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Dr. William Howard, MBA, PE
Atlanta GA
USA
phone: 770-331-2283
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William S. Howard, PhD, MBA, PE is an Electrical / Mechanical Engineer who specializes exclusively in the field of Industrial Machinery and Equipment. He has many years of experience in the design and development of many different types of industrial machinery (in a wide variety of manufacturing industries). As a practicing design engineer (with current machinery design business), he has vast experience designing and developing machinery to meet patents and trade secrets (and to avoid the patents held by others). He is an expert in forward and reverse engineering of machinery.

William S. Howard is an experienced Expert Witness with many years of experience, including trial experience. He accepts cases in Intellectual Property (Patent and Trade Secrets), Contract Disputes, and Tort.

LIST OF SERVICES OFFERED

Expert Witness - Expert Witness legal assistance is available to Individuals and Manufacturers involved in litigation arising from industrial machinery and equipment. This includes Intellectual Property (Patents and Trade Secrets) and complex Tort.

Machinery Safety Audits - Given the recent changes in applicable OSHA regulations and ANSI standards (as well as the advances in Safety technology), a Safety Audit of machinery and industrial equipment is highly recommended to help eliminate machinery hazards and prevent accidents and injuries.

Machinery Design Consulting - This service, geared towards Manufacturers, provides machinery design recommendations and directions for improving the efficiency, reliability, and/or through-put of machinery (both existing or proposed).

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Thomas H. Burtness, PE
2195 Wagon Trail Rd.
White Heath IL 61884
USA
phone: 217-687-2000
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Thomas Burtness Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoThomas H. Burtness, PE, is an Electrical Engineer specializing in both Electrical and Building Construction - equipment selection, specification, and installation (actually “working with the tools”), as well as cost control techniques.

Background - Mr. Burtness has 40+ years of experience in the design, specification, construction contract administration, installation, startup, and troubleshooting of electrical power, on-site generation, distribution, control, and instrumentation systems and equipment for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal occupancies. His experience also includes water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment plants, and military facilities.

Additional expertise includes Illumination Engineering for street, roadway, and area lighting including photometric footcandle requirements, calculations, field verification, equipment specifications, installation, and analysis of failure, glare, overlighting and underlighting.

Litigation Support - Since, 1981, Mr. Burtness has been providing forensic electrical engineering services to insurance companies and attorneys including accident and failure investigations, determination of cause and origin, litigation support, expert opinions, reports, and testimony. His services are available nationwide, with PE registration by comity available in most states.

Cases Involve:
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Personal Injury
  • Fire
  • Equipment and Machinery Failure
  • Failure of Safety Circuitry
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Damage and Fire
  • Construction Defects / Contract Claims
  • Design and Specification Disputes
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    Dr. Paul Eason, PE, CFEI
    4600 Touchton Road,Building 100, Suite 150
    Jacksonville FL 32246
    USA
    phone: 904-279-9300 or 888-504-5454
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    Paul Eason is a Licensed Engineer, Nationally Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Forensic Consultant. His expertise comes from a strong background in industry and academia. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Florida, and maintains a graduate faculty appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Florida.

    Dr. Eason has testified in numerous trials and depositions in the following practice areas: Product Design & Manufacturing Analysis, Metallurgy & Materials, Fire & Explosions and Industrial Accidents

    Areas of Expertise:

    Product liability and failure analysis, Product Defect & Safety Issues including: Metals, Plastics, Glass, Ceramics, Corrosion, Fatigue, Overload & Material Selection

    Fire and Explosion analysis including: cause and origin determination, product related fire causation, industrial process accidents, dust explosions, welding/brazing accidents
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    Don Skaff
    Managing Director
    Worldwide Availability. Offices in Singapore & UK
    111 Deer Lake Rd, Suite 100
    Deerfield IL 60015
    USA
    phone: 800-326-5075 and Local 847-559-3000
    fax: 847-559-3010
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    Envista Forensics is a global leader in Forensic Engineering & Recovery Solutions. They provide Cause & Origin, Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigations, Accident Reconstruction, Damage Evaluations and Equipment Restoration Services following disasters of all kinds. Envista has served the insurance, legal and risk management industries for over 25 years. Their Experts travel globally from 19 offices located across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Singapore.

