Profile

Prof Kim Burton specialises in ergonomics and biomechanics. Coming from a clinical background, he has a special interest in occupational musculoskeletal disorders.

He has been working in the field of ergonomics since the early 1980s, has been a professional member of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors since 1991, and was registered as a European Ergonomist in 1996. He was made an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2007, and in 2011 was awarded an OBE for services to occupational helathcare.

Subject areas include:

  • manual handling
  • posture
  • health & safety
  • occupational health
  • rehabilitation
  • biomechanics

Professional areas:

  • ERGONOMICS: low back disorders; upper limb disorders; work-relevant musculoskeletal problems, work-related injury
  • CLINICAL SCIENCE: psychosocial, biomechanical and epidemiological aspects of musculoskeletal problems

Since the early 1990s he has regularly been asked to give expert opinion on ergonomics and biomechanics issues in personal injury cases, backing this expertise with his research into the causes, prevention, and rehabilitation of occupational musculoskeletal disorders. 

Instructions are taken from solicitors across Britain and occasionally overseas (Hong Kong, USA, Canada, South Africa), and he has also given testimony on ergonomics matters to the US Senate.

Having had Single Joint Expert training, his split of accepted instructions is approximately: 50% joint; 30% defendant; 20% claimant, though this varies somewhat from year to year.


Appointments include:

Professor of Occupational Healthcare at the University of Huddersfield
Foremer Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Clinical Biomechanics
Associate Professor of Clinical Biomechanics, British School of Osteopathy, London.

He is a member of numerous biomedical organisations including the Ergonomics Society, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and formerly was a member of the International Society of Biomechanics and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Clinical training was received at the British School of Osteopathy, London in 1968, and a doctorate was awarded in 1987 for research into the epidemiology and biomechanics of low back trouble. Recent research has focused on upper limb disorders, work-relevant common health problems, and how to facilitate work participation. In addition to regularly publishing papers in scientific journals, he is also invited to lecture internationally on the biomechanical, psychosocial, and occupational aspects of common health problems, particularly musculoskeletal disorders.