Mr Nicholson is Principal Ergonomics Consultant for Axis Ergonomics. He has over 35 years’ experience in the fields of Ergonomics and Occupational Health and Safety with particular expertise in the area of prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

He worked at the Ergonomics Research Unit at the Robens Centre at the University of Surrey for 13 years conducting research and consultancy assignments. Thereafter he was Founder, and then Managing Director, of Hu-Tech Ergonomics Human Factors, having stepped down from this role in 2010 to be able to concentrate again on carrying out consultancy, training and expert witness services.

He has worked for over 25 years with a number of blue chip organisations to help to set up and implement ergonomics and health and safety programmes, and to establish risk assessment and risk control strategies. His work has included completing numerous risk assessments and he has advised extensively on risk control measures across a diverse range of industries ranging from electricity generation, pharmaceutical, clothing, food and engineering manufacturing, maintenance operations, transport, and commercial.

He has been retained by a cross-section of clients to assist their internal/external design teams in ensuring that new facilities meet good ergonomics practice and excel in both usability and functionality.

Mr Nicholson has worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive on the presentation of the benefits of applying ergonomics in workplaces and has completed funded projects leading to the publication of 2 HSE guidance books, “A Pain in Your Workplace” and “Backs for the Future”. He has acted as an external ad-hoc expert to HSE on the Guidance to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, and the publication ‘Upper limb disorders in the Workplace’ HSG60, 2002. More recently he led a research team that published a report for the HSE called “Cost benefit studies that support tackling musculoskeletal disorders” (http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr491.pdf).

Mr Nicholson has published numerous technical and applied papers and is regularly invited to speak at managerial and professional conferences and workshops, industrial health and safety groups, and symposia on the topic of ergonomics. He was co-editor of the book ‘Health, Safety and Ergonomics’ published by Butterworths in 1988 and was co-author of the industrial guideline book, ‘Manual Materials Handling’ published by Taylor and Francis in 1993 (1st edition) and 1997 (2nd edition). This has become a standard reference text for the design of manual materials handling operations (e.g. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/ United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) 'Ergonomics Guideline for carts and dollies').

HHe is appointed by the British Standards Institute (BSI) as the UK Principal Expert on CEN (European Standardization Committee) and ISO (International Standards Organization) Committees preparing Standards in the areas of manual handling, working posture, repetitive work and force limits in manual work. These committees have produced a number of published British, European and International Standards that set out good practice, and some which support European Directives. He is a member of the BSI Committee overseeing the integration and development of all ergonomics standards in the UK.

Mr Nicholson is on the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors’ List of Experts in manual handling and work related upper limb disorders and on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses in the areas of work related upper limb disorders, display screen equipment use, workplace design and manual handling.

Mr Nicholson has been preparing expert witness reports on a regular basis for more than 25 years. In this time he has prepared over 1000 such reports on behalf of Claimant/Pursuer and Defendant/Defender, and single joint expert in England and Wales. These have mainly related to civil litigation cases involving back injury, manual handling and upper limb disorders. He has attended County and Sheriff Courts to give oral evidence on a number of occasions and he has attended the High Court (London) and Court of Session (Edinburgh) to give evidence.

He seeks to maintain a balanced approach to accepting instructions from solicitors representing both claimants and defendants.