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Jeffery H. Warren, PhD, PE , CSP
Chief Engineer & CEO
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Jeffery H. Warren, PhD, PE, CSP is Chief Engineer and CEO of The Warren Group. A licensed professional engineer in 14 states, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina as well as a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — all with machine design emphasis. 

Background Experience - A former research engineer for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory, Dr. Warren designed, patented, and built an incinerator to burn radioactive waste. He also taught mathematics and engineering at the University of South Carolina in Aiken. Later, Dr. Warren was chief machine designer and owner of Warren Engineering Company, Inc., which designed and built special machinery for manufacturing automation. He combined his passion for keeping people safe with his knowledge of mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment, and safety to pursue a career in forensic engineering. 

Dr. Warren is a Certified Safety Professional in engineering aspects and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He has investigated more than 2,000 claims involving property damage and injuries related to machinery, equipment, and products since 1987. Dr. Warren is a court-qualified expert in mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment, and safety. He’s also testified in several hundred depositions and more than 75 trials in state and federal court. He has successfully passed Daubert challenges. Dr. Warren was on the committee that authored the ANSI Technical Report, ANSI B11.TR3-2000 entitled, “Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction – A Guide to Estimate, Evaluate and Reduce Risks Associated with Machine Tools.” He regularly investigates personal injury and wrongful death product liability claims as well as property damage claims involving machinery and equipment in both manufacturing and construction workplaces for both the plaintiff and the defense. He has a reputation for thoroughly analyzing each case to provide precise, understandable, fact-based opinions. 

Dr. Warren has a way of making complicated mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment and safety concepts understandable to the ordinary person. He also presents classes and seminars on topics ranging from investigation of machinery and equipment, unintentional injury claims, subrogation and SAFETYTHROUGHDESIGN®. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Machine Design and Safeguarding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety
Welcome to the second part in our multipart blog series examining a young boy's fall and injury at a public playground. If you missed the first part in this series, click www.warrenforensics.com/2017/10/11/children-will-fall-at-playgrounds-what-shall-we-do-to-protect-them-a-multipart-blog-series-part-i/ to read it. In this post, we will highlight some resources that designers of public playgrounds can use to help ensure their designs are reasonably safe.

In 2011, a 5-year old boy was severely injured at a public playground when he fell through a second floor opening around a fireman's pole in a playhouse. He fell more than seven feet and struck a bare concrete floor. We are thankful that he eventually recovered from his injuries. The person who designed and built the playground was accused of negligence. A lawsuit ensued, and eventually settled in favor of the boy.

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Thomas J. Kelly, MSEE, MBA, PE, CFEI
Senior Consulting Engineer
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Thomas J. Kelly, MSEE, MBA, PE, CFEI, Senior Consulting Engineer, is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Maryland, and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. He has both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, along with a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in strategic leadership, from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Mr. Kelly's 25-year career in electrical engineering includes forensic engineering investigation involving industrial electrical accidents, electrical equipment failure analysis, control system failures, including robotics and automation components and scope of damage assessments. He has conducted investigations for arc flash incidents, electrocution and electric shock accidents and lightning strike evaluations. From his large facilities management, Mr. Kelly has a depth of knowledge in building envelope performance, lighting system performance and compliance, low and medium voltage electrical distribution systems, and automated production control systems. Critical data infrastructure systems are a special area of interest including emergency and standby power systems.

Mr. Kelly's experience also includes the design and analysis of Alternative Energy Systems utilizing both solar and fuel cell technologies. A Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Tom is experienced in fire and explosion analysis, origin, and cause investigations. Drawing from prior product design work, he has a wide range of experiences with product defect analysis and evaluating the workmanship of installed electrical systems.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrical Equipment Failures
  • Electrocution and Electric Shock Accidents
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Industrial Electrical Accidents
  • Lightning Strike Analysis
  • Scope of Damage - Estimate of Repair
  • Many people just take for granted that something is just going to work, and in many cases assume that it will work forever. One such device that does not get enough attention is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Simply put, a GFCI is a protective device that compares the current flowing on the hot and neutral wires of the circuit and will "trip" to disconnect power to the circuit if a small imbalance of current is detected. The imbalance of current is an indication of a dangerous alternate path for the current to flow from a damaged line cord or a fault inside an appliance and constitutes a shock hazard to a person.

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    Dr. Sher Paul Singh
    Ph.D., CPP
    1151 Michigan Avenue #120
    East Lansing MI 48823
    USA
    phone: 517-285-3962
    fax: 517-203-0094
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    Dr. Sher Paul Singh, Ph.D., CPP, principal at Packaging Forensics Associates Inc., specializes in the areas of Packaging, Machinery, Transportation, Logistics and Material Handling. Dr. Singh is a Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and has over 26 years of faculty service in the School of Packaging and was the founding Director of the Consortium of Distribution Packaging Research. His faculty and corporate experience includes research and teaching in the areas of Packaging, Transportation and Logistics, Innovative Packaging Materials and Processes, Machinery, Robotics and Sustainability.

    Dr. Singh has published over 200 papers, technical reports and book chapters. As an Expert Witness, he has testified in various lawsuits involving product liability, packaging, damage during transportation and injury from loading and unloading truck trailers and rail boxcars. Dr. Singh has provided his expert opinion in three hundred litigation matters. He has testified in federal, district and international courts. Dr. Singh has served as a legal expert to various Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies and international organizations like the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, USPS, United Nations, World Bank, European Union and ISO addressing problems related to Packaging and Transportation.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Packaging Product Liability
    • Warning & Markings
    • Personal Injury with Packaging and Aerosols
    • Loading and Unloading Injuries or Fatalities on Truck Trailers
    • Damage Claims
    • Intellectual Property - (Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks)
    • Patent Infringement
    • Fire / Flammability
    • Hazardous Material Shipment & Use
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    Michael J. Slifka, PE
    3221 Conservancy Lane
    Middleton, WI 53562
    Serves: All States USA
    phone: 608-692-3096 (cell) or 608-827-5241
    fax: 608-608-827-5243
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    Michael J. Slifka, PE is an internationally recognized Licensed Professional Fire Protection Engineer and Fire Protection Consultant. He has spent over 30 years working to protect others by promoting fire safety.

    Mr. Slifka has served as president/CEO of a leading fire protection engineering company. He acted as Chief of Safety, Fire Protection, and Occupational Health for the Veterans Administration, the world’s largest health care organization responsible for, among other duties, the compliance of 172 hospitals and 225 outpatient clinics to JCAHO criteria. Mr. Slifka served on the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS); the National Bureau of Standards; the National Fire Protection Association; the US. General Services Administration; Rolf-Jensen & Associates; Republic Steel Company; and the Ohio Inspection Bureau.

    Mr. Slifka has investigated hundreds of fires during his fire protection career, and has been qualified as an expert witness in both deposition and at trial in U.S. Federal and State Courts. He is the principal resource to the manufactured housing /building industry on litigation for fire cause and origin, alleged defective construction practices, and wrongful injury and death cases. Mr. Slifka's services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Fire Safety Testing
    • Fire Safety Training
    • Fire Safety Retrofits
    • Electrical Testing
    • Structural Testing
    • Fire Protection Engineering
    • Fire Engineering Consulting
    • Fire Protection Research
  • Building Codes / Standards
  • Inspection / Design Review
  • Stairway & Pathway Design
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • High-Rise Safety
  • Health Care Institutional Safety
  • Industrial Safety
  • Manufactured Housing Safety
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    "Slifka, who recently played a crucial role in winning a $3 million judgment and $25 million in punitive damages, in one case, and in the successful defense of a $4 million lawsuit, in another case, is now a member of Experts.com. "
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    Maximo M. Fuentes
    4005 Manzanita Ave. Suite-6 PMB 507
    Carmichael CA 95608
    USA
    phone: 916-505-7298
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    Maximo M. Fuentes has over 34 years in the Transmission and Distribution Power Industry. He has constructed, maintained, and led line crews as a foreman and line supervisor.

    Experience - Mr. Fuentes has been at the forefront of delivering training to utilities from power to telecom. Leading a team for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, he developed and was in charge of creating the largest service provider for training in 2000 for SBC (Southwest Bell) for their field staff to install the largest rollout of DSL. An ability to move quickly and successfully enabled Mr. Fuentes to open a Northern and Southern California training facility along with a facility in Texas for SBC.

    Mr. Fuentes also assisted in the training and development of the Distribution Outage Application rollout for the Transmission and Distribution department, worked on the early stages of the OMS (Outage Management System) implementation, and developed the business case for acquiring a Work Planning and Electronic Timekeeping solution. He led and directed workgroups installing and providing maintenance on the distribution automation equipment (Smart Grid).

    Litigation Support - Max Fuentes provides professional expertise in the construction, operation, and maintenance of transmission and distribution electric industry's accepted work practices and preferred work methods. His services, available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant, include field investigations, written expert witness opinions, depositions, arbitrations, and testimony involving all types of electrical accidents involving lineworkers and other related electrical crafts trades.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electrocution and Contact with Energized Lines and Equipment
    • Accidents involving Electrical Utility Systems
    • Personal Protective Grounding
    • Electric Utility Work Methods Development and Training
    • Hot stick and Rubber Glove Work Methods
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    Curtis E. Falany, PE
    President & Principal Engineer

    1003 S. Alexander Street, Suite 9
    Plant City FL 33563
    USA
    phone: 352-793-9300 (Office)813-716-2582 (Cell)
    fax: 813-793-9301
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    J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc. has been very effective in litigation support by assisting attorneys in their evaluation of the merits of impending action, in testimony and in consultation with counsel during preparation for trial. We qualify as experts in many fields of engineering practice. We can also assist in locating an expert if the required areas of expertise are beyond our scope. We are available to counsel for either plaintiff or defense and as advisors and experts empaneled by the Court.

    Curtis E. Falany, PE, President and Principal of J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc., has been a forensic electrical engineer and expert witness for over 25 years. Previously, he was the CEO of an electrical design build firm and a principal in a consortium of companies serving the electrical, computer, and communications industries worldwide. He has served as a member of the Florida Electrical Contractors Licensing Board and as the author of the Hillsborough County Florida Electrical Code.

    Litigation Support - As a forensic engineer and expert witness, Mr. Falany has assisted clients in the investigation and resolution of more than 500 cases, both in the USA and overseas. He has given expert testimony in both Federal and State litigation. Mr. Falany has consulted on matters of:
    • Electric Utilities
    • Property
    • Casualty
  • Fidelity
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Construction Disputes
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    Daniel Bak, PhD, PE, FSE
    Contact Rush Porter, Director of Business Development
    8330 Juniper Creek Lane
    San Diego CA 92126
    USA
    phone: 858-587-2874
    fax: 858-587-6749
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    Daniel Bak Fire Protection Engineering Expert PhotoDaniel N. Bak, PhD., PE, FSE, is a licensed professional Fire Protection Engineer. He has over 35 years of experience in forensic engineering; specializing in fire losses, fire protection, fire life safety, fire risk assessment and code analysis. Daniel has performed fire and life safety consulting for facilities both in the US and abroad. He also has taught undergraduate courses in fire and life safety engineering. Daniel is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

    Dr. Bak joined Ivey Engineering in 2016. His responsibilities include specifying and forensically analyzing fire protection and life safety provisions for various types of projects. He performs inspections, testing, building system analysis, computerized fire simulation and code analysis. Daniel also provides technical assistance to clients, writes reports and testifies in depositions, hearings and trials.

    PROJECT EXPERIENCE (partial listing)
    • Rapid Transit System of Singapore, SIngapore
    • Fire Station, Unites States Navy, Guam
    • III Marine Expedition Force Headquarters, Finegayan Naval Station, Guam
    • San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, San Ysidro, California
    • March Air Force Base, March, California
    • 100 Arthur Street, North Sydney, Australia
    • Council Chambers. 174 Phillip Street, Sydney Australia
    • New South Wales Archive Repository, Kingwoods, Australia
    • Allianz Training Center, 12th Level of 2 Market Street, Sydney, Australia
    • Arboretum Gateway Building, Santa Monica, California
    • Westminster Shopping Mall, Westminster, California
    • South Coast Plaza Shopping Mall, Costa Mesa, California
    • Messeturn Tower, Frankfurt, Germany
    • The Merchandise Mark, Chicago, Illinois
    • Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois
    • Culver City Ice Arena, Culver City, California
    • Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, Illinois
    • Skolnick Toys Company, Des Plaines, Illinois
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Culver City, California
    • Mission Viejo Shopping Mall Renovation, Mission Viejo, California
    • Santa Anita Shopping Mall, Santa Ana, California
    • Westminster Police Department, Westminster, California
    • Adjunct Associate Assistant Professor
    For more information, call (858) 587-2874. A detailed resume is available upon request.
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    H. Landis "Lanny" Floyd II, PE, CSP, CESCP, CMRP, CRL, Fellow IEEE
    35 Gina Ct.
    Elkton MD 21921
    USA
    phone: 302-547-4298
    fax: 443-378-5788
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    H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd II, PE, CSP, CMRP, CRL, CESCP, Life Fellow IEEE, has over 45 years of experience in Electrical Safety in the Workplace. His work has advanced the application of Human Factors Engineering, Electrical Technology, and Safety Management Systems in preventing occupational electrical injuries. Mr. Floyd retired from DuPont in 2014, holding the positions of Principal Consultant - Electrical Safety & Technology, and Global Electrical Safety Competency Leader.

    Background Experience - For the past 35 years, Mr. Floyd focused on electrical safety in the construction, operation, and maintenance of industrial and commercial facilities worldwide for DuPont. This included safety management systems, competency renewal, work practices, and the application of technologies critical to electrical safety performance.

    From 1992 to 2014, he led the team that designed and facilitated implementation of a strategy for continuous and sustainable improvement in occupational electrical safety for DuPont Global Operations. This work enabled breakthrough performance in prevention of serious injuries and fatalities from electrical energy in DuPont facilities worldwide.

    In 2013, Mr. Floyd was invited to join the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he teaches in the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Master of Engineering degree program.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Floyd has been providing expert witness services and litigation support for over 10 years. His expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. Floyd's services include consulting, site inspections, testing, reports, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Workplace Electrical Safety
    • Electrical Shock
    • Arc Flash
    • Electrical Safety Management Systems
    • Electrical Codes and Standards
    • NFPA70E & National Electrical Safety Code
    • National Electrical Code
    • Electrical Testing Instruments
  • Electrical Injury
  • Electrocution
  • Electrical Reliability
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Electrical Construction
  • Occupational Electrical Safety
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Overhead Power Lines
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    R. John Miner, P.E.
    President
    12807 Aqua Valley
    Helotes TX 78023
    USA
    phone: 512-506-9007
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    R John Miner Utility Industry Expert PhotoR. John Miner, PE, is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 40 years of experience in the Utility Industry. He is Owner and President of Collaborative Learning, Inc. established in 1995, also doing business as Collaboration Unlimited and located in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, Mr. Miner provides a wide range of management and technical consulting, litigation support, and educational services. His clients include both public and private sector electric utilities, utility and technical associations, educational institutions, and law firms.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Miner provides expert litigation support on matters involving contractual disputes, electrical accidents, and compliance with both the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC - ANSI Standard C-2) and OSHA regulations applicable to electric utility distribution systems. He routinely presents seminars and short courses throughout the U.S on electrical distribution system design, construction, operation, and maintenance as well as electrical safety and the NESC.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electricity and Safety
    • Electric Utility
    • Utility Management
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    • OSHA Issues
    • Electrical Accident Investigation
    • Electric Utility Contracts
  • Power Plants
  • Power Lines
  • Electrical Distribution
  • Substations
  • Electrical Safety
  • High Voltage Accidents
  • Lineman Accidents
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    Helmut G. Brosz
    President & C.E.O
    See Website for USA Office Address
    64 Bullock Drive
    Markham Ontario L3P 3P2
    CAN
    phone: 905-472-6660
    fax: 905-472-6665
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    Brosz & Associates are Electrical Experts headed by President and C.E.O., Professor Helmut G. Brosz, B.A.Sc., D.B.A., F.A.A.F.S., P. ENG., Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Toronto.

    They provide a wide range of highly specialized Forensic Science and Engineering, Accident Reconstruction, Testing, Commissioning, and Technical and Scientific Services. Their staff of specialists and experts have completed over 5,200 assignments since 1970 ranging from electrical accidents and electrocutions to electrical power system investigation and testing of equipment failures including circuit breakers, motors, switchgear, generators, transformers and appliances.

    Their engineering facilities at Brosz & Associates enables them to perform in-depth research, electrical testing, forensic laboratory testing, microscopy, macro photography and photographic documentation, X-Ray testing, infrared testing, high voltage testing, high current testing and more. Most of their testing equipment is portable and they are also capable of producing professional collages and scale models for reports, mediations, depositions and trial.

    Their clients include insurance companies, legal firms, adjusters, risk managers, manufacturers, contractors, utilities, governments and individuals.

    Services Include:
  • Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Failure Analysis
  • Loss Prevention and Mitigation
  • Subrogation Support for the Insurance Industry
  • Electrical Safety and Accident Prevention