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Christian M. Schneider, CIH
President
140 S. Village Ave., Suite 130
Exton PA 19341
USA
phone: 610-524-5525
fax: 610-524-0565
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1 Source Safety and Health, Inc. is a Safety and Health Management and Consulting firm for educational, insurance, commercial, residential, research, healthcare, and manufacturing facilities. 1Source’s team of professionals includes certified industrial hygienists, certified safety professionals, certified professional environmental auditors, and a certified professional ergonomist who can address every safety and health issue. One key measure of their success is that 1Source is the largest safety and health consulting firm with the most certified staff on the east coast. For more than 20 years, the professionals at 1Source have been committed to developing long-term, mutually beneficial professional relationships with our clients and business partners.

Indoor Air Quality Management and Consultation:
  • Mold, Bacteria and other Microbiological Assessments:
  • Odor Surveys and Assessments
  • Investigative Indoor Air Quality Surveys
  • Proactive Indoor Air Quality Surveys
  • Planned Indoor Air Quality Management Programs
  • Environmental-Related Disease Investigations
  • Legionella and Legionnaires Disease
  • Safety Program Management
  • Safety Management Systems:
  • Ergonomics Programs
  • Safety Program Development
  • Occupational Health / Industrial Hygiene
  • Construction Safety Services
  • Managed Outsourcing
  • Training Program Services
  • OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program)
  • Safety and Health Audits
  • Noise Exposure Evaluation and Control
  • Asbestos and Lead Management and Consultation:
  • Asbestos Surveys and Investigations
  • Asbestos Abatement Project Design
  • Environmental Quality Assurance Monitoring
  • Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Programs
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    R. Kevin Smith, P.E.
    President, R. K. Smith Engineering
    1539 Chalone Ct.
    Crown Point IN 46307
    USA
    phone: 219-226-9510 (Office)708-790-1938 (Cell)
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    R. Kevin Smith PE, BSME, MMAE, has been a specialist in Engineering Forensic Safety and Design for 35 years. He has consulted on over a 1,000 matters nationwide.

    Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer and holds a BSME and MMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He specializes in Material Handling Equipment Safety, including lift trucks, dock safety, truck loading, conveyors, and aerial work platform safety.

    Mr. has been actively involved as a member of the committee that writes the Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks (ASME/ANSI B56.1) for over 30 years. He also serves on the B56.6 committee (rough terrain lift trucks) and the ANSI A92.5 and A92.6 subcommittees (self-propelled elevating work platforms).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Smith formerly worked for Triodyne, Inc. for over 15 years as a forensic engineer/principal engineer. As President of R. K. Smith Engineering Inc., he currently has a laboratory for examination and testing, and owns or has access to varied testing equipment and tools.

    Kevin Smith has testified at depositions and trials on several hundred matters. He has performed hundreds of investigations into product failures involving injury and property damage, and has reconstructed numerous accidents. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Mr. Smith also is on the Adjunct Math faculty at Prairie State College.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forklift Trucks
    • Aerial Work Platform Lifts
    • Product Testing
    • Material Handling / Lifting / Rigging Equipment
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine Guarding
    • Safeguarding
    • Warnings
  • Agricultural and Construction Equipment
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Stability Testing
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Consumer Products / Testing
  • OSHA Citations
  • Codes & Standards
  • Standard of Care in Design
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    Allan D. Snyder
    Principal
    3943 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 412
    Irvine CA 92602
    USA
    phone: 657-859-6133
    fax: 657-859-6142
    PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERT
  • Depositions: 800+
  • Mediations & Arbitrations: 100+
  • Trial Testimony: 80
  • More than 10,000 properties inspected.
  • RETAINED BY 300 LAW FIRMS IN 23 STATES
  • California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio
  • Nevada, Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa
  • Hawaii, Idaho, Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma
  • Montana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota
  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Standard of Care; Custom and Practice
  • Building & Safety Codes
  • Fair Housing Practices (FEHA)
  • Personal Injury (Slip, Trip & Fall)
  • Premises Liability
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • PROPERTY TYPES
  • Multi-family Units Managed: 25,000
  • Association, Hospitality, & Timeshare Units Managed: 100,000
  • Associations Managed: 1,000
  • Commercial Properties Managed: 1,250,000 sq.'
  • Mobile Home & RV Spaces Managed: 3,800
  • Single Family Units Managed: 3,500
  • Commercial Property Inspections Performed: 900
  • Association Property Inspections Performed: 3,600
  • Parking lots and Parking Structures: Personal Injury; Snow & Ice


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    Dr. J. Nigel Ellis
    Ph.D., Principal, CSP, P.E., CPE
    306 Country Club Drive
    Wilmington DE 19803
    USA
    phone: 800-372-7775
    fax: 302-571-0756
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    Ellis Litigation Support (ELS) is headed by Dr. J. Nigel Ellis a leading authority on fall protection. Dr. Ellis has more than 40 years of safety engineering experience. Based upon his unsurpassed experience and knowledge, Dr. Ellis has performed fall hazard assessments in hundreds of facilities and construction sites and has been retained as an expert witness in approximately 1000 fall-related cases nationwide. Dr. Ellis’ participation has led to multi-million dollar settlements/awards in a number of cases and exoneration of defendants in others.

    Through his work with OSHA and as an ANSI and ASTM committee member, including providing comments and testimony before OSHA hearings, Dr. Ellis has been instrumental in the development of various OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. Dr. Ellis has written the seminal textbook, Introduction to Fall Protection currently in its fourth edition and published by the American Society of Safety Engineers and available for purchase on the ELS web site www.FallSafety.com.

    Dr. Ellis is a founder and board member of the International Society for Fall Protection and is a frequent speaker at the national conventions of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety Council. Dr. Ellis also is a published member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and is a regular contributor to Compliance Magazine the Greyhouse Safet Directory.

    ELS also draws upon its sister company, Ellis Fall Safety Solutions (EFSS), to offer expertise in a wide range of engineering related matters.

    ELS Areas of Expertise:
  • Fall Protection – all areas where fall hazards exist
  • OSHA, ANSI and related building codes, standards and regulations
  • Ergonomics/Human Factors
  • Structural Engineering
  • Slips, trips, friction co-efficients
  • Hunter’s Tree Stand Cases
  • Confined Space Rescue
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    The general industry, construction and maritime standards each have their own requirement for fall protection. A written fall protection plan, a method for updating the written plan and a property means of assessment should all be included in your company's fall protection plan. The following checklist provides guidelines for proper assessment of your fall protection plan.

    J. Nigel Ellis, PhD
    This best selling books on fall protection takes a systems approach to identifying slip, trip and fall hazards and describes the essential elements of a fall protection program.
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    Jon J. Pina, MS, CSP
    368 Rt. 110
    Indiana PA 15701
    USA
    phone: 724-349-7029
    fax: 724-349-3540
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    Jon J. Pina has over thirty years of experience in Safety Management, Loss Prevention, Consultation for Demolition, Construction, Coal, Chemical, Steel and Hazardous Waste Operations.

    Mr. Pina's experience includes Construction Manager, Chemical Plant Operator, Plant Maintenance and Union Pipefitter. He is an independent consultant and is presently on the faculty of Indiana University of PA Safety Science. Mr. Pina has also taught environmental, earth and space science for five years in the Pennsylvania public school system.

    Areas of Expertise
    • OSHA Safety & Health
    • Environmental
    • Asbestos
    • Demolition
    • Construction Management
    • Slip, Trip,& Falls
    • Fire/Explosion Prevention
    • Chemical Plant Operations & Maintenance
    • Defensive Driver
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • OSHA, EPA and DOT Regulations
    3/13/2015 · OSHA
    Case Synopsis: The Plaintiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma. The Plaintiff alleged he was exposed to asbestos from boilers at his high school gym, a private school, where the Defendants supplied the boilers and did the plumbing and heating work. The basis of the Plaintiff s claim is that he alleged he was exposed to dust in the gym. There was no evidence that the dust in the gym contained asbestos fibers and there is no proof that Defendant handled asbestos and certainly no proof that they introduced asbestos into the alleged construction dust. The boilers were located in the basement, in a separate room, and were there during the 1967-68 construction work.

    2/6/2015 · Construction
    Case Synopsis: The Plaintiff, an independent, was injured when he was struck by a pile of concrete forms that fell on him as he was attempting to manually adjust the straps that secured the forms on his flatbed truck. The load of concrete forms were stacked on his truck by the Defendant's forklift operator as a favor to help the Plaintiff remove his materials from the construction site. The Plaintiff blamed the Defendant for improperly stacking the forms on his truck.

    Case Synopsis: Two construction company employees were working on a flat canopy roof when they fell through it and landed approximately 20-25 feet below onto a brick surface at a casino renovation site. Both men suffered injuries as a result of the roof collapse they were working on. They fell through the roof of an existing roof/canopy covering a walkway leading out of a pedestrian tunnel.

    The plaintiff, an employee (housekeeper) of XYZ Co. tripped over a sack of concrete mix while taking out garbage during the second shift. The injuries were severe enough to prevent the employee from ever returning to her job or any job.

    1/2/2010 · OSHA
    The plaintiff, an experienced truck driver working for a new transportation company, drove his rig into a facility to unload the contents. After unloading his tanker, he hooked up the complimentary automatic rinsing apparatus, provided by the receiving facility (host).

    Analysis of a case where the The forklift operator, an employee of a steel mill, was fatally injured when a Euclid R25 off-road rear dump truck backed into him as he drove an industrial forklift. He was killed as he was crushed from the weight of his 5,000 pound forklift as it was struck and overturned by the dump truck.

    1/2/2010 · OSHA
    Analysis of a case where the plaintiff, a truck driver attempted to unload a polyethylene drum of a chemical, weighing approximately 700 pounds, from a pallet placed on the trailer bed by a facility forklift operator.

    Analysis of a case where the plaintiff was injured when he fell approximately fifteen feet while attempting to remove temporary light fixtures. He fell from an elevated mezzanine at a construction project and landed on a concrete floor. The plaintiff was walking in an unauthorized area, referred to as the Controlled Access Zone (CAZ), to all employees the defendant who was placing floor grid pieces in place from underneath with the aid of a scissor man lift.

    1/2/2010 · OSHA
    The plaintiff's estate, filed lawsuit for the death of a company official that was killed from a fall when the stairs collapsed in a building he was walking through to observe existing asbestos containing materials, in preparation to complete a bid.

    Analysis of a case where the contracted scaffolding crew came on in the evening to remove the scaffolding from a ten story boiler of a southern paper mill that they had installed at the beginning of a scheduled outage. The boiler tubes had been inspected and the management of the mill gave the order to remove the scaffolding and prepare for startup.

    1/2/2010 · OSHA
    Analysis of a case where the plaintiff, an engineer doing boiler flue stack gas sampling/analyzing, ran backwards as he was winding up his plastic tubing and fell into an open storm water ditch that received hot water from a boiler continuous blow down line.

    12/31/2009 · OSHA
    Analysis of a case where the plaintiff, an employee of a residential contractor, was seriously injured from electrical shock when he contacted an overhead 7,200 volt electrical line while handling the rigging cable from a hydraulic boom crane operated by another contractor.

    12/31/2009
    Analysis of a case involving a plaintiff who was injured when he was struck by a scissor lift in tight quarters as he was in the process of framing and installing dry wall at a construction site

    12/31/2009 · OSHA
    Analysis of a case where the plaintiff, a laborer working for an asbestos removal contractor, was injured when he fell while removing transite, asbestos containing concrete siding panels, from a barn.

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    Hamilton Consulting
    Steven R. Hamilton
    San Antonio TX 78130
    USA
    phone: 979-864-5631
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    Steven R. Hamilton has over 40 years of experience in the Heavy Truck and Construction Equipment Industry. His extensive experience includes 24 years as a heavy truck and equipment mechanic, DOT inspections, shop foreman, safety trainer, and safety manager up to and including 14 years as an adjunct heavy equipment instructor.

    Certifications:
    • NCCER Certified Heavy Equipment Instructor
    • CEF Certified Craft Instructor
    • Operator Trainer for Industrial Lift Trucks
    • Operator Trainer for Aerial Lifts
  • D.O.T. Compliance Training
  • D.O.T. Audit Preparation
  • D.O.T. Supervisor Substance Abuse
  • Certified Smith System Driving Instructor
  • Background Experience - From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Hamilton served as an Adjunct Heavy Equipment Instructor at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas. During that time, he also acted as a self-employed O.S.H.A. Compliance Training Consultant in the field of construction trades.

    From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Hamilton was employed by Stellar Oilfield Rentals as an Operator Safety Training Instructor where he taught classes per OSHA regulations 1910.178, forklift, and aerial work platforms. He also performed accident investigation, analyzed root cause analysis, maintained DOT regulations and standards, and maintained fleet inventory and communication between different branch office locations.

    Currently, Mr. Hamilton, is Principal at Hamilton Consulting where he provides O.S.H.A. Compliance training and expert witness litigation support. He volunteers his time and experience to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and U.S. state and national parks.

    Litigation Support: Steven Hamilton offers litigation support services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He has been qualified and retained as an expert witness in 7 litigations. His areas of expertise in the field of construction trade include:
    • Powered Industrial Lift Trucks / Fork Lifts
    • Cranes
    • Aerial Work Platforms / Man Lifts
  • Light and Heavy Truck Inspection
  • Light and Heavy Truck Inspection Documents
  • D.O.T. compliance
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    Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE, NSPE, NAFE
    President and Chief Engineering Officer
    3397 Cherrybrook Drive
    Jamestown NC 27282
    USA
    phone: 336-841-6354 (Office) 336-803-1639 (Cell)
    fax: 336-841-6375
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    Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, NSPE, NAFE, is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Forensic Engineer, Machine Design Engineer, Manufacturing and Process Engineer, and OSHA Safety Engineer. He is licensed in 12 states and the District of Columbia currently: NC, SC, VA, WV, GA, FL, TN, NJ, MI, MD, LA, MS, and Washington DC. Mr. Kilpatrick currently serves as an instructor for Northwestern University through their Center For Public Safety and is a firm believer in continuing education.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Kilpatrick has over 20 years of industrial work experience in Industrial Manufacturing Operations, Work Safety, Manufacturing and Process Engineering and Operations, Warehousing, and Material Handling. His expertise is available to law firms and insurance companies on civil plaintiff, civil defendant, and insurance claimant cases. Mr. Kilpatrick also works for criminal defense firms and public defenders in criminal case. Qualified in state and federal court, he has given sworn expert testimony under oath during both deposition and trial.

    Forensic Engineering Services (partial list):
    • Workman’s Compensation
    • OSHA Industrial Safety Regulation 29CFR1910, 1926, 1928
    • ANSI, ASME, ISO, UL, ASTM Standards and Codes
    • Machine Guard Engineering and Machine Guard Safety Requirements
    • Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
    • Lockout / Tagout Safety Requirements
    • Kinetic Energy and Hydraulic Punch and Forming Press Accidents Reconstruction
    • Scaffold, Ladder and Work Platform Accident Reconstruction
    • Forklift Accident Reconstruction
    • Material Handling and Warehouse Storage Rack Accidents Reconstruction
    • Loading Dock Accidents Reconstruction
    • Manlift and Vehicle Mounted Work Platform Accident Reconstruction
    • Crane Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine Hydraulic System Design and Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine / Component Product Defect and Failure Analyses
    • Model Building
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    Mike Parnell
    President/CEO
    9428 Old Pacific Highway
    Woodland WA 98674
    USA
    phone: 360-225-1100
    fax: 360-225-1122
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    Mike Parnell, CEO of Industrial Training International, has over 33 years of experience in the Crane & Rigging Industry. His background includes the design and implementation of crane and rigging operations and training activities, rigging design, OSHA-based inspection programs, accident investigation, development of custom load-moving techniques and training tools, and the development of customized test services. He currently serves as a board member of the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals, Vice Chair of ASME B30 Main Committee, and Chair of ASME P30 Lift Planning Committee.

    Mr. Parnell is a prominent speaker in his field of expertise and his services are available both nationally and Internationally. His clients include companies in the following fields: nuclear energy, aerospace, construction, oil and gas, Defense Departments, and power distribution among many others.

    Mr. Parnell provides Expert Witness services to companies with claims concerning:
    • Crane and Rigging Practices
    • Suitability of Equipment
    • Crane Accident Investigation
    • Rigging Accident Investigation
    • Wire Rope Accident Investigation
    • Failure Analysis
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    6/21/2013 · Construction
    Our industry depends on cranes, rigging and other load handling equipment. The big key to success is having folks who are competent, qualified and capable at multiple levels to be able to safely and effectively get work done.

    5/29/2013 · Construction
    A variety of industries use synthetic slings to move equipment and product on a daily basis.

    4/24/2013 · Construction
    In a fabrication or assembly facility there can be a host of material handling that occurs during the general nature of work.

    3/21/2013 · Construction
    Structural Connection Points for Attaching Chain Hoists (load drifting)

    2/13/2013 · Construction
    Over the last 5 year we have been introduced to the idea of having "directors" involved in the crane and rigging world. To some extent, we have always had them by virtue of other titles such as lift foreman, hoisting supervisor, crane and rigging superintendent and the like.

    11/28/2012 · Construction
    We often learn from our surroundings. By taking a page from other folk's playbooks, we can start to appreciate new solutions to old problems.

    10/2/2012 · Construction
    I keep running into folks who have questions about the ASME requirement for "documented" sling inspections. Most alarming to me is that a misconception has arisen that has caused some facility owners to simply "retire" their synthetic web slings and synthetic roundslings in order to avoid having to perform a falsely assumed "documented" inspection; e.g. single record for each single sling.

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    David K. Merrifield, CSP
    4515 Stonecrest Terrace
    St. Joseph MO 64506
    USA
    phone: 816-364-1540
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    David K. Merrifield, CSP, has over 40 years of experience in Manufacturing and Manufacturing Management. A Certified Safety Professional, he has 23 years of experience in Safety Management, Risk Management, and Litigation.

    Mr. Merrifield is knowledgeable in a broad range of construction, industrial and maintenance tools, machinery, and equipment. He has served as Chairman of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) A92 main committee for Aerial Work Platforms and Chairman of ANSI Z535.6 Safety messages in collateral materials.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Merrifield provides expert testimony and consultation involving Expert witness testimony concerning government and industry standards, warnings, instructions, maintenance and inspections, misuse, hazards and hazard control, duties of parties, fall protection, safety devices, product recalls, and service bulletins. His expertise is available to counsel representing both the Plaintiff and the Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Warnings and Instructions
    • Standards, Regulations, and Industry Practice
    • Safe Design Process
    • Training
    • Maintenance and Inspections
    • Modifications to Machinery, Equipment
    • Misuse
    • Hazard Analysis
    • Hazards in the Workplace
    • Duty of Owners, Users, Operators
    • Fall Protection
    • Safety Devices
    • Product Recalls and Service Bulletins
    • Safety Policies and Procedures
    • Document Creation and Retention
    • Accident Investigation
  • Product Safety
  • Products Liability
  • Construction Machinery
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Boom Lifts
  • Personnel Lifts
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Fork Trucks
  • Telescopic Material Handlers
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Mast Climbers
  • ANSI Standards
  • OSHA
  • Industry Practice
  • Electrocution
  • Tip Over
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    Michelle A. Copeland, CIH
    Certified Industrial Hygienist
    14900 Interurban Avenue South
    Suite 271-B
    Seattle WA 98168
    USA
    phone: 206-729-5018
    fax: 253-449-0613
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    Michelle A. Copeland, CIH is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Seattle, WA who has worked in the field of occupational safety / health for 35 years, assisting employers to implement programs that comply with OSHA regulations and are consistent with occupational health and safety best practices.

    Ms. Copeland has provided long-term strategic safety and health planning, program and training development/implementation, auditing, coaching/counseling, accident investigation, data analysis/presentation, and coordination with company supervision, employees and other stakeholders. She has worked with general industry, mining, maritime and public clients, and on multi-employer construction sites.

    Her work is currently split between consultation and expert witness services. As an expert witness, she has worked for both defense and plaintiff's attorneys, as well as OSHA in-house counsel. Most of her work has been on civil cases, but she has also testified in criminal cases related to occupational health and safety. She has been deposed numerous times and has testified several times in trial settings before a jury.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Work-Related Personal Injury or Illness
    • Exposure - Chemicals, Mold, Noise
    • Multi-Employer Worksites
    • Product Liability
    • Construction Safety
    • OSHA Regulations
    • Hazard Communication / GHS
    • Workplace Emergency Medical Response
    • Industrial Hygiene
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Ergonomic Safety
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Electrical Safety
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    Sandra Whitaker, CSHO
    691 Caribou
    Spring Branch TX 78070
    USA
    phone: 210-216-3566
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    Sandra Whitaker, CSHO retired in 2013 after over 40 years in the Corporate Safety Environment. Credentialed through United States Department of Labor OSHA Training Institute as a Certified Safety and Health Official, her experience has included warehouse operations, manufacturing, food & beverage, and construction.

    Litigation Support - Under the business name On-going Safety & Health Advice, Ms. Whitaker provides expert witness services for plaintiff or defense attorneys. Her proficiency in litigation support and consulting is in case analysis, accident investigation, written programs, US-DOL-OSHA 29 CFR 1910, audits, regulation compliance, record-keeping, and response to citation and inspections.

    Ms. Whitaker has served as an Expert Witness since 2013, with a 99% record on the prevailing side. Her services include deposition, arbitration, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Aerial lift / Scissorlift Operation
    • Back Injury / Manual Material Handling
    • Confined Space Entry
    • Fall Protection
    • Fire Protection / Portable Extinguishers
    • Forklift / Powered Industrial Truck Operation
    • Hazard Communication Programs
    • Injury and Illness Recordkeeping
    • Ladders
    • Lockout / Tagout
    • Machine Guarding
  • Noise / Hearing Conservation
  • OSHA Competent Person Requirements
  • OSHA Multi-employer Worksite Inspection Policy
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safety Inspections
  • Slips and Falls
  • Signs and Signals
  • Stairways
  • Tool and Equipment Safety
  • Warehouse Safety
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    Homer R. Peterson, II, PE, CSP
    1940 Fountain View Drive # 509
    Houston TX 77057
    USA
    phone: 713-706-6215
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    Homer R. Peterson II, PE, CSP, has over 40 years of Construction and Safety experience (17 union, 23 non-union) in various positions such as president, senior vice president, vice president, project manager, and timekeeper.

    Mr. Peterson's responsibilities have included estimating, sales, project management, scheduling, expediting, quality, troubleshooting, and administration, plus 20 years in charge of safety and risk management. Work overseen has included over 350 projects in 21 states and territories of the United States, including airports, bridges, casinos, convention centers, convocation centers, distribution centers, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, paper mills, pharmaceutical plants, power plants, prisons, refineries, schools, stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, steel mills, and warehouses.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Peterson provides consulting services to attorneys, insurance companies, and businesses preparing for litigation arising from either 1) construction disputes or 2) safety issues that have resulted in worker injury or death. His services are offered as a subject matter expert, expert witness, and safety consultant. Mr. Peterson also serves as an arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Safety
    • Falls from Elevation
    • Fall Protection
    • Negligence
    • Occupational Health / Safety Management Systems
    • Personal Injury
    • Safety Standards of Care
  • Wrongful Death Construction
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Disputes
  • High-rise construction
  • OSHA Matters
  • Precast Erection
  • Steel Erection
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    Dr. J.P Purswell, PhD, PE, CPE
    Ergonomics & Safety Expert
    2035 Mulligan Drive
    Colorado Springs CO 80920
    USA
    phone: 719-330-0126
    fax: 719-265-6905
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    Dr. J. P. Purswell, PhD, PE, CPE has extensive experience in Human Factors, Ergonomics and Safety Engineering. He holds a doctorate in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. A member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Dr. Purswell served as the past Chair of the Industrial Engineers PE exam from 2005 to 2009. He continues to serve on the committee which is responsible for the preparation of the national professional engineering examination in industrial engineering.

    Dr. Purswell is the author of more than 20 publications and presentations on Product Safety, Occupational Safety, Printed Warnings, and Auditory Warnings. Examples of products addressed include silica, asbestos, cleaning chemicals, gasoline containers, and recreational equipment. Dr. Purswell maintains NIST-calibrated equipment for the measurement of light, sound, force, and whole-body and hand-arm vibration in addition to standard photo and video equipment.

    Dr. Purswell has been an Expert Witness in the legal industry since 1997. He has been qualified as an expert in state and federal courts across the nation in safety engineering, including safety analysis techniques such as Fault Tree Analysis and FMEA as well as product warnings / instructions and OSHA compliance issues. Dr. Purswell's services include site inspections, document review, drafting Rule 26-compliant reports, deposition, and trial testimony. He has been retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff (40%) and Defense (60%) more than 100 times, has been deposed approximately 50 times, and has testified at trial over 20 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Warning and Safety Instructions
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Chemical Accident Prevention
    • Product Safety
    • Lockout / Tagout & Machine Guarding
    • Trucks and Forklift Accidents
  • Power Tools Safety
  • Hazard Communication - Audible Alarms
  • Employer Safety Training and Supervision
  • Perception / Reaction Time
  • Ergonomic Work Practices
  • Working and Walking Surfaces - Slip, Trip and Fall
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    10/10/2013 · Ergonomics
    In 2005 a summary of "General Duty Clause" citations issued for ergonomic hazards was published (Purswell & Purswell, 2005). That summary showed that the primary area of ergonomics citation activity under the "General Duty Clause" (paragraph (5)(a)(1) of the OSHAct of 1970) by OSHA to that point had been concentrated in nursing homes, peaking in 2002 and 2003.

    The purpose of the current study was to update and expand upon an earlier study performed to review and categorize OSHA accident investigation records for pedestrian-backing vehicle accidents according to whether the backing vehicle had a backup alarm and whether the alarm was installed and functioning as intended. The current study includes an analysis of additional records as well as the business type (SIC code) of the employer.

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    Greg Gerganoff, ASP, CSP, Esq.
    Certified Safety Professional

    Denver, CO
    All States USA
    phone: 303-330-4616
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    Greg Gerganoff OSHA Safety Expert PhotoGreg Gerganoff, ASP, CSP, Esq., is an OSHA / MSHA Safety field and compliance expert with experience in the heavy construction, manufacturing, light rail construction, power plant outages, public schools, oil and gas, mining, pipeline, and trenching and excavation industries.

    As OSHA and MSHA are not mere “guidelines to safety” but federal laws enforceable in administrate hearings and federal courts, Mr. Gerganoff's 12 years of experience as a Licensed Attorney, and additional 17 years as a safety professional (CSP), make him uniquely qualified to research and interpret OSHA regulatory laws (29 CFR 1910 & 1926) and MSHA (30 CFR Part 46). He maintains his license to practice law in the state of Colorado.

