Peter McCormack


Peter is a PhD student with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems.  He is investigating the application of systems thinking to understand and prevent the risks associated with manual tasks under the supervision of Dr Gemma Read, Professor Paul Salmon and Dr Natassia Goode who is an adjunct supervisor.

In 2014-15, Safe Work Australia reported the total cost of work-related injury and disease in Australia was $61.8 billion.  Muscular stress while lifting or handling objects accounted for 32% ($19.78 billion) of serious claims.  Peter’s research will examine if systems methods are useful to facilitate a reduction in this cost and morbidity.

Peter commenced his career as an Apprentice Toolmaker with Queensland Rail.  As a part time and external student, he attained the awards of Associate Diploma of Mechanical Engineering (QUT), Bachelor of Business (USQ), Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (QUT) and Master of Health Science (Risk Management) (QUT).

He has worked across several industries being railway, retail, gold mining, aviation, explosives, not for profit, and vocational training.  Peter retired from employment in 2016 and his motivation to undertake a PhD is to “give back” to industry.