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Jason Young, BESc., MASc, PEng
2770 Dufferin Street, Suite 207
Toronto ON M6B 3R7
Canada
phone: 416-630-0700
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Jason Young, BESc., MASc, PEng, is the lead investigator and President of Advantage Forensics Inc., a multi-disciplinary forensic engineering firm based in Ontario with service across Canada and the U.S. Their team of renowned and well-respected experts at Advantage Forensics have conducted thousands of forensