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William Dobson
CMI, LPI, IAMI, Certified Marine Investigator
540 Jackson Avenue
Mandeville LA 70448
phone: 985-626-1876
fax: 985-626-3493
Wm. H. "Bill" Dobson is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, retired Lt. Colonel, Commander of the Special Operations Division of the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office, with more than 30 years of public service. He is the cofounder and President of Applied Marine Technology, Inc., a consulting company incorporated in 1986 that specializes in Marine Accident Investigations and Reconstruction, headquartered in Louisiana with affiliates in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Rhode Island, Mass, Arkansas, Oregon and Florida.

Mr. Dobson is a court-accepted expert in Marine Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Boating Safety, Navigation, Search and Rescue,Personal Watercraft Off Throttle Steering, and Air Boat Operations, in numerous Federal and State jurisdictions. He serves as Executive Director of S.E.L.S.A.R., Southeast Louisiana Search and Rescue organization, which comprises more than 140 Federal, State, and Local governmental and private agencies.

Mr. Dobson served as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. He is the holder of the Airmen's Medal for heroism from the U. S. Air Force, was named the Law Officer of the Year by Kiwanis International, and is the holder of Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and the National Association for Search and Rescue. Mr. Dobson was selected as an Honored Member of WHO'S WHO in Law Enforcement for 1991 and was the 2003 recipient of the iami President's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Maritime Policies and Procedures
  • Maritime Water Safety
  • Boat Accidents and Reconstruction
  • Boat Fires and Explosions
  • Air Boat Operations
  • Memberships & Affiliations:
  • International Association of Marine Investigators
  • Charter member of I.A.M.I. and serves on The Board of Directors for the United States
  • Member of American Boat and Yacht Council.
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    Capt. David G. Bacon
    4010-5 Calle Real
    Santa Barbara CA 93110
    phone: 805-895-3273
    Capt. David G. Bacon, is a Maritime Expert with over 20 years of vessel charter experience. He has a United States Coast Guard Captains License (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel - unlimited tonnage) and a Transportation Workers Identification Certificate (TWIC).

    Capt. Bacon's vessel charters include fishing, cruising, eco-tours, whale watching, diving, kayaking, photography, oil seeps, and oil spills. Owner, operator, and captain of Wavewalker Charters, he has decades of vessel operations experience with zero accidents and zero injuries.

    Capt. Bacon is experienced with crew training, safety procedures, crew drills, and practice. The Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization providing at-sea educational adventures for special-needs children and adults, he has extensive knowledge of passenger safety orientation and creating/maintaining a safe environment for passengers, including special-needs passengers in for-profit and nonprofit (501c3) ventures.

    Litigation Support - Capt. Bacon offers expert witness services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He is an expert in marine electronics selection, installation, and maintenance and operations, including at-sea or dockside equipment failure analysis and repair. Capt. Bacon is also skilled at vessel inspection, maintenance schedules and procedures, and repair of equipment and systems. His cases include:
    • Boating Accidents
    • Vessel Collision, Damage, Sinking
    • Vessel Operations and Safety
    • Seaworthiness
    • Pleasure Crafts
    • Yachts
  • Jet Skis
  • Sport Fishing
  • Charter Boat Liability
  • Boating Captain / Crew Responsibilities
  • Marine Electronics and Navigation
  • Boat Equipment Failures
  • Capt. Bacon has spent 30+ years participating as a technical writer for marine electronics and electrical journals, work procedures, user manuals, magazine articles, on-line publications, and social media. He is a public speaker with 15 years of experience hosting seminars, informational/motivational lectures, and presentations for civic organizations and clubs.

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    Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
    P.O. Box 799
    Bedford TX 76095-0799
    phone: 817-571-7731
    David E. Cole is a Retired USCG Commander with 20 years of service. Mr. Cole holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, LA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College. Mr. Cole’s maritime consulting business is practiced Nationwide. He provides various consulting services in all areas of Maritime & Admiralty, for both Plaintiff & Defense. Mr. Cole is qualified to testify in both Federal and State Courts. His 20 years service as a US Coast Guard Officer, retiring as a Commander, enables him to thoroughly analyze maritime matters.

    Mr. Cole is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Maritime Law Association of the US, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, American Boat & Yacht Council.

