Applied Safety + Ergonomics
Forensic Time and Motion Study

Applied Safety and Ergonomics conducts custom-designed time and motion studies for a variety of industries, serving as consultants and expert witnesses.  Our diverse team of consultants and video professionals has experience answering technical questions in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class-action litigation around the country. Our studies assist clients in estimating of time required to perform activities, as well as the proportion of time spent by workers in performing specific tasks (for example, work time versus idle time, exempt work versus non-exempt work, and tipped- versus non-tipped activities).

Example industries in which ASE has conducted time and motion studies include:

  • Food processing/meat packing
  • Maritime/transportation
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Call centers
  • Manufacturing facilities

Our experience in designing and conducting time and motion studies includes:

  • Donning & doffing
  • Cleaning/sanitizing activities
  • Work/job sampling
  • Break and meal periods analysis
  • Walking time
  • Off the clock work
  • Tipped/non-tipped time
  • Religious accommodation

Our time and motion studies typically involve:

  • On-site visits with direct and continuous observation of tasks
  • Customized data collection techniques using trained consultants and videographers
  • Evaluation/validation of time for secondary activities such as walking to workstations
  • Unobtrusive data gathering to capture natural behavior
  • Specialized equipment:
    • High-end, customized video equipment allowing continuous HD recording for 24+ hours
    • Specialized mounts for camera placement flexibility
    • Proprietary time study program for real-time data collection and statistical analysis

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We additionally provide the following:

  • Evaluation and analysis of data collected by other parties
  • Preparation of trial exhibits and demonstratives
  • Exemplar and annotated video and animation
  • Expert testimony in litigation


Contact Us

For immediate inquiries or assistance please contact our Ann Arbor, Michigan office at
1.734.994.9400 or info@appliedsafety.com

Applied Safety and Ergonomics has been providing valuable analysis, insight, answers, training, data, and problem solving strategies in consultation and expert witness capacities to help clients make informed decisions since 1994.