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Dr. Stephen C. Wexler, PE, CPE CCS CPE CPMP CVS CBO CMC CSP
Chairman
4132 Del Rey Ave.
Marina Del Rey CA, TX 90292
USA
phone: 310-306-3877
fax: 310-306-7480
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Stephen Wexler Construction Management ExpertExperience: 40 years experience in construction, construction management, safety and related. Unusual combination of safety engineering and construction and civil engineering permits separate areas within construction, safety, and premises liability. 6 years Instructor at UCLA Evening Extension in Engineering & Construction Management, and 4 years US Navy Seabees Instructor for Construction Management - Port Hueneme, CA and Gulfport, Mississippi.

Licenses: Dr. Stephen C. Wexler, PE holds Licenses in Civil Engineering, Safety Engineering and is a "B" License General Contractor.

Services: 50% of business in Construction Management in working with Owners, Contractors & Subcontractors in their Building Programs and 50% of business activity in Forensic Engineering in working with Attorneys in a variety of case types.

Qualified Expert Witness: Testimony over 16 years in + / - 200 trials and + / - 500 expert depositions. Backed by a research staff of engineers. Both plaintiff & defense. High integrity & solid record - No skeletons or conflicting testimony. Litigation savvy with attractive record of Jury appeal.

Other Expertise: Members of Wexco International have additional expertise in: Quality Control; Building and Design Codes; Earthquake / Fire / Flood Damage; Roofing; Waterproofing; Paints; Plaster; Flooring; Critical Path Method Scheduling; Delay Impact Analysis; Accidents relating to Scaffolds, Ladders, Forklifts, Guardrails, Cranes, Manlifts, Use of Tools, Electrocutions, Bulldozers, Stacking; Parking Lots, ADA Regulations; Electric Gates; Construction Area Traffic Control; Roadway Maintenance; Visibility; Lighting.
The subject Case involved the Defendant traveling Southbound on a Freeway in Southern California, when the California Highway Patrol (CHP) performed a traffic stop. The CHP Officer indicated (at the time of the stop, as well as in the official Report) that the cause of the stop was excessive speed (speeding). During the traffic stop, the driver was cited for driving without a valid Driver License.

7/24/2014 · Construction
An employee of a Metal Framing / Drywall Subcontractor fell off a scaffold that allegedly was improperly situated for the work. Additionally, Plaintiff contended that the scaffold had no guardrail (at the time of the incident). The incident occurred during construction of a large mixed use building in Northern California. The result of the fall was a catastrophic injury to the Plaintiff.

6/17/2014 · Construction
The subject property is located in the City of Los Angeles, and is considered to be a landmark property. The improvements on the property were originally constructed in early 1910's. The property consists of: a Main House with a gross living area of 9,400 square feet; a Garage with a 900 square foot Guest House above; and, a 740 square foot Pool House. The three (3) buildings, swimming pool, reflection pond, fountain and gardens are situated on a 36,000 square foot lot.

According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Falls made up 38% (34,418) of all statewide injuries reported.

According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Auto Accidents accounted for 27% (27,415) of all statewide injuries reported. Additionally, motor vehicle accidents in Texas is the leading cause of death for residents under the age of 45, and 3rd leading cause of death to all residents.

3/7/2014 · Construction
Plaintiff was an Apprentice Plumber working at the Construction Renovation of a Coffee House.

2/4/2014 · Construction
The subject of this Case involves two (2) adjoining hillside properties in Pacific Palisades, California. One property (owned by Defendant) is at a higher elevation than the other (owned by Plaintiff). Both properties were developed and graded at the same time (in the 1960's). A sloped hillside is situated between each of the respective property building pads and yardscapes.

1/3/2014 · Construction
Plaintiff was a 5 year old child that fell through a gap between the horizontal railings of at a guardrail at an outdoor observation platform located on a small hill overlooking a lake.

11/27/2013 · Construction
The Project was a remodel of an existing multi-story residence located on a hillside in Beverly Hills, California. The Plaintiffs are the owners of the residence, the Defendant are the Design-Build General Contractors engaged by Plaintiffs to perform various design and remodelling to the hillside property. The Home Improvement Agreement and its amendments (i.e. 2 change orders) were drafted by Defendants.

10/24/2013 · Construction
The Project was a retrofit of a historic theatre that was converted to a Restaurant / Bar / Lounge. The Plaintiffs are the managers and operators of a nightclub in Hollywood, the Defendant are the General Contractors engaged by Plaintiffs to perform renovations. The contract and its attachments were created by Defendants.

