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The Plaintiff, a tenant of the subject apartment building, was on the roof of the building, when the Plaintiff fell through a rooftop skylight located above the apartment building hallway. The Plaintiff had been on the roof with a friend, but was alone at the time of the incident.

Plaintiff alleged that the rooftop was an established area used by a variety tenants, over an extended period of time. Plaintiff further contended that the Building Owner/Manager was aware of tenants utilizing the rooftop as a recreational area. Defendant Building Owner/Manager contended that the rooftop was not an occupiable space of the building, and tenants, such as the Plaintiff were in violation of the building rules.

WEXCO's Buiding Safety Team was retained as the Safety Expert relative to:

  • Evaluation of the safety of the subject building
  • Accessibility to the rooftop by Tenants
  • Issues relevant to Notice to the Owner
  • Foreseeability of Use (Rooftop)
  • Determination of the applicable Building Codes, Safety Regulations (OSHA), and Industry Standards
  • Performing Accident Reconstruction analysis regarding the mechanics of the Plaintiff's fall.
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Dr. Stephen C. Wexler: 40 years experience in construction, construction management, safety and related. Unusual combination of safety engineering and construction and civil engineering permits separate areas within construction, safety, and premises liability. 6 years Instructor at UCLA Evening Extension in Engineering & Construction Management, and 4 years US Navy Seabees Instructor for Construction Management - Port Hueneme, CA and Gulfport, Mississippi.

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