Kenneth J. Shorter, MS, CSP, ARM, TCDS, is the President of Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc., a professional corporation set up to provide Safety Consulting Services, management evaluations, accident investigation, training, and forensic services. Mr. Shorter has over 30 years of experience Managing Safety for local, regional, and national organizations in the fields of construction, general industry, fleet, government, and marine operations.
Mr. Shorter has his Masters Degree in Safety and Professional Certifications in Safety, Risk Management, and Traffic Control Design. An ANSI A10 Standards Committee Member for Construction and Demolition Operations, Mr. Shorter has extensive experience managing safety on large projects constructing buildings, roadways, rapid transit systems, tunnels, bridges, hospitals, etc.
Consulting Services Include:
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Mark A. Jackson, PE, has over 35 Years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. For clients around the world, he has successfully solved design challenges, analyzed designs, intelligently and quickly developed prototypes, and tested the designs for achievement of design intent.
Prior to starting Blue Dolphin, Mr. Jackson spent 17 years as an engineer at various companies in a variety of industries including: Abex Aerospace Division where he developed Hydraulic Axial Piston Pumps and Actuators for the Space Shuttle, the Stealth bomber and Boeing aircraft; Sunrise Medical® (Quickie®) where he designed the industry's first Titanium Alpha Alloy wheelchair and the world's first composite wheelchair; and Keiser® Sports where he designed one of the world's bestselling Aerobic Fitness bikes: the Power Pacer®.
Mr. Jackson's innovative thinking has led to several patents and many new products including: Rex EMS, LLC RexONE™ – patented design and winner of the 2010 EMS World Expo Innovation of the Year award; Sunrise Medical® Quickie® Pulse™ – patented suspension for the Pulse™ power wheelchair; Raindrip® – Simple Drip™ products – the original Clamp and Pierce system, and the In-line Hose Thread Filter / Regulator; and McLellan Industries – Control by Wire Roll/Pitch/Yaw Hydraulic Manipulator for Mill Liner Handlers.
Litigation Support: Mark A. Jackson provides expert witness services to attorneys or insurance companies involved in Machine Failure/ Machine Injury litigation, Product Liability, Vehicular Accidents, and Patent Opinions. He has participated in hundreds of projects involving machine design and product development. Mr. Jackson has provided numerous depositions and is qualified in Los Angeles and Fresno County superior court.
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Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant assisting forestry equipment manufactures, forestry products manufacturers, forest management companies and logging companies with training and logging systems evaluations. Dr. Lanford has over 35 years of experience developing business plans, performing cost benefit analyses, and evaluating businesses for companies involved with forest engineering and manufacturing concepts. Dr. Lanford has offered forest management advice, equipment, and logging system selection consultation for various companies including Caterpillar, Timberjack, Valmet, Melroe, and Ponsse. Selected Consulting Experience Includes:
Curtis Engineering Consulting Services, Inc. is a Railroad Engineering firm with significant contributions in the Freight and Passenger Vehicle Transportation industry. With projects around the nation, consulting services include:
Principal, Richard D. Curtis, PE, is a Professional Engineer, Consultant, and Technical Expert with over 40 years of significant contributions in the Freight and Passenger Vehicle Transportation industry. His experience includes design, development, procurement, leasing, operation and maintenance of locomotives, freight cars, and rail passenger cars (intercity, commuter, transit & light rail). As a technical consultant to MBTA, CTA, NYCT, WMATA, Phoenix Valley Metro, NICTD, UTA, BART, CALTRANS, IDOT, and many more, Mr. Curtis has provided technical expertise in an oversight role to:
Mr. Curtis has also been responsible for industry leading innovative design and development on Double Stack Intermodal Cars, Auto Rack Technology, RoadRailer®, Unit Train Coal Cars, Covered Hoppers, and Heavy Duty Special Purpose Cars.
Dennis W. Eckstine is an expert on cranes, aerial work platforms, various types of lifting equipment, heavy duty trucks, carriers, and other similiar construction, industrial and agricultural equipment. He has held senior positions in engineering, quality, product safety and reliability for major manufacturers including representing the company at trial.
Through his active involvement in current standards committees, his education, and his engineering and product safety experience at Grove Worldwide, Mr. Eckstine brings a solid scientific and practical background to his clients. He was previously Vice President, Senior Director of Product Safety & Reliability, and Director of Engineering Administration for different major manufacturers. He possesses a BSME and MBA.
Mr. Eckstine started as a full time employee in the construction equipment industry in 1971 for Grove. He is currently a member of numerous committees within the organizations of ANSI (American National Standards Institute), SAE (Society of Automotive Engineering), ISO, and National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Mr. Eckstine was the founding International Chairman of ISO TC 214 for Elevating Work Platforms. He is currently International Chairman of ISO TC 96 SC 6 for Mobile Cranes, and a Commissioner of CCO.
Frederick Heath has over 40 years personal experience in management, consulting and expert services in the fields of design, manufacturing, testing of hydraulic, pneumatic and electro-mechanical lifting and load bearing machines, equipment and devices.
Industry Experience includes automotive, construction, industrial, material handling, warehousing and transportation.
Forensic Engineering includes product liability, accident investigation, reconstruction and expert testimony,
Incidents involves industrial trucks, aerial work platforms, forklifts, telehandlers, tuggers, pallet jacks, automatic storage and retrieval systems, dock boards, dock levelers, trailer restraints, trailer jacks, racks, conveyors, overhead bridge cranes, trucks, shop cranes, scissors lifts, shop cranes, automatic doors and lift gates.
Heavy Equipment involves telehandlers, powered industrial trucks, automatic storage and retrieval systems, gantry cranes, truck cranes, tower cranes, cranes with hydraulic booms, cranes with lattice booms, grapple and magnet equipped excavators, and side boom cranes.
Conformity issues involves environmental, health and safety, warnings, instructions, training conformity with recognized standards, codes, industry practices and government regulations.