10/3/2013 · Construction
The Plaintiff, an Insurance Adjuster, was performing an inspection of the roof of an automobile dealership that had reported damage as a result of wind and rain from a recent Hurricane. The subject roof consisted of corrugated metal panels, and translucent fiberglass panels with a matching corrugated pattern. Additionally, the subject roof had been covered with a white polymer "paint" coating for purposes of energy reduction.

The Plaintiff (Decedent) was using a home , propane powered barbecue grill, when the attached propane tank allegedly suffered a catastrophic material failure, resulting in an explosion, which then caused a fire of the residence. Plaintiff obtained the subject propane tank from the Defendant Retailer, who had provided the tank as an exchange of the Plaintiff's empty tank. Defendant Retailer was not authorized by the Defendant Propane Supplier.

Plaintiff was traveling Northbound in the #1 lane of Frank Sinatra Drive in the Plaintiff's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. At the time of the incident, the Plaintiff was attempting to execute a right hand turn into the main entry at The Bellagio, with the intention of traveling to the employee pick up area, to pick up a co-worker.

7/26/2013 · Expert Witnessing
The Plaintiff, a tenant of the subject apartment building, was on the roof of the building, when the Plaintiff fell through a rooftop skylight located above the apartment building hallway. The Plaintiff had been on the roof with a friend, but was alone at the time of the incident.

At the time of the fall, the Plaintiff was apparently beginning to descend from the top (3rd) level of the scaffold. While transitioning from the top platform onto the ladder that was built into the scaffold frame, the Plaintiff attempted to utilize the midrail as a hand hold, when the midraild gave way. Plaintiff lost his balance and fell to the ground level below.

Plaintiff was the front passenger in a vehicle traveling Northbound on a 2-lane roadway. While traveling through an "S" turn, the vehicle lost control and entered into a critical speed skid.

5/29/2013 · Construction
Plaintiff was a Laborer/Grade Checker who was working at a project involving grading and applying a new asphalt surface to a parking lot. The Defendant was a Contractor that was grading the parking lot utilizing a skip loader.

4/23/2013 · Construction
Plaintiff was an HVAC Technician, who was performing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work at commercial shopping plaza. The shopping plaza buildings were single-story in height, and had exterior fixed ladders for access to the roof.

3/20/2013 · Expert Witnessing
Experts are a very important, and often critical, component of a lawsuit. Aside from all of the traditional elements and facets (Forensic Analysis & Testimony), is the litany of activities that the Expert may play in the initial role of Consultant to the Attorney.

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Brent A. Johnson
Chief Auditor
PO Box 92462
Southlake TX 76092
USA
phone: 817-230-4004
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Brent Johnson Slip and Fall Expert PhotoBrent A. Johnson is nationally recognized in the Walkway Traction Testing Industry and the author of many articles on the application of national standards for Slip and Fall Prevention.

Background Experience - Mr. Johnson served as a facilities manager in the healthcare industry for 12 years before moving to the Floor Safety Industry. In his experience, he has recognized the need for extensive research in the reduction of the risks contributing to slip and fall incidents. He has witnessed, first hand, the physical, mental, and financial devastation that can result from unsafe walkways, thus resulting in his proactive, rather than reactive management philosophy.

During his tenure in the healthcare industry, Mr. Johnson has served on Environment of Care, Safety, and Emergency Management committees for a major suburban hospital network focusing on the prevention of injuries and identification of potential hazards. As a Facility Safety Officer, he has proposed and implemented solutions to minimize risks and enhance the safety for all users of a healthcare facility.

Mr. Johnson’s experience also includes a background in education and the physical sciences which enables him to apply and articulate the physics and properties of the coefficient of friction and it’s implications with walkway surfaces and safety. His ability to apply the scientific standards for measurement of floor safety established by the National Floor Safety Institute and ANSI as part of a comprehensive walkway management program can help reduce the exposure of a facility to litigation as well as create a safer environment for employees and patrons.

Mr. Johnson is a member of ASTM, ASSE, the ANSI B101 main committee and the chairman of the ANSI B101.0 Walkway Auditing Procedure subcommittee. He was the first Certified Walkway Auditing Safety Specialist and is now an instructor for the NFSI’s Walkway Auditor Certification Class as well as a Certified XL Tribometrist.

Litigation Support - Brent A. Johnson specializes is Forensic Walkway Testing in slip and fall cases for both defense and plaintiff attorneys. He offers unbiased, objective walkway test data for slip and fall litigation based on the ANSI/NFSI B101 national consensus walkway testing standards. His services include the coefficient of friction (COF) measurements under both dry and wet conditions.

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Jeremy Swenson, CSP
11940 Cartwright Avenue, Suite 300
Grandview MO 64030
USA
phone: 8165649131
fax: 816-761-5309
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Swenson Consulting offers Snow Removal Expert Witness Services to legal professionals needing assistance with snow and ice removal slip and fall cases. He is a Snow Expert in black ice, sleet, freezing rain, and slick conditions. He is very familiar with the snow and ice removal industry standard operations and practices across the country, and will help determine how this relates to the snow removal agreement or operations in a slip and fall incident or snow related accident.

Principal, Jeremy Swenson, CSP, has satisfied requirements by SIMA (largest nationally recognized snow and ice trade organization-Snow and Ice Management Association) to become a Certified Snow Professional. There are less than 250 CSP’s in the United States Of America. He works with attorneys on defense and plaintiff sides with regards to snow removal, ice treatment and snow removal best practices issues. He works nationwide and will travel.

Swenson Consulting also offers detailed Weather Analysis services and reports for situations surrounding a slip and fall event or accident, and will offer detailed weather expert witness consultation regarding the weather surrounding the slip and fall accident.

Mr. Swenson currently owns and operates Snowmen, one of the largest snow and ice management companies in North America. He is Security Clearanced and trained for onsite snow operations at the IRS Regional Headquarters, FBI Headquarters, Department Of Treasury Buildings, and many types of Airport, Railroad, Organ Transplant Centers, and Medical facilities. After overseeing thousands of commercial accounts over the years, he has worked through most every issue that is relevant to a snow removal operation in the industry.

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Cynthia M. Rando, MS, MBA, CHFP
Human Factors & Ergonomics Consultant
2723 Palermo Ct.
League City TX 77573
USA
phone: 978-660-2808
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Cynthia M. Rando, MS, MBA, CHFP has spent 15 years in the field of Human Centered Design. Ms. Rando is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, a Certified Human Factors Professional, and Certified Birkman Consultant. She received her MS in Human Factors Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Ms. Rando's experience includes 12 years at NASA's Johnson Space Center. During this time, she provided extensive leadership to the organization addressing several critical areas in Human Factors and Human Centered design including: interface design, ergonomics, safety and risk mitigation strategies, usability / user experience, accident investigation and root cause analysis activities. She was also instrumental in implementing several culture change initiatives and innovative solutions for the agency, including crowdsourcing, the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, and the NASA Human Health and Performance Center.

Litigation Support - Ms. Rando provides expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Her services include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. Ms. Rando's ideal clients would be seeking Root Cause Analysis, Ergonomics, and Human Factors assistance in the following areas:
  • Aerospace
  • Medical Device and Environments
  • Workplace Safety
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Slips Trips, and Falls
  • Attention and Distraction
  • Product Design
  • Displays and Controls
  • Driver Behavior
  • Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation
  • Cognition / Memory / Perception
  • Environmental Impacts (lighting, noise, vibration)
  • Risk Perception
  • Stress and Fatigue
  • Training
  • User Testing / Experience
  • Procedure and Instructional Materials
  • Cautions and Warnings
  • Labeling
  • General Human Error
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    Dr. Shakir Shatnawi, Ph.D., P.E.
    Transportation Engineering Expert
    El Dorado Hills CA 95762
    USA
    phone: 916-790-1158 or 916-990-6488 (Cell)
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    Shakir Shatnawi, PhD, PE, specializes in Transportation Engineering and Pavement Design and has over 27 years of practical and extensive engineering and transportation expertise covering industry and public agencies including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). As President of Shatec Engineering Consultants, LLC, he directs engineering operations and performs pavement studies and investigations.

    Background Experience - Dr. Shatnawi served as a principal investigator on multi-million dollar pavement projects. He taught highway and transportation engineering at California State University. He was the QC/QA program manager, the chief of the Pavement Design and Rehabilitation and the chief of Pavement Preservation, and served as the Caltrans State Pavement Engineer. He directed Caltrans’ Pavement Program as a Division Chief and oversaw over 50,000 lane miles with a budget of over $200 million in pavement preservation and over $500 million in pavement rehabilitation.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Shatnawi provides expert witness services, expert testimony, and litigation support to legal entities and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include dispute resolution and failure and forensic engineering analysis and investigations on cases related to:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Highway Design Standards
    • Highway Specifications / Guidelines
    • Public Agency Policies / Practices
    • Pavements
    • Materials
    • Highway Geometric Design
    • Drainage
    • Asphalt
    • Concrete
    • Highway Repairs / Maintenance
  • Construction Quality Control / Quality Assurance
  • Construction Claims
  • Surface Conditions - Friction, Skid Resistance
  • Potholes / Roughness
  • Traffic
  • Highway Safety
  • Signage
  • Sight Distance Requirements
  • Roadside Hazards
  • ADA Requirements
  • Code Violations
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    Michael C. Wright, PE, CSP, CPE
    President
    9363 Detrick Jordan Pike
    New Carlisle OH 45344-9140
    USA
    phone: 937-964-1900
    fax: 937-964-8457
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    Michael WrightMichael C. Wright, PE, CSP, CPE is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years of academic, practical, and specialized knowledge of Engineering, Construction, Safety, Maintenance, Demolition and Training in general industry and construction activities. Mr. Wright's expertise is a definite plus in providing clients with leading edge information and insight. A licensed and practicing engineer, he rounds out his knowledge as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Plant Engineer to provide an insightful and accurate understanding of the issues involved in a case.

