Les Ainsworth has been involved in ergonomics for over 35 years and has wide experience in the practical application of ergonomics and psychology complex industrial processes and systems..
During his career much of his work has involved studies of complex single and multi-person tasks using various task analysis techniques to identify the behavioural requirements for safe and effective human performance in complex or potentially hazardous. He has provided advice to the Office for Nuclear Regulation and foreign power utilities on the application of task analysis methods. He jointly authored a definitive text on task analysis.
He established Synergy as a specialist ergonomics consultancy in 1988 to provide services to a wide range of safety-critical industries. He now provides advice on the integration of ergonomics in Safety Cases, in design and in human factors assessments.
Les takes a pragmatic and thorough approach to his practice of ergonomics.
Recent work has included participation in assessing human capabilities in severe accidents and a number of studies of human reliability in UK nuclear refuelling and reprocessing facilities. In his spare time Les enjoys rock-climbing and skiing. In climbing circles he is noted as an author and desktop publisher for climbing guides in the Lancashire and Cumbria regions.