    Envista's experience counts when equipment, systems, structures, or data have been threatened by catastrophe or litigation. Their experts and advisors determine cause and responsibility, and identify the nature and extent of damage or loss and provide a full range of solutions to protect their assets. Envista's technical professionals are trusted advisors and industry leaders. Their expertise is broad and deep, capable of withstanding all forms of scrutiny. Envista's services are available globally so that certainty is assured no matter where in the world it is needed. As the recovery from disasters has grown more complex, Envista has developed a comprehensive array of services to help their clients and has associates located around the globe to provide assurance no matter the type of loss or location of the disaster.

    Envista helps attorneys quickly get to meaningful answers on the many technical issues at the center of a dispute. Their engineers have decades of experience working with both defendants and plaintiffs. They offer effective Expert Witness Testimony, with the ability to communicate effectively, build rapport with juries and judges, and maintain adherence to structured, methodical approaches in drawing conclusions are all extremely critical. LWG Consulting understands how critical the selection of an expert can be, and we understand what makes experts effective. Their court qualified experts have extensive experience providing expert testimony on a wide variety of engineering and technical matters.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Aviation & Aerospace
    • Biomechanics
    • Construction Defects
    • Digital Forensics
    • Electrical Injury & Electrocutions
    • Causation
    • Chemical
    • Computer / Network Equipment Failure
    • Construction Defect
    • Disputes over Reparability of Damage
    • Electrical Failure
    • Equipment Restoration
    • Fire & Explosion Analysis
    • Equipment Restoration
  • Industrial / Manufacturing Equipment
  • Materials Failure
  • Mechanical Accidents
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Medical / Laboratory Equipment
  • Product Failure / Liability
  • Project Management
  • Structural Failure
  • Subrogation
  • Utility & Energy
  • Valuation of Structures or Equipment
  • Vehicle Accident Investigation
  • Workplace / Premises Accidents
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    2/18/2014 · Medical
    All is quiet at 10:30 pm until a nurse notices water on the 2nd floor hallway. Building maintenance is called and discovers a ruptured pipe fitting in a bathroom on the 2nd floor. The water is shut off at 10:45 pm but unfortunately the damage has been done. It is later discovered that water penetrated through perforations in the ceiling in the CT suite on the 1st floor exposing the 16-slice CT gantry and patient table to water.

    1/14/2014 · Machinery
    The role that water plays in our existence is well understood. Without it, most living things will rapidly wither and die. Equally catastrophic of course, are the consequences of too much water. Not only to living things, in terms of widespread flooding, but also in terms of damage to machinery and equipment from exposure to water.

    Is it possible to differentiate between lightning related surges and artificially generated electrical surges?

    E-Discovery is the process of collecting and exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) that is requested during the discovery phase in civil litigation.

    3/14/2013 · Corrosion
    An ominous cloud of smoke continues to billow as the sprinklers rain water throughout the facility. The production manager's mechanical and electrical equipment is rapidly deteriorating, and within hours, the previously pristine equipment normally used to manufacture precision circuit boards will have a thin coating of flash rust with further damage forthcoming.

    1/25/2013 · Damages
    Doctors and nurses need to make quick, educated decisions to minimize the impact of difficult situations. These decisions are based on the practitioner's years of experience, their education, the science and technology available, and with the assistance of critical analytical and diagnostic equipment.

    11/19/2012 · Damages
    A water pipe breaks in a healthcare provider's facility, saturating an MRI control cabinet. The manufacturer is called in and spends $200,000 on attempted repairs. The unit still doesn't work. The manufacturer says the entire unit needs to be replaced, at a cost of $240,000.

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    Edward E. Elson, MSME, MA MANGT
    President
    4356 E Claytor Circle
    Anaheim CA 92807
    USA
    phone: 714-974-1264
    fax: 714-974-0148
    Edward E. Elson has over 40 years of Engineering Experience including research and development, design, manufacturing and management activities in the Medical Device, Packaging, Toy, Consumer Product, and Aerospace Industries. He holds 30 U.S. Patents, 27 in the medical device field.

    EDUCATION:
    • Adobe Illustrator: North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
    • SolidWorks 3D Design: Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
    • Graphics Design: University of California, Irvine, C
    • MA Management Peter Drucker School of Management: Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
    • MS Mechanical Engineering: (Bio-Medical Minor) University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • BS Mechanical Engineering (Deans List): Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
    ORGANIZATIONS:
    • Member, Society of Plastic Engineers
    • Institute of Packaging Professiona
    • Member and former Board Member, Forensic Expert Witness Association (Orange County, CA)
    • Former member of AAMI Standards Sub-Committees: Human Factors for Medical Devices, IV Catheters, Humidifiers & Nebulizers
    AREAS of EXPERTISE:
    • Product Design
    • Patent Infringement, Validity, Trade Marks
    • GMPS, Labeling, Packaging for Medical Devices
    • Syringes, Needles, Catheters
    • Thermal Heating, Thermal Cooling Devices
    • Laser / Thermal Hair Removal Devices
    • Dermal Abrasion Equipment
    • Costume Jewelry
    • Patient Transport Gurneys
    • Patient Walkers, Gait Trainers, Design, Labeling
    • Surgical Staplers
    • Surgical Fluid Warmers
    • External and Implanted Drug Delivery Devices, IV Pumps
  • Failure of Implanted Hip and Spinal Prosthesis
  • Performance and Failure of Pedicle Screws
  • Valuation of Prototypes
  • Valuation of Medical Devices, Equipment, Consumer Products
  • Labeling and Packaging
  • Chiropractic Devices
  • Dental Burr and Drill Failures
  • Defective Seating
  • Exercise Equipment, Pilates Devices
  • Injection Molded Plastic Components
  • Drug Container Packaging
  • Defibrillator Design Issues
  • Shipping Carton Integrity
  • Manufacturing and Assembly

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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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    Paul D. Terpstra, PE
    Wisconsin USA
    phone: 608-346-2392
    Paul D. Terpstra, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer who provides forensic engineering litigation support services. He has over 30 years of experience in Mechanical Design, Programming, Electrical Design, and Troubleshooting of Automated Machinery. He applies his Root Cause Analysis skills to reconstruct events and mitigate the consequences of accidents and failures which give rise to insurance claims and sometimes legal action.

    Mr. Terpstra served as Director of Research & Development for Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing, a major supplier of custom assembly equipment, before founding Innalytical Solutions Inc. He has designed equipment used by major manufacturing companies such as Ford, GM, GE, Potter & Brumfield, Borg Warner, Caterpillar, Siemens, and Rolls Royce. He has been granted six United States patents, three foreign patents, and has two additional US patent applications pending.

    Mr. Terpstra's expert witness services are available to insurance companies and attorneys.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • 3D CAD (SolidWorks CSWP)
    • Machine Design
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
    • Mechanical Design
    • Control System Design
    • Mechatronic Design
    • Motion Control
    • Linear Servos
    • PLC Programming
    • Motion Programming
    • Forensic Engineering
    CNC Programming
  • Vision Inspection
  • Problem solving / Trouble-shooting
  • Machinery Repair
  • Control System Upgrades
  • Control System Retrofits
  • CNC Retrofits
  • Automation
  • Assembly Processes
  • Project Management
  • Failure Analysis
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    Dr. Reza Mirshams, P.E.
    Principal
    Frisco TX 75034
    USA
    phone: 469-777-6684
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    Reza Mirshams, PhD, PE, is an independent Professional Engineering consultant with degrees in Industrial Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in his field of expertise.

    Dr. Mirshams' research experience includes engineered materials: Alloys for Aerospace, Automotive, Structures, Construction, Plumbing, and MEMS Applications. In particular, his research involves:

    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials-microstructure Relations
    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Corrosion Analysis
    • Mechanical Properties of Materials in Nano and Micro Scales
    • Study of Advanced Materials for Structural Applications in Mechanical Systems
    Reza Mirshams provides litigation support services for matters regarding Forensic Materials Failure Analysis and Metallurgical Engineering Analysis. His expertise is in finding the root cause of failures due to metallurgical inconsistencies and operational causes, and flaws in manufacturing processes. Dr. Mirshams' Expert Witness services are offered to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense across the nation.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Failure Analysis of Materials and Structures
    • Equipment Failure Analysis
    • Consumer and Industrial Product Liability Evaluation
    • Corrosion Failure Analysis, Corrosion by Fire
    • Welding Failure Analysis
    • Fractography, Fracture Analysis
  • Materials Characterization
  • Forensic Metallography & Fractography
  • Intellectual Property / Patent Infringement
  • Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
  • Heavy Equipment Accidents
  • Tubular Product Failure
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    Dr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE
    President
    315 Commerce Park Road
    North Kingstown RI 02852
    USA
    phone: 800-672-6721 or (401) 290-8823
    fax: (401) 667-0993
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    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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    Robert A. McNeese
    Conveyor Consultant
    ALL STATES USA
    phone: 228-623-5131
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    Robert A. (Bob) McNeese is a Professional Conveyor S.M.E. Subject Mater Expert with close to 40 years of conveyor system experience in most every aspect of conveying systems. Mr. McNeese offers his services to the conveying industry to enhance operations, maintenance, and overall safety performance as well as providing 3rd party factually based non- partial overviews and opinions to legal counsel as an expert witness for the purpose of fair litigation.

    Consulting - Bob McNeese has worked to improve efficiency and safety with companies such as Chevron, Southern Company, International paper, DuPont, and various shipping bulk terminals. He offers his unique services to alert customers to the ever changing OSHA, MSHA, ASME, regulations surrounding industrial conveying equipment. Several delivery methods are available to insure the new information and changes are introduced to the jobsite at the core of the workforce (site safety audits, safety topics, banners, labels, safety seminars)

    Litigation Support - Mr. McNeese is an expert in all industrial areas of Conveyors and Bulk Handling Systems. He provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. McNeese provides expertise on issues concerning industrial conveyor system accidents and safety concerns as a result of manufacturing, installation, operation, or maintenance.

    Specific Areas of Expertise:
    • Refineries
    • Port Facilities
    • Storage Transfer Facilities
    • Power Plants
    • Mines
    • Chemical Plants
    • Grain Elevators
    • Fertilizer Plants
    • Paper Mills
    • Food Processing
    • Coal Handling
    • Cement
    • Pet Coke
  • Wood Chips
  • Iron Ore
  • Lignite
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Salt
  • Plastics
  • Grain
  • Fertilizer
  • Aggregate
  • Tire Shredding
  • Waste
  • Various Dry Chemicals
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    John L. Ryan, BSME, PE
    Business Headquarters:
    PO Box 7
    Poncha Springs, CO 8142
    Offices in: CO, MI, AR, USA
    phone: 855-627-6273
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    John L. Ryan, BSME, P.E. is a Mechanical Engineer who provides general Mechanical and Structural Engineering expertise. Mechanical and Safety Engineering (MASE) provides full service analysis and accident reconstruction of products involved in accidents. Mr. Ryan's services have been requested for attorneys and insurance companies needing forensic engineering expert witness testimony to determine whether machinery and products involved in injury cases were adequately designed or whether they have a Design, Manufacturing, or Material Defect. All products are lab-tested on site to determine adherence to industry standards and engineering design protocol. Alternate preventative designs are developed when none exist commercially.

    Mr. Ryan is available for both Plaintiff and Defense, depending on the individual case. His services include producing high quality reports and visual aids in the courtroom such as scale models to help explain accident scenarios and alternate designs to judges and juries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
    • Machine Guarding Accident Investigation
    • Ladder Failure Investigation
    • Design Defect Analysis
    • Structural Analysis of Buildings
    • Product Liability Investigations
    • Crash Data Retrieval
    • General Engineering Injuries and Issues
    • Industrial safety
    • Engineering Continuing Education
    • Product Certification
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    Tree stand accidents occur frequently during hunting season, causing a variety of injuries from broken bones to paralysis and death. Tree stand accidents involve a variety of causes, including falls from the tree stand, collapse of the tree stand, fires, self inflicted gunshot wounds, and asphyxiation. A study by the Center for Disease Control examined hunting accidents from 1979-1989. 214 of 594 deer hunting related accidents involved tree stands. 52% of these tree stand accidents were due to falls from the stand, 32% were due to collapse of the tree stands.

    This issue of Forensic Clues is the second installment of an examination of ladder accidents. Last month we explored stepladders, this month we will be discussing extension ladders. Ladder accidents are a very common occurrence. Over half a million people annually seek medical attention due to ladder accidents. Over three hundred people are killed yearly in these often preventable accidents. This is a serious problem.

    Ladder accidents occur frequently, often with very serious consequences. Ladders are tools that people use repeatedly, at home and on the job. The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) states that there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries annually due to ladders in the United States.

    7/27/2015 · Engineering
    The nursery rhyme involving Humpty Dumpty is a child's first lesson in safety. What would keep Humpty Dumpty safe as he is sitting on the wall? A warning or a railing?

    6/29/2015 · OSHA
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 1,600 and 2,000 amputations occur annually due to power press operation. Another 18,000 people receive less serious injuries annually. Injury statistics compiled by OSHA for the years 1975 through 1983 confirm these figures. These numbers are alarming and unnecessarily high. Power presses can be used safely when the presses are properly designed to minimize the hazard that the operator is exposed to.

    5/26/2015 · Machinery
    Every year there are thousands of debilitating injuries and deaths on farms. Many of these are related to power take-off's (PTO's). PTO shafts are used to power various farming implements, from mowers, hay balers, augers, and many other types of farming machinery. The PTO shaft was invented in the 1930's. The PTO shaft is essentially a shaft powered by the tractor engine that rotates at high speeds, providing power for a wide array of implements. While this provides a convenient source of power to drive farm implements, serious accidents can occur due to entanglement in PTO's. PTO's must be properly equipped with guards including master shields which covers the stub shaft and universal joint. These shields prevent inadvertent contact with the rotating machinery. Contact with unshielded rotating PTO parts can instantly pull a person into the PTO, causing catastrophic damage.

    Rock and ice climbing have become increasingly popular in recent years. Climbing is now a popular form of exercise and adventure, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately the greater numbers involved in the sport has led to greater number of accidents. Climbing gyms have brought climbing to areas without outdoor rock resources. These indoor gyms use artificial holds to simulate rock walls. Indoor climbing gyms typically have climbs ranging from twenty feet to fifty feet, or more. Bouldering areas are shorter in height, with adequate padding to protect climbers from falls without the need for ropes.

    While many accidents involving products are the result of a product defect that leads to injury of the product user, accidents can also be the result of a failure caused by lack of maintenance or inspection. This issue of Clues will examine the theory behind failure to maintain accidents, as well as provide examples of common accidents that are due to a lack of maintenance.

    Material science is a broad field that has applications in numerous fields. In product injury cases, material science can help identify defects, determine causes of accidents, determine failure modes, and identify inconsistent manufacturing processes.

    1/21/2015 · Product Liability
    No one likes to see children get hurt, especially when it could be prevented. Poor design, manufacturing defects, material defects, assembly errors, and the lack of a hazard analysis can result in hazardous products that injure people. Many products are put in stores that may have never been looked at by a design engineer and/or a safety specialist.

    Fishing and boating accidents result in thousands of injuries each year. The U.S. Coast Guard reported 3331 injuries and 709 fatalities due to boating accidents on both recreational and commercial vessels. There are many causes for these accidents, including collisions with objects or other vessels, drowning, electrical and mechanical failures, interaction with unguarded machinery, and others. There are various acts and laws that govern accidents at sea. This issue of Forensic Clues will examine some of the preventable accidents caused by defective machinery and equipment that occur at sea, and a brief overview of the laws and regulations affecting product liability litigation related to maritime accidents.

    Paintball is a fun activity for all ages, and can be a safe sport if proper precautions are made. Serious eye injury can occur if a paintball impacts the eyeball, making goggles and facemask a requisite part of paintball. Accidents happen in backyard paintball games most frequently, but also at commercial paintball operations. This Clues will examine the typical preventable paintball accidents, as well as examine product failures that can lead to accidents while playing paintball.

    Accident reconstruction involves attempting to determine the sequence of events of an accident and is a crucial part of product liability cases. Understanding exactly what occurred in an accident gives an engineer the best chance of preventing the accident from occurring again. Often there is limited information to base conclusions on what really happened in an accident. Understanding what goes into accident reconstruction will help attorneys understand what information is crucial to this process. Witness testimony is unreliable at best but must be analyzed and cross referenced with the other available information.

    Lawnmowers cause over 50,000 emergency-room visits every year, based on NEISS data on consumer product injuries. These injuries are distributed evenly between ride-on and walk-behind style mowers. The necessary cutting action of a mower results in an inherent hazard, until technology is developed that can cut grass but not living tissue. While various safety advances over the years have reduced the amount of injuries, the extremely high number of accidents related to mowers that continue to occur show the need for further enhancement of product safety.

    Machine guarding accidents cause many accidents and fatalities every year, despite the availability of modern safety technology. In the years from 1992-1996, one study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported annual injuries due to workers being caught in machinery of 34,350. In 2012 contact with an object or equipment had the second highest workplace fatality rate at 712 deaths.

    6/10/2014 · OSHA
    OSHA was created through the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. OSHA's mission is to ensure worker safety by creating and enforcing safety and health standards. OSHA does many good things to help maintain a safe workplace, but manufacturers often try to hide behind the shield of OSHA, putting blame on an employer for unsafe machinery or working conditions, when often the machinery was never safe to begin with. Some standards promote safety and some standards protect the manufacturer from product liability law suits. Most industrial standards are voluntary, unless they are specifically referenced in a Code of Federal Regulations / OSHA standard. OSHA standards are Federally mandated and are enforced by the Federal government.

    Stored energy is accumulated energy, which can release suddenly, potentially causing serious injury or death. Stored energy has many forms, including pressurized gases and liquids, stored mechanical energy, stored electrical energy, and gravitational potential energy. Stored energy is particularly dangerous because the hazard still exists when the original source of energy is removed. This issue of Clues will explain the various forms of hazardous stored energy, how these energies can cause damage or injuries, and how to prevent stored energy accidents.

    Table saw accidents occur frequently, often resulting in serious accidents when the operator comes in contact with the saw blade. The difficulties in guarding table saw blades with conventional guarding techniques often leads to ineffective guards that are removed by saw operators due to their lack of function and flexibility.

    2/26/2014 · Failure Analysis
    A significant number of elderly persons experience falls every year. In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries involving elderly people were treated in emergency rooms around the country. In the same year, 21,700 elderly people died as the result of unintentional falls. Falls for elderly people are extremely hazardous as they may not recover from fractures and other injuries.

    1/22/2014 · Product Liability
    Product Liability Reform has affected many attorneys, consumers, and experts negatively while failing in its goal of greater American competitiveness. This issue of Forensic Clues is dedicated to addressing the problems of tort reform, how this affects you, and what you as an attorney can do to reduce your costs and increase your chances of a successful product liability case, assuming that the case involves a legitimate product defect.

    A recent failure of a ski lift in Wisconsin has received much media attention. While accidents such as these are rare, they do occur. Much more frequent are accidents involving collisions with other people or objects. This issue of Forensic Clues will examine the types of accidents that occur on the mountains.

    11/11/2013 · Failure Analysis
    Powered winches are in use in a variety of applications, some of the most common include vehicle-mounted electric winches, marine vessel winches, marine recovery winches, industrial winches and chain hoists. Accidents occur in all types of winch uses.

    Between 1982 and 1996, 2,795 people died riding all-terrain vehicles, ATV's. This was found in a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Over thirty percent of the riders killed were under the age of sixteen.

    9/26/2013 · Failure Analysis
    In 2007, an estimated 15,147 lives were saved from seat belt use. Seat belts save five times more lives than airbags, according to statistics released by NHTSA. Seat belt use has increased over the years, due to cultural trends, and possibly due to the enactment of seat belt use laws. Seat belt systems do not always function as predicted. Seat belt systems can fail during a collision, often resulting in serious injury or death to the vehicle occupant.

    Farming is a dangerous occupation. Tractor rollover accidents have been killing people since the 1920's. In 1990, the National Safety Council estimated 460 people were killed while operating tractors. Tractor rollover caused 239 of these fatalities. Another estimate suggests a more conservative number of annual fatalities - 132, that are the result of tractor rollover accidents. In a four-year period in Pennsylvania alone, 72 people died as a result of tractor rollover accidents.

    Automobile collisions result in damage to property and injuries to people. Compensation is sought through insurance claims, law suits, and product liability claims. Knowing when injuries are more or less severe than is warranted by the damage level involved in the collision is important information. This can help people involved on both sides of litigation or settlements.

    7/23/2013 · Warnings & Labels
    Warning labels are an indelible part of our society. Warning labels are everywhere - on our food, on our drinks, on our sweeteners, on our cars, on our tools, on our cigarettes. As consumers we are constantly barraged with multitudes of warnings, cautions, don't do this's, don't do that's.

    Safety Engineering Resources has had the opportunity to learn a great deal about using fiberglass in structural applications, which are simply applications that must support some sort of load. Using fiberglass as a structural material was brought about by the advances made by organic chemists in recent decades in the field of plastics.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that approximately 95,000 injuries occur each year due to forklifts.

    5/14/2013 · Failure Analysis
    Two and a half million rear-end collisions occur every year. Rear-end collisions are usually caused by driver inattentiveness.

    Structural failures of buildings range from catastrophic building failures involving mass loss of life and/or property to structural problems such as sagging floors or ceilings, leaning walls, cracking or sinking foundations.

    Golf cart accident frequency has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. A study by Watson, Mehan, Smith, and McKenzie (Golf Cart-Related Injuries in the U.S., American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2008) of NEISS data found 147,696 people were treated in emergency rooms for golf cart accidents between 1990 and 2006.

    12/27/2012 · Engineering
    Knowing when a personal injury case is due to the action or inaction of another party, or when responsibility falls fully on the injured party, can be a difficult distinction to make. At Mechanical and Safety Engineering, we have been investigating personal injury cases for decades.

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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
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  • ANSI Standards
  • OSHA
  • Industry Practice
  • Electrocution
  • Tip Over
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    C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE
    1146A LeRoy Stevens Rd.
    Mobile AL 36695
    USA
    phone: 251-639-3433
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    C Kendall Clarke Expert PhotoC. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE, has 40 over years of experience as a degreed and registered professional engineer in the field of Metallurgy and Material Science. He offers expertise specifically in the areas of metallurgy, fracture mechanics, corrosion, and welding.

    Dr. Clarke has expertise estimating failure stresses from fractures to produce an engineering root cause failure analysis. Examples include a cruise ship breakaway, exhaust stack cracking, aircraft fuselage fatigue, and pressure vessel explosions.

    Dr. Clarke has industrial experience in ship building, chemical plants, paper mills, and manufacturing. He is published in the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, among others. He is an active member in the Alabama and National Societies for Professional Engineers, the National Association Corrosion Engineers, and American Society for Testing and Materials.

    Litigation Support - Retained over 400 times, Dr. Clarke is a testifying expert with experience in writing thorough reports and defending them in deposition and trial. He is qualified to testify in state and federal courts. Dr. Clarke's goal is to provide solid engineering testimony in deposition thus to help in case settlement. He works with attorneys to educate them on the technical issues and to help produce mediation and trial presentations of complex issues on a layman's level for the jury.

    General Areas of Litigation Case Experience (multiple cases):
    • Accident Investigation & Failure Analysis
    • Axle Failures / Fractures
    • Corrosion
    • Fasteners (Rivets, Bolts, Blind Fasteners)
    • Fracture Mechanics
    • Industrial Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Metals – Strength & Fatigue
    • Product Liability
  • Stress Fractures
  • Welding / Spot Weld Failures
  • Wheel Failure
  • Pressure Vessel Failure Reconstructions
  • Truck Under Ride Bar Failures
  • Tree Stands for Hunting
  • Heat Exchanger Failures
  • Maritime Components
  • Equipment Fires
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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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