured that we had included solutions for manual handling risks right from kick-off.  A couple of times this prevented us from inadvertently designing in some huge risks, because at the time we were focusing on other chemical risks and engineering aspects.  Presentation of the range of solutions for the manual handling risks also helped us to decide the most cost effective and practical solution with a long term view.  This helped us to identify an exciting opportunity to engineer a new type of product.”


“Marion ensured that we didn’t forget about the people actually doing the job we were designing gear for, and how they were going to have to work.”


"Optimise assisted us to determine which of the many and confusing 'ergonomic' furniture options best suited our requirements.”

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