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
- health & safety
- occupational health
- 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
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
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.
Professor of Occupational Healthcare at the University of
Foremer Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Clinical
Associate Professor of Clinical Biomechanics, British School of
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.