    Mr. Wright has completed over 600 hours of specialized safety training, serves on ANSI and ASTM Standards committees and provides a thorough knowledge of OSHA Regulations, Directives and Letters of Interpretation. A recognized author, presenter, and trainer, Mr. Wright communicates the issues clearly for all to understand. His expert witness experience is a balanced blend of defense, plaintiff and OSHA Solicitor cases. Mr. Wright is licensed in 46 states.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Safety Programs
  • Construction
  • Product Liability
  • Fall Protection Programs
  • Suspended Loads
  • Contractors Formwork
  • Leading Edge Work Activities
  • Machine Guarding Safety
  • Concrete, Wood, Steel
  • Ladder Safety
  • Aerial & Scissor Lifts
  • Anchorage Points - Fall Arrest Programs
  • Bleachers
  • Scaffolding
  • Multi-Employer
  • Concrete Formwork
  • Construction & Demolition
  • Roofing
  • Crane Design & Inspection
  • Training Safety Programs (Customized Training Manuals)
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    1/27/2011 · Construction
    The traditional methodology for addressing safety for facilities, machines or products is for owners, architects, engineers, consultants, contractors and vendors to complete the design, engineering, construction or fabrication of a project based on past knowledge, experience and training.

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    Chip Darius, OHST, CET, CSHO
    President
    110 Court Street, Suite 1
    Cromwell CT 06416
    USA
    phone: 860-978-9899 or 800-809-0059 (Toll Free)
    fax: 860-760-6264
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    Chip Darius is an OSHA Safety Consultant and Trainer with over 25 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 since 2002.

    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, assist in framing legal arguments, assess the merits of a case, conduct incident investigations, and perform site inspections. He is an associate 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 35 years.

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    Greg Gerganoff, 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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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
    fax: 214-614-4955
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    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. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    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

    www.ExpertEngineering.com
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    Daniel Rapperport
    8 Wallis Court
    Lexington MA 02421
    USA
    phone: 781-862-9001 or 339-222-2822
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    Rapperport Associates, Inc., provides exceptional capability in Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science.

    We have provided superior technical support for litigation since 1974, and possess an extraordinarily talented technical team with impeccable academic and industrial credentials and proven analysis capability. Our team of distinguished scientists and engineers is drawn principally from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Failure Analysis
  • Structural Design Analysis
  • Metallurgical Failures
  • Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automobiles / Trucks
  • Biomechanics / Injury Mechanism
  • Off-Road Vehicles
  • Occupant Motion
  • Aircraft
  • Animation

  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Cause and Origin
  • Electrical
  • Gases, Liquids and Dust
  • Industrial Processes
  • ........Safety
  • Machine and Industrial Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Construction Failures
  • Slips, Trips, Falls


  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Structural / Civil
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical
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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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    Jeffrey E. Bartrem
    Construction Inspection Consultant
    PO Box 264
    Williamston MI 48895
    USA
    phone: 517-655-6903 or 517-944-1380 (cell)
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    Jeffrey E. Bartrem is a Certified Building Inspector with over 30 years of experience as Residential Rehabilitation Specialist, Building Official, Plan Reviewer, and Deputy Fire Inspector. He has performed tens of thousands of inspection on residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

    Mr. Bartrem's experience includes both national and international projects including ones in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He has vast knowledge and understanding of Construction Practices Assessments, International Code Council, the International Accreditation Service, Basic Building Codes, ICBO, ICC, and the Uniform Building Code.

    Mr. Bartrem has been offering litigation support services for 35 years. He is often called upon to perform thorough research to disqualify opposition reports, depositions, and testimony. Mr. Bartrem has been qualified in many District and Circuit Courts, as well as Federal Courts, and has never been disqualified.

    Jeffrey Bartrem has appeared for builders at licensing hearings, conducted draw request inspections, negotiated for building and business owners with building officials, fire officials and prosecutors, performed complex sale inspections, prepared maintenance forecasts, managed multi-million dollar renovations, as well as represented many homeowners in building code and workmanship claims.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Wrongful Death
    • Premises Liability
    • Property Liability
    • Negligence Actions
    • Building Code Expert
    • Residential Structures
    • Commercial Structures
    • Fire Issues
    • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Zoning
  • Workmanship
  • Water Testing
  • Building Inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Building Code Research
  • Construction Safety
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    Paul Jacobs
    Forensic Audio, Video, Photography Expert
    650 Blackwood Street
    Sacramento CA 95815
    USA
    phone: 916-812-2508
    fax: 916-922-5335
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    Paul Jacobs provides Forensic Photography, Videography, Mapping, Visibility and Audio services to Plaintiff or Defense counsel looking for scientifically accurate event reenactments and documentation.

    Mr. Jacobs collects data that is fair and accurate for use as demonstrative evidence, or to be analyzed by other experts. He typically works in conjunction with accident reconstructionists and human factors experts in controlled event reenactments of incidents. He has experience working with many other subject matter experts in other fields.

    Mr. Jacobs has served as a police officer, then as a commercial photographer, and then under the mentorship of a well established and respected technical expert. He has worked extensively in mapping and 3D modeling as a technical consultant and project manager and has attended numerous classes, workshops, seminars, etc.

    Litigation Support - Paul Jacobs has performed 1,000s of investigations related to vehicle collisions, deaths, and property loss / damage. Since moving to the private sector, he has performed photography, videography, audio, mapping, visibility studies and dynamic testing for civil cases involving vehicle and pedestrian accidents, trip and falls, defamation, property damage/loss, wrongful deaths and maritime accidents.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Photography - Image capture, editing, compositing, HDR, analysis, macro, aerial, rephotography
    • Forensic Videography - Video capture, editing, analysis, and enhancement
    • Forensic Audio - Recording, preservation, enhancement, and measurement
    • Forensic Mapping - Mapping and modeling of 2D and 3D scenes. Measurements of scene elements including topography, lighting, vegetation, and changes.
    • Visibility Studies and Analysis - Measure and document scene elements related to lighting and visibility including contrast, glare sources, occlusions, and anomalies.
    • Dynamic Imaging- Collection of data related to speed and movement.
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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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    Marc H. Richman, ScD, PE
    One Richmond Square, Ste. 105C
    Providence RI 02906
    USA
    phone: 401-751-9656
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    Marc H. Richman, ScD, PE, has been actively engaged in Forensic and Consulting Engineering for over 45 years. He has personally supervised and conducted over 3,000 investigations for individuals, attorneys, insurance carriers, industrial firms, state and federal agencies and commission, and police and fire departments.

    Dr. Richman's educational background at MIT was physical metallurgy and failure analysis. He taught as an instructor at MIT and ran the analytical Metallography laboratory there as well as set up the electron microscopy laboratory at MIT. At Brown, he was director of the Central Electron Microscopy Lab and was very active in Failure Analysis and Fractography as well as Analytical Metallography.

    Dr. Richman has investigated failures of offshore drilling rigs and propeller shaft failures(Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding), helicopter crashes on the Pan Am building and at Newark Airport (NY Airways and Lloyds of London), construction elevator failures (Gilbane Construction and Aetna), bridge failures (Mystic River Bridge upper deck - MassPort Authority), hydroelectric plant shaft failures (McCallum Enterprises), pressure vessel and machinery failures, military equipment and weapons failures, building failures and collapses (US Navy and others), and steel mill production (Italy).

    Litigation Support - Marc H. Richman has testified for both plaintiff and defense in about 175 trials in civil and criminal courts. He has served as Technical Advisor to the US District Court (RI) on patent cases (Hon. Raymond Pettine) and has been a consultant for the US Naval Applied Science Laboratory, the US Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center, Battelle, Texas Instruments, etc.).

    Dr. Richman has provided expert testimony from product malfunctions, to fatal car accidents, to peeling paint on the Pell Bridge, to the Pan Am Building helicopter crash, to water and gas main failures, to metallurgical examinations of murder weapons.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Engineering Investigations
    • Failure Analysis
    • Fire Cause and Origin
    • Product Liability
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Gas Explosions
  • Structural Failures
  • Metallurgy
  • Orthopedic Device Failure
  • Product Liability
  • Machine Guarding
  • Instructions and Warnings
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