Liberty Mutual Names Directors of Two New Research Centers

August 14, 2008

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, part of Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group, has named Nils Fallentin and Marvin Dainoff, respectively, as directors of two newly established centers: the Center for Physical Ergonomics and the Center for Behavioral Sciences.

The centers were created to address emerging need in occupation injury prevention, Liberty Mutual said.

As director of the Center for Physical Ergonomics, Dr. Fallentin and his team will explore new approaches to understanding physiological and biomechanical mechanisms of injury. The Center will improve the Research Institute’s understanding of workplace exposures such as manual materials handling and slips, trips and falls, which together account for about half of the total burden of serious injuries.

Fallentin joins the Research Institute from the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark.

At the Center for Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Dainoff will direct research focusing on the behavioral, cognitive and organizational factors underlying workplace injuries and highway collisions. The Center’s research will look at topics in risk communication, organizational safety climate, alternative work systems and driver performance.

Dainoff joins the Research Institute from Miami University in Ohio where he has been a professor of psychology, founding director of the Center for Ergonomic Research, and currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus.

Source: Liberty Mutual Group

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