    Consulting Services Provided:
  • Personal Injury & death
  • Collisions
  • Allisions
  • Groundings
  • Regulatory Analysis
  • Jones Act
  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Permitting
  • Bridges
  • General Maritime Safety
  • Offshore Oil Field
  • Vessel Access
  • Determination of Navigable Waters
  • Vessel Operations & Manning
  • OSHA Regulation
  • Legal Services Offered:
  • Litigation Support
  • Navigation Analysis
  • Vessel Inspections
  • Collision Analysis
  • Deposition Appearances
  • Research
  • Reports
  • Agency Liaison
  • Trial Appearances
  • Standards and Regulations
  • David Cole is Experienced in all Types of Vessels:
  • Recreational Boats
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Barges & Fishing Vessels
  • Tug Boats
  • Charter Vessels
  • Tank Ships
  • Passenger & Cargo Vessels
  • Towing Vessels
  • Crew & Supply Boats

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    M. Clay Lawson, Jr.
    11274 S. Fortuna Road Ste. #D2-413
    Yuma AZ 85367
    phone: 928-247-4785
    M. Clay Lawson, Jr. is a Civilian Traffic Investigator with the Yuma Police Department specializing in Crash Investigations including non-injury, injury, and fatal collisions.

    Prior to joining the Yuma Police Department, Mr. Lawson worked for the US DOT's National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) where he performed specialized reconstruction on crashes involving passenger vehicles, tractor –trailers, pedestrians, and motorcycles.

    Since working in the field of accident reconstruction, Mr. Lawson has performed 156 statistical reconstructions on crashes involving passenger vehicles, tractor –trailers, pedestrians, and motorcycles while working for the USDOT’s National Automotive Sampling System and investigated 3000+ crashes with the Yuma Police Department as a Traffic Investigator.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Lawson offers expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include:
    • Crash Reconstruction - Applicable areas including but not limited to; Time / Distance, Crush Analysis, Electronic Data Recorder Analysis, Evidence Interpretation, Scene Diagramming, and Speed Calculations
    • Electronic Data Recorder Retrieval - Interpret airbag module (black box) recordings
    • Child Passenger Safety Expert - Trained to look for damage and failures to child restraint systems
    • Desk Review - Review and written summary of reports, photos, and other documents related to the case
    • Computer Animation - Use cutting edge diagram software, to create 2D or 3D color animation
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    Capt. Walter P. Godfrey, Jr.
    Senior Fire & Explosion Expert
    P.O. Drawer 307
    Cape Canaveral FL 32920
    phone: 321-868-7890
    fax: 321-868-0132
    Captain Walter P. Godfrey, Jr. Is the founder and president of Fire Reconstruction Consultants, Inc. He has over 30 years of Fire & Explosion experience in Marine and over 40 years of Investigative experience with Structures, Vessels, Vehicles, and much more. Capt. Godfrey has investigated and testified in numerous fire cases involving multi-million dollar losses. In addition, he has been the lead investigator on more than 1,500 vessel fire investigations and lead investigator in over 2000 vehicle / structure cases.

    He is a Nationally Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a Nationally Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a National Board Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist and a U.S. Coastguard 100-ton master licensed Captain.

    Capt. Godfrey shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching seminars on structure fires and surface and sub surface vessel fires for insurance underwriters, claims personnel, attorneys, and investigative arms of various government agencies as well as civic and professional groups.

    Services include:
  • Commercial & Residential Structures and Vehicles - Origin & Cause Investigations
  • Failure Analysis and Forensic Specialization: Electrical, Metallurgical, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Structural, Chemical Testing
  • Marine & Security: Underwater Investigative Services, Underwater Training, Planning, Implementation & Management for Security
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    Lifesaving Resources, LLC
    Consultant. Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue
    P.O. Box 3006
    3 Mills Rd.
    Kennebunkport ME 04046
    phone: 207-967-8614
    Gerald M. Dworkin is a professional Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue Consultant for Lifesaving Resources Inc. He has an extensive background in Aquatics Safety, Lifeguard Training and Operations, Water Rescue & Swiftwater Rescue, Ice Rescue & Cold Water Survival, Emergency Medical Services, and Public Safety and Rescue. Along with several textbooks, he has written and published over 40 articles, and has consulted in numerous drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as both a Plaintiff and Defense Expert Witness.

    Expert Witness Services
    As an expert witness, Mr. Dworkin evaluates the Standard of Care as it pertains to Incident Prevention, Victim Recognition, and Emergency Management and provides accident reconstruction, depositions, written reports, and courtroom testimony.

    His Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Lifesaving, Lifeguarding and Aquatics Safety
    • Water Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, and Ice Rescue
    • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
    • Basic Life Support
    • Drowning and Aquatic Injury Prevention and Emergency Management
    • Lifeguard Training and Operations
    Based on our research of ice rescue incidents and fatalities during the years 2006 & 2007, approximately 85% of the incidents were initiated as a result of humans venturing out onto the ice to rescue a domestic animal. The purpose of this article is three-fold. First, we need to educate the public about the need to control their pets and to prevent them from going out onto the ice because no ice should ever be considered as being "safe ice". Second, we need to also educate the public to call 911, rather than to make an attempt to rescue their pets that have fallen through the ice. And, third, First Responder agencies and their personnel need to be trained and equipped to properly, effectively, and safely respond to domestic animal rescues on and through the ice.

    In February 2004, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) published NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents. The purpose of this standard is to minimize threats to rescuers while conducting operations at technical SAR incidents, and the standard deals specifically with identifying and establishing levels of functional capability for conducting technical rescue operations safely and effectively. Although these standards were designed for all types of Technical Rescue operations, they also address water and ice rescue operations.

    10/28/2014 · Aquatics Safety
    On July 13, 2004, a 55-year-old man collapsed in the Medina (Ohio) Aquatic and Fitness Center. The aquatic manager for the city, Darlene Donkin, responded and assessed him to be in cardiac arrest. Although Donkin was a CPR instructor and taught more than 100 classes on the subject, she had never actually performed it in a life-and-death situation prior to this incident.

    9/16/2014 · Aquatics Safety
    The following incidents and places, as well as the circumstances surrounding them, are fictional. On the Scene Dispatch at 16:04 hrs: KGT-597 to Rescue 15, respond to Bakersville Pond off Cemetery Island for a report of a dog through the ice, approximately 100 yards from shore.

    8/7/2014 · Aquatics Safety
    DALLAS, April 1 - Chest compressions alone, or Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), can save lives and can be used to help an adult who suddenly collapses, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.

    7/2/2014 · Aquatics Safety
    Shallow Water Blackout (SWB) vs. Hyperventilation-Induced Blackout (HIB)....

    TWO BOYS, age 11, are ice skating at a local pond. Suddenly, the ice cracks and one boy falls through into 34 degree Fahrenheit water. His friend runs to his aid, and potential tragedy grows as the second boy is pulled into the ice cold water by the panic stricken child already in the water. Unless help is immediately available, both boys will perish within a few minutes, either from drowning or hypothermia (decreased body temperature).

    Based on a 1961 study at Williamston, MI, conducted by the Michigan State Police, the Indiana University Health and Safety Department, the Michigan Highway Department, and the American Red Cross, it was estimated that approximately 400 persons lose their lives as a result of being trapped in automobiles that have plunged into the water.

    1/24/2014 · Aquatics Safety
    Although showing a slight downward trend, U.S. pool-related drownings have see-sawed for the past several years - despite reinforcement of safety messages in the media.

    12/19/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    Properly recognizing and managing suspected spinal injuries caused by head-first entries into the water require high levels of training. Lifeguards and other water rescue personnel must be able to evaluate the signs and symptoms associated with spinal trauma and the manner in which an injury occurs. The rescuer should assume that a spinal injury exists if the forces causing the trauma were sufficient to damage the spine.

    11/14/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    In the event a firefighter is suddenly and unexpectedly immersed in deep water while wearing full turnout gear, the firefighter's survival is dependent upon the actions taken during the first critical seconds of the immersion. The incidence of this type of emergency increases when firefighters are fighting apartment fires around a swimming pool, during suppression activities on and around piers and docks, as well as during a fall-through incident in which the firefighter falls through a floor into a basement filled with water.

    10/16/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    The purpose of this article is to describe the proper use and application of the Stearns Cold Water/ Ice Rescue Suit by Fire, Rescue, and other Public Safety Personnel during cold water and ice rescue incidents. This article has been specifically written to address the prevention of Torso Reflex or Inhalation Response during the rescuer's entry into cold water.

    9/25/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    Nearly half of all flood related deaths occur in vehicles. Most of these deaths take place when people drive into flooded highway dips or low drainage areas.

    8/22/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    In 1996, a tragic accident occurred on a soccer field at Northeast Park in the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District in Illinois. After a short rain delay in the game, the skies started clearing and a referee decided to resume play.

    Since 1980, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has documented over 18 incidents, including five deaths, involving children between the ages of two and 14 who were injured or died due to body part entrapment involving the drain of a swimming pool, wading pool or spa.

    7/18/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    As a result of renewed electronic and print media exposure, the Heimlich Controversy has once more reared its head creating a confusing message for lifeguard and other rescue personnel regarding the resuscitation procedures to be used when confronted with a near-drowning resuscitation incident.

    6/21/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association Task Force on Automatic External Defibrillation

    5/29/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    All public and semi-public aquatic facilities should be equipped with appropriate spinal immobilization devices (SIDs), in addition to cervical collars, lateral stabilization items (i.e. blankets, towels, sand bags, and so forth), and appropriate immobilization material (i.e. straps and bandages).

    4/23/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    Because of the major health concerns today, there is a major reluctance among emergency service personnel to perform direct mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing on an unknown victim.

    3/20/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    For the past three issues, jems has presented a thorough review of spinal immobilization devices that are used in traditional rescue situations.

    2/13/2013 · Aquatics Safety
    Each year approximately one million people in the United States suffer from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) of which approximately 700,000 die. About 350,000 of these fatalities occur outside the hospital, usually within two hours after the onset of symptoms of a heart disorder.

    11/29/2012 · Aquatics Safety
    During an emergency is not when you want to discover that your equipment is incompatible with your EMS service. Avoiding that fate can save a lot, including a life.

    10/1/2012 · Aquatics Safety
    Torso Reflex, also known as Gasp Reflex , Inhalation Response, or Cold Water Shock, is caused by sudden immersion into water colder than 70 degrees F. Sudden immersion into cold water triggers an involuntary reflexive torso gasp that can cause the person to aspirate water into his/her airway and lungs, which can lead to laryngospasm, disorientation, panic, and the loss of any physical ability to swim or remain afloat.

    3/19/2012 · Aquatics Safety
    I’ve always advocated the need for aquatics facilities to collaborate and coordinate lifeguard and water rescue training and emergency operations with community fire, rescue, emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement agencies.

    12/20/2011 · Aquatics Safety
    For aquatics facilities to effectively integrate rescue and safety services with those of the local fire and rescue agencies and emergency medical services (EMS), it's imperative that all agencies establish collaborative agreements and cooperative training programs.

    10/7/2011 · Aquatics Safety
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) establishes standards for the Fire and Rescue industry.

    9/25/2009 · Aquatics Safety
    In February 2004, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) published NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue (SAR) Incidents. The purpose of this standard was to minimize threats to rescuers while conducting operations at technical SAR incidents.

    9/24/2009 · Aquatics Safety
    Each year, there are approximately 1,500 incidents and 600 deaths occur involving vehicles that have gone off the road and plummeted into the water. Therefore, the public needs to plan for these types of emergencies by (A) rehearsing the steps necessary for a successful self-rescue from a vehicle in the water, and (B) having the rescue/escape tools readily available for use during this type of emergency situation.

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    Don Green, Commander, USCG (Retired)
    8876 Gulf Freeway, Suite 120
    Houston TX 77017
    phone: 713-944-0966
    fax: 713-944-2546
    Donald J. Green, Commander, USCG (Retired) spent 23 years actively engaged in U.S. Coast Guard operations. Over the last decade, he has brought that experience to bear as a marine consultant, and expert witness. His company, KDON Marine Consulting is a network of qualified individuals with specialties that can address virtually any need.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
  • Commercial Damages
  • Contract Disputes
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death (Including Collisions, Grounding and Sinkings)
  • Commercial Vessel Operations (Including Investigations & Evaluation)
  • KDON, co-operating with the Houston Exam-Prep Center, offers training to help you prepare for Marine Licensing and Certification. Together, they provide courses in Coast Guard Safety Rules & Regulations, Safe Operating Practices, Navigation Rules & Regulations, Radar Use, and Vessel Manning.
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    Leonard K. Lucenko, PhD, ASSE, ACFEI, LLC
    Leonard Lucenko
    Director, Safety Education
    PO Box 2625, Bonita Springs, FL 34133 or
    PO Box 70, Lake Ariel, PA 18436
    ALL States
    phone: 239-992-0119 or 570-698-1161 or 908-797-0848
    fax: 239-992-5548
    Leonard K. Lucenko, PhD, Sport and Recreation Expert, is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State. A prolific speaker, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Risk Management in Sports and Recreation. He is a certified teacher, coach, athletic director, dean of students and international speaker on sports and recreation safety. Dr. Lucenko has qualified for Testimony and Consultation in 40 State and Federal Courts in Plaintiff and Defense cases.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Aquatics
  • Pool Safety
  • Supervision
  • Equipment
  • Children's Camps
  • Certified Playground Inspector
  • Football
  • Roller Skating
  • Ice Hockey
  • Cheerleading
  • Fitness and Health Clubs
  • Soccer
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Physical Education
  • Amusements
  • Waterparks
  • Recreation Facility Safety
  • Coaching, on the youth level such as the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program, (RBI) sponsored by Major League Baseball, is one of the crucial elements in the conduct of safe play in baseball/softball. The coach has a significant impact on risk management and safety and must be educated and convinced to make safety a priority in team management.

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    Mitchell S. Stoller
    30021 Tomas Street, Suite 300
    Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688
    phone: 949-858-5475
    fax: 949-858-5477
    Mitchell S. Stoller offers Consulting and Expert Witness services to Admiralty / Maritime Industry.
  • Experienced in testifying in Federal/State Court, Judicial Arbitration, Mediation Services.
  • Represented both Plaintiff and Defense in over 900 cases, including 52 trials.
  • Expertise covers issues relating to Blue/Brown water, Jet Skis, towing, super tankers, pleasure crafts, tugs & barges, maritime safety, safety environment, personal injury, slips & falls, fire fighting, chemical exposure, fumes, gas, & ergonomics.
  • Experience Summary:
  • Los Angeles Harbor Pilot: Piloted oceangoing vessels of any size, any gross tons, safely upon the waters of the Port of Los Angeles, to and from their berths and anchorages in accordance with local and national laws.
  • Captain at Exxon: Youngest Captain and holds an excellent vessel safety operational record.
  • Recent Accomplishments
  • Consultant to Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners
  • Featured speaker on International Safety Management (ISM) Code
  • Represented U.S. Coast Guard during administrative hearing regarding largest oil spill in Boston Harbor history.
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    Chad Fuhrmann
    All States USA
    phone: 920-750-8844 or 920-915-7151
    Chad Fuhrmann is a Marine and Mechanical Engineer with two decades of experience in the marine industry including 17 years in the Dynamic Positioning Sector.

    Background - After graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1998, Mr. Fuhrmann sailed as an engineer in the international offshore sector earning his Chief Engineer’s license. In 2008, he shifted his focus shoreside, working internationally as a consultant serving the DP sector and the marine industry at large.

    Mr. Fuhrmann maintains his U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s license and continues his professional development with various continuing education coursework in project management, expert witness training, and incident / accident investigation. He is the recipient of a full scholarship to the inaugural 2014-2015 WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Program at Louisiana State University.

    Mr. Fuhrmann is currently the Americas Business Director for Maritime Assurance and Consulting Ltd (MAC) and volunteers his time with focused industry groups including the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and the Marine Technology Society.

    Litigation Support - Chad Fuhrmann provides expert witness services for cases involving onshore and offshore maritime issues. His services are available nationally and internationally to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Dynamic Positioning (DP) Assurance
    • Incident / Accident Investigation
    • Fitness for Purpose Assessment
    • Gap Analyses
    • Competency Assessment
    • Marine Assurance
    • Operations Management
  • Shipyard Newbuild and Upgrade
  • Project Management
  • Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Marine Survey
  • Redundancy Analyses
  • Operations Management Issues
  • Engineering Ethics & Principles
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    Hector V. Pazos P.E.
    Ocean-Oil Expert Witness, Inc.
    FL LA
    phone: 727-347-2556 or 504-367-4072
    fax: 727-343-9717
    Florida Office:
    P.O. Box 47188
    St. Petersburg, FL 33743-7188
    T: (727) 347-2556
    Fax: (727) 343-9717
    Cell Phone: (727) 698-2556 (24/7)
    Louisiana Office:
    3501 Holiday Drive, Suite #314
    New Orleans, LA, 70114
    Cell Phone: (504) 367-4072 (24/7)
    Fax: (504) 367-3790

    Hector V. Pazos, P.E., is a Registered Professional Engineer, Naval Architect, Marine Engineer, Marine Accident Investigator and Expert Witness. For the past 39 years, Mr. Pazos has been retained to assist lawyers, insurance companies and owners regarding technical matters in a substantial number of litigations (over 1,200). He has made surveys and inspections, prepared reports and / or testified by deposition and in court in more than 400 cases.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Power and Sail Pleasure Boats
    • Passenger and Cargo Vessels
    • Offshore Platforms
    • Drilling Rigs
    • Fishing Vessels
    • Pipelines
    • Barges
    • Floating Cranes
    • Collisions
    • Salvage
    • Towing
    • Damages to Docks
    • Slip and Fall
    • Inclined and Vertical Ladders
    • Fires and Explosions
    • Diving Accidents
    • Noise and / or Vibration
    • Containers
    • Dredges
    Services Include:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Product Liability
    • Equipment Failure
    • Structural Failure
    • Latent Defects
    • Vessel Safety and Seaworthiness
    • Aquatics / Recreation
    • Design / Construction Defects
    • Cause of Vessel Sinking
    • Vessel Stability
    • Salvage of Vessels
    • Engine and Steering Damage
    • Personal Injury / Safety
    • Biomechanics
    A "gauger" employed by an oil production company was going by boat to different well locations to get the wells flowing. In other words, although he was performing oil field related activities, he was a seaman and the gauger was employed in consideration of his seamanship abilities because to perform the duties required by his employment he was obligated to spend the majority of his time aboard vessels and/or on marine structures and operate vessels without assistance regardless of weather or water conditions.

    Wakes are moving waves created by a boat or vessel when advancing across the water. A ship moving through the water is accompanied by at least three "pressure disturbances" on each side, which produces several trains of waves. This wave system is characterized by: a). divergent waves; b). transverse waves; and c). a line of crest intersections (cusps) where the divergent and transverse waves meet.

    During a very nice seven-day cruise on a large passenger vessel in the Caribbean, a lady passenger decided to use a coin operated laundry room, available aboard the vessel, which was available to the passengers. The washers and dryers were heavy-duty stackable units, with the washers resting on the deck or floor of the laundry room, and the dryers mounted on a steel frame just above the washers. After drying the clothes just washed, the passenger was pulling clothes out of one dryer when the dryer fell on her resulting in serious injures.

    10/27/2015 · Marine - Maritime
    The accident took place in an open ocean anchorage area (blue water) off the coast of Colombia, about 5 miles offshore. At this location, bulk carrier vessels are moored to buoys and floating cranes are used to transfer coal from barges to the oceangoing bulk carriers.

    Some types of accidents are well known because despite of the continuous efforts to reduce them, they continue happening, such as slip and fall accidents. Others are less common but are easy to prevent or to minimize their consequences. The following is a sample of an offshore accident that could have easily been prevented.

    A lady passenger aboard a cruise ship was walking in the proximity of the Purser's desk, in a "Public Space" (interior passageway), when she tripped and fell to the floor hitting also a fire control door, sustaining serious injuries. The fall was caused by tripping on a large metallic fire screen door threshold, which was protruding substantially above the carpeted floor

    7/2/2015 · Boating
    The boat accident described below, resulting in the death of two occupants, presented the challenge of determining who of the four occupants of the boat was the driver at the time of the accident, and what was the seating position of each occupant.

    6/6/2015 · Boating
    Crew boats are such relative simple marine equipment that it appears that the possibility of accidents unrelated to machinery should be very remote.

    This is a sample of numerous accidents investigated by the author of this article. The assistant driller on a Jack-up Rig owned and/or operated by an Offshore company, was performing various tasks on the drilling floor, when, one of the floor hands (roustabout) had to leave the drilling floor and the assistant driller replaced him.

    1/16/2015 · Boating
    This 48-foot 66 MPH luxury power cruiser was beautiful inside and outside, but during trials and during the test ride, a squeaking "humming noise" was noticed in the proximity of the icemaker cabinet door. The frame of the cabinet door was attached to the hull and the salesman convinced the potential buyer that the noise would disappear after the boat was operated a few hundred miles. According to the salesman, there were built-in residual stresses that will be released by operating the boat with motions and slamming for several hours. The boat was sold despite of the squeaking.

    12/9/2014 · Marine - Maritime
    The task of transferring personnel to and from offshore facilities to crew boats or offshore supply boats, as well as transferring personnel between boats has been accomplished for many years utilizing personnel transfer nets and personnel transfer baskets. Despite of the continuous efforts to improve he designs and operating procedures to eliminate identifiable hazards, accidents such as the ones described below are not uncommon.

    10/31/2014 · Injury
    The spine is a sensitive mechanism. Certain lifting or equivalent to lifting actions can cause irreversible damage that can lead to permanent injury.

    9/18/2014 · Boating
    The following is a typical type of accident due to Manufacturing Defects. Manufacturing Design Defect and U.S.C.G. Recall Campaigns: A boat or item of associated equipment is subject to a safety recall if it fails to comply with Coast Guard Safety standards or contains a defect that creates a substantial risk of personal injury.

    4/10/2013 · Marine - Maritime
    Because the exposure to the marine and offshore environments, slips and falls are a significant source of personal injuries on floating vessels and offshore equipment, probably the rate of personal injuries due to slip and falls in a marine environment is substantially greater than most industry groups.

    Low transverse stability was reported on this vessel prior to the accident, but no action was taken to investigate the cause of the low stability.

    1/21/2013 · Marine - Maritime

    11/8/2012 · Marine - Maritime
    After inspecting more than 100 marine stairways, in which accidents occurred, we found several deficiencies in the steps and handrails of stairs that are consistently repeated.

    8/28/2012 · Marine - Maritime
    This accident happened in a large compartment of an Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV), which, because of lack of appropriate ventilation and toxic atmosphere it should have been treated as a confined space.

    6/27/2012 · Boating
    Gasoline is very dangerous. This explosion left two people with very serious injuries and destroyed the boat.

    4/26/2012 · Marine - Maritime
    The majority of accidents involve personal injuries and/or fatalities, although the strong and continuous improvement in the field of accident prevention is resulting in a constant reduction of the number of marine related fatalities.

    10/19/2011 · Marine - Maritime
    The M/V Salvador Allende capsized and sunk on or about December 9, 1994, in the Atlantic Ocean, with the loss of almost the entire crew. Only two (2) members of the crew survived, the third engineer, Mr. Alexander Tarenov, and the second mate, Mr. Ivan Skiba.

    3/12/2009 · Aquatics Safety
    An experienced Marine Surveyor was in the process of inspecting the cargo in one of the holds of a bulk carrier. He was climbing out of the hold using a vertical ladder, which terminated in an access hatch of approximately 25" x 25

    3/12/2009 · Aquatics Safety
    There are numerous public records of self-actuated transmission accidents for both automobiles and boats. However, record-keeping practices does not identify most of the marine incidents of self-actuated transmissions

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    Trevor A. Sherwood, II
    68 Edwards Road
    Brick NJ 08723
    phone: 732-451-1040
    fax: 732-451-1630
    Pool Operation Management (POM), founded in 1980, is an Aquatics Safety and Risk Management firm that is nationally recognized for pool consulting services including liability and risk management, compliance with governmental regulations, facility operations, mechanical questions, and personnel requirements.

    Trevor A. Sherwood II has extensive experience in the swimming pool industry, with over 20 years of experience in service, consulting, training and education, code regulations, development and expert witness. He has contributed to aquatic textbooks and related articles, influenced State Recreational Bathing Codes and national conference presentations. He has provided leadership to such organizations as National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA), Community Association Institute - New Jersey Chapter (CAI), New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA), New Jersey Parks and Recreation Society (NJPRS), Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society (PRPS) and New Jersey and Massachusetts Health Departments. He has been retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Mr. Sherwood's extensive swimming pool consulting experience qualifies him to appear in court on the following matters:
    • Swimming Pool Deaths - Drowning, Diving
    • Chemical Exposure
    • Chemical Fires / Hazards
    • Pool Paint
  • Pool Equipment Patent Infringement
  • Pool Light Electrocution
  • Deck and Pool Surfacing
  • Fitness Club Hot Tub Issues
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    7/13/2015 · Aquatics Safety
    Is your pool putting your patrons in harm way? When getting your pool ready for the upcoming summer season, you need to make sure your pool meets state requirements for safety and operation. Since New Jersey has one of the thorough bathing codes in the nation and outbreaks of recreational water illnesses are occurring every year, everyone needs to be sure that their pool is up to code for a safe swimming season.

    Everyone knows when you buy a new home that it needs to be inspected by a professional home inspector. But, what should you do about the pool in the backyard? Unbeknownst to many homebuyers and sellers, the pool needs a professional inspection in order to make sure that it is safe enough for your family to enjoy.

    As the colder weather arrives, most people are looking forward to colorful foliage and preparing for the holidays. Those operators with seasonal facilities have likely already closed them, or will be closing them for the season shortly. Indoor facilities may even see a decline in patronage due to fewer people traveling during the colder months.

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    Terence M. (Terry) Harvey
    220 Marina Way #8
    Redondo Beach 90277
    phone: 424-260-0286
    Terence (Terry) M. Harvey is a Sports and Recreation Public Safety Expert. A retired Captain from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Mr. Harvey has been a Public Safety Professional for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in Public Safety, Ocean Safety, EMS, and Operational Safety.

    Mr. Harvey served as a lead Lifeguard Academy instructor for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and has more than 3 decades of experience in Lifeguarding Operations. He has provided EMS and Safety consulting services in international surf and diving environments in Indonesia, Mexico, and the Maldives. He has also provided EMT services on boat charters out of Padang Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Litigation Support - Terry Harvey offers technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving open water and beach activities including jet skis, boating, ocean rescues, and safety instruction; and winter sports including snowboarding, skiing, resort facilities operations, and safety instruction. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Boating - Maintenance, operation, piloting in open water, restricted waterways and surf; vessel firefighting, emergency dewatering, emergency boarding and operation of vessels in crisis; emergency vessel towing
    • Safety - EMS (Emergency Management Services), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), Lifeguarding, Open Water Rescue, safety planning, and safety training
    • Surfing: Surfing equipment, surfing safety
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    Captain Stephen A. Richter
    Master Mariner and Pilot
    101 Alter St.
    Philadelphia PA 19147
    phone: 908-902-8613
    Captain Stephen A. Richter, Master Mariner and First Class Pilot, has been a licensed Ship Master for over 30 years and brings almost four decades of experience to his work as an expert witness and marine consultant.

    He holds first class pilot endorsements for nearly every waterway between the Delaware River and the Boston Harbor, in addition to the lower Mississippi River and St. Croix in the U.S.V.I. As an experienced Bar Pilot, River Pilot, and Docking Pilot, he has piloted ships of all types, sizes, and registry including tankships, containers ships, car ships, naval vessels, tugs and barges, ATB’s, and smaller crafts.

    As a sea pilot, river pilot and docking pilot, Captain Richter piloted over 3500 vessels in New York Harbor, the Delaware Bay and River, the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and the ports of Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He piloted, docked, and undocked ships with various propulsion arrangements, I.T.B’s., A.T.B’s., Tugs and Barges and ships in excess of 160,000 Deadweight tons and completed transits as well as docked and undocked vessels in areas of heavy traffic, anchored ships in crowded anchorages, and piloted in all conditions.

    Captain Richter is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the South Easter Admiralty Law Institute, the Marine Advisory Committee for the Delaware River, and the Advisory Board for the Maritime Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia.

    Litigation Support - Captain Richter utilizes his experience in the marine industry to assist with depositions and case preparation, prepare expert witness testimony, and consult on Marine Safety and Navigation resulting in numerous favorable settlements. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Recent Case Issues
    • Cause of Damage to a US Navy Installation
    • Personal Injury sustained While Ship Made Fast to Berth
    • Allision with a Port Facility
    • Tug Crew Personal Injury
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    David Stewart Smith, Commander, USCG (RET)
    12367 N. Country Club Dr.
    Charlevoix MI 49720
    phone: 231-547-0172
    fax: 231-547-0172 (Please Call First)
    Smith Aquatic Safety Service (SASS) was created in 1981, upon Dr. Smith's retirement from 25 year's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide aquatic safety training. At retirement Dr. Smith was Chief, 2nd Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, St. Louis, MO, responsible for all federal boating safety activities in 15 primary states.

    In 1981 Dr. Smith first testified as an expert. Both aspects of SASS have grown markedly, with Dr. Smith being retained in hundreds of legal cases, for plaintiff and defense while also training thousands of aquatic safety/rescue personnel. He has been qualified in numerous state and federal court cases as a boating accident reconstructionist.

    SASS provides consultation and related services to law firms in aquatics cases, plus water rescue and boating safety training seminars for fire, police, lifeguarding and EMS providers throughout North America.
    David Smith, PhD
    Text for emergency rescue personnel on the theory and practical techniques of water rescue. Includes survival of the rescuer, as well as the victim. Illustrated.
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