    Litigation Support - Understanding the role of case assessment and the value of discovery, Mr. Gerganoff's field safety expertise and legal experience can assist legal counsel at any stage of a safety related case or claim. His services are available to counsel looking to a safety professional as a subject matter expert expecting solid, well researched, sited, and substantiated opinions. No advocacy, just plain, unbiased, well-reasoned and supported opinions. Mr. Gerganoff is retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Safety Training includes but not limited to:
    • PEC SafeLand Core and Basic
    • OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Outreach Trainer Gen Industry
    • H2S Training (in accord with ANSI Z390.1-2006)
    • MSHA New Miner (Surface Metal and Nonmetal)
    • Aerial / Man Lift Operator Training
    • Power Tool Safety and Inspection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Confined Space
  • Trench and Excavation
  • Fork Lift Operator Training / Lifting
  • Fall Protection
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    10/26/2016 · Construction
    During a recent conversation with a friend who had purchased a small construction company he mentioned in passing that one of his employees had injured his ankle on the job but didn't report it to his work comp carrier as it was a minor incident, no days off work, didn't want his rates to go up, why bother. All is good. Right?

    8/18/2016 · OSHA
    Electricity is a vital source of energy in our daily lives. It powers tools, provides light and heat. Our working lives are much improved and efficiency greatly increased thanks to electricity. But what about those situations where power from the grid is unavailable. Well, portable generators are an excellent tool for such a scenario.

    6/24/2016 · OSHA
    Safety culture is a term frequently bandied about in today's business world and sounds as trendy as "mission statements" were years ago. (Let's not forget "best in class". First time I heard this at a company meeting I looked around to make sure I hadn't mistakenly wandered into a dog show. Really?)

    Use fall protection; Use trench boxes when excavating; Lock out Tag Out any time repair or maintenance of equipment involving stored energy is performed; Slips, Trips and Falls are one of the most expensive types of injury. For my sixteen years in safety these safety hazards were always in the forefront of safety concerns for businesses and safety professionals. Guess what? Work related road way crashes is the number one serious/fatal injury cause for U.S. workers. OSHA recognizes this. CDC/NIOSH has generated a white paper studying this fact. Who knew? So here is some info on this number one safety hazard in the US work place.

    4/11/2016 · OSHA
    In the safety world hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping your people safe from unsafe behaviors and/or conditions. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20 foot ladder with tools held in both hands. (This is a fall hazard by the way.) Common sense right? The safety guy who taught me safety had a great response to this attitude, "Few people have any sense (read knowledge) in common (read shared alike)". So while some safety hazards are immediately recognizable others require training to spot and avoid. Training is a key method in avoiding the "Ostrich Zone". One such hazard is Hydrogen Sulfide. You don't want to bury your head facing this hazard. (Won't do much good anyway, Hydrogen Sulfide is heavier then air!)

    3/7/2016 · OSHA
    "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.", so said Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California whose works touched the business world. (He is well known for the "Peter Principal".) Peter's above quote essentially points out that action lacking a clear objective will likely lead to unwanted or unintended consequences.

    2/19/2016 · OSHA
    Hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping employees safe. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20-ft ladder while holding tools in both hands is an obvious fall hazard. While some safety hazards are immediately recognizable, others require training to spot and avoid. One such hazard is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Training is a key method to avoid the "ostrich zone." You do not want to bury your head when facing this hazard.

    1/29/2016 · OSHA
    When personal injury events occur legal negligence actions may arise. Common law negligence is established by plaintiff showing defendant owed plaintiff a legal duty, to conform to a standard of care, defendant breached that duty, plaintiff suffered injury and there is a causal relationship between the breach and injury. FN 1 But what sources of standard of care proofs are available? How does a litigant go about proving standard of care?

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    Paul Gantt is a Safety Engineer with more than 35 years experience in the fields of regulatory compliance, the development and delivery of workplace safety programs and systems. After serving in the Fire Service as Chief Officer, Paul founded Safety Compliance Management. He is the Pesident, and is Principal of a team legal expert. He is a Board Certified Safety Professional, Environmental Health and Safety Trainer and Construction Health and Safety Technician.

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