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Fred P. Smith
111 W. Canyon Crest Road
Alpine UT 84004
phone: 801-763-8484
fax: 801-763-5755
Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. is a company that specializes in Rapid Product Development. Their engineers have had over 20 years developing the skills of new product design. Their innovative approach to product design can be seen in over 100 patents held by their engineers. When we create a product, we must sell it to our customer. We use resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and written descriptions to communicate our ideas to our customers. We effectively teach them about the product and its merits.

We apply the same skills we use in developing new products to our work as expert witnesses. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges and jurors make good decisions.

Alpine Engineering's Design Experience reaches a number of industries including Refuse Equipment, Hydraulically Operated Equipment, Trucks and Related Equipment, Aerial Lifts, Manlifts, Industrial Equipment, Mobile Equipment, Material Handling, Forklifts, Pallet Trucks, Boom Trucks, Suspension Systems, Garbage Trucks, Front Loaders, Side Loaders, Automated Loaders, Rear Loaders, Rolloffs, Liftgates, Exercise and Sports Equipment, Trucking Equipment, Turf Care Equipment, Farming Equipment.

Alpine Engineering's Comprehensive Services include:

Product Development
  • Innovative Concept
  • Multi-Industry Experience
  • Powerful Design Tools
  • Full Service Fabricating Materials
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Vast Technical Knowledge
  • Intellectual Property
  • Creative Display Presentations
  • Great Reputation
  • Patent & Patent Related Issues
  • Patent Searches
  • Provisional Patent Complete with Illustrations
  • Patent Infringement Review
  • Design Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Electrical
  • Structural Integrity Tests
  • Value Analysis
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    Jon J. Pina, MS, CSP
    368 Rt. 110
    Indiana PA 15701
    phone: 724-349-7029
    fax: 724-349-3540
    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.

    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
    phone: 979-864-5631
    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.

    • 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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    Robert Jasinski, Forklift Safety Professional
    331 La Questa Dr.
    Danville CA 94526
    phone: 925-838-8859
    Robert P. (Bob) Jasinski is a Safety Professional with a broad background in the Materials Handling industry, specializing in Forklift Safety. He has over 37 years of forklift related experience including development of forklift safety training programs for operators and instructors of forklift operators.

    Litigation Support - As an expert witness, Mr. Jasinski has provided forklift accident litigation support in over 90 cases, working with both plaintiff and defense. He has completed approximately 24 depositions. His case histories are many and varied and include numerous forklift injury cases involving serious injuries and fatalities. Mr. Jasinski possesses a thorough working knowledge of accepted safe industry practices pertaining to powered industrial truck applications in addition to OSHA, CalOSHA, and ITSDF (ASME B56) Standards. He is a court qualified, recognized forklift expert in Utah and California. Case summaries provided on request.

    Memberships and Affiliations - Bob Jasinski is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and serves on the Occupational Safety and Health Advisory board of Las Positas College. In addition to his ASSE and material handling industry training and experience, he is an Authorized OSHA 10/30 Hour Course Trainer, holds a certification in Occupational Safety and Health from Las Positas College, and is a graduate of St. Paul Technical College in Electro Mechanical Technology.

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    Dr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE
    315 Commerce Park Road
    North Kingstown RI 02852
    phone: 800-672-6721 or (401) 290-8823
    fax: (401) 667-0993
    Materials Science Associates, LLC provides Expert Witness services for complex Materials, Mechanical, and Biological Systems legal cases. The engineers and scientists at Materials Science provide honest and accurate analysis of alleged Product Failures, Personal Injuries, and Manufacturing Processes. Experts in Biomedical Engineering, Forensics, and Pathology the Experts at Materials Science can assist with retrieval and storage of devices. Materials Science Associates specializes in Multi District Litigation (MDL), Class Action, and Consolidating cases. Materials Science Associates LLC provides the following services to legal teams worldwide:
    • Implant Retrieval
    • Products Liability
    • Medical Devices
    • Evidence Storage
    • Orthopaedic Implants
  • Surgical Devices
  • Transdermal & Fentanyl Patches
  • Controlled Delivery Devices
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Process Review
  • John JarrellDr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in the analysis of complex designs and failures involving materials, mechanical and biological systems. He has been a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, since 1996 and actively involved in Engineering Analysis, Design, Product Development, and Research. He earned three degrees from Brown University, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Biology, Medical Science and Engineering and received Medical training in histology, physiology, microbiology and pathology.

    Dr. Jarrell has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has several US and foreign patents issued or pending covering Photoactive Materials, Active Delivery Films and Coatings for Green Energy and Medical Applications.

    Jay VincelliJay M. Vincelli, M.Sc, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in Computational Analysis of Biomechanical Implants and Aviation Components, Fracture Analysis, and Chemical and Metallurgical Analysis of steel, aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys. With expertise in Medical Device Retrieval, Wear Analysis, and Aviation Failure Analysis, he is actively involved in engineering analysis, design, product development and research.

    Mr. Vincelli has filed for a provisional patent covering a miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass circuit for transgenic mouse testing. He is the author of a peer reviewed publication on a study of laser cleaning and pulsed gas tungsten arc welding of titanium alloy tubes. His collaborative work has been published with investigators at the University of Virginia Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center in Cherry Point, NC.

    Donald MongDonald L. Mong, PI, is a highly experienced Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, Private Investigator, Forensic Photographer, and Certified Master Diving Instructor. He is a 22 year Veteran Police Officer with 15 years of experience as a Traffic Officer. He has investigated over 2,000 traffic accidents, including many fatalities and serious injuries involving automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. He spent 10 years as a Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Instructor.

    Mr. Mong has been qualified and testified as an expert witness in Rhode Island Superior Court and Vermont District Court for cases involving Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Motorcycles. He has assisted multiple jurisdictions with investigations involving fatalities, serious injuries and police collisions. Donald L. Mong has conducted extensive hands-on research and training in traffic accident reconstruction, including conducting over 20 low, medium and high speed crash tests.

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    David K. Merrifield, CSP
    4515 Stonecrest Terrace
    St. Joseph MO 64506
    phone: 816-364-1540
    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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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 30 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Diacetyl, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Engineering Professor at the University of Michigan and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 30 years of experience as an engineering expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, COF testing, recreational vehicle safety (boats, ATVs and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, ANSI, ASTM, UL, CPSC).

    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.

    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
    Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
    Mark R. Lehto & James M. Miller
    James M. Miller, Mark R. Lehto & J. Paul Frantz
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    Dr. J.P Purswell, PhD, PE, CPE
    Ergonomics & Safety Expert
    2035 Mulligan Drive
    Colorado Springs CO 80920
    phone: 719-330-0126
    fax: 719-265-6905
    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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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
    Lubbock TX 79401
    phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
    fax: 214-614-4955

    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...

    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:


    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support
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    Chip Darius, OHST, CET
    110 Court Street, Suite 1
    Cromwell CT 06416
    phone: 860-978-9899 or 800-809-0059 (Toll Free)
    fax: 860-760-6264
    Chip Darius is an OSHA Safety Consultant and Trainer with over 20 years experience in general industry, construction, utilities and emergency services. Mr. Darius is an Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center, teaching courses on OSHA regulations for over a decade.

    Mr. Darius is a Forensic Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant with experience in both plaintiff and defense cases, in state and federal matters. He has testimony experience in depositions and at trials. He is available to review and evaluate cases, frame legal arguments, assess the merits of a case, conduct incident investigations, and perform site inspections. He is a Member of the American Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association.

    Mr. Darius has authored 3 guidebooks and multiple articles, and has designed more than 200 specialized courses in safety and trainer development. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut.

    Mr. Darius has also been a certified Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years.

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    Bransford Pickett, PE
    PE Mechanical Engineering
    1356 Santa Olivia Road
    Chula Vista CA 91913
    phone: 619-977-7693
    fax: 619-781-8752
    Bransford Pickett, PE, BSc, MScBA, has over 25 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. His expertise includes design and review of material handling equipment, material handling management, and ship board systems. Mr. Pickett offers litigation support services for Accident Investigation and Reconstruction covering failure analysis, process simulation, regulatory compliance, equipment reliability, and personal injury / safety. His materials handling and engineering services are offered to attorneys, insurance and end user companies nationally and internationally.

    Mr. Pickett is an alternate member on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers B30 committee on Safety Codes and Standards for cranes and rigging as well as a member of several subcommittees. He is also a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers P30 Committee- Planning for the Use of Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Cableways and Lifting Accessories.

    Mr. Pickett is a California Registered Professional Engineer, and holds a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a MScBA in Finance from San Diego State University. He has qualified as an expert witness in the State of New York Supreme Court and the State of California Supreme Court.

    Accident Investigation:
    • Man baskets, Forklifts, Scissors Lifts, Aerial Lifts, Rigging Gear, Hydraulic Jacks, and Hydraulic / pneumatic Lift Systems, Automotive Lift Systems, Conveyors, Pallet and Packages Conveyors, Pneumatic Systems, Machine tools, Boats, Barges, and Elevators
    • Tower, Mobile, Bridge, Truck, Portal, Container, Jib and Floating Barge Cranes, and Derricks
    • Operator training compliance to National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, NCCCO, requirements for tower crane, mobile crane, overhead crane, articulating crane operator training and certification, signal person, and rigger certification
    • Compliance covers applicable national and international standards that include the ABS, ASTM, ASM, ASME, ANSI, WSTDA, ALI, etc. and DIN, EN, FEM to list a few. National regulations include state and federal OSHA requirements as well as DOE, military specifications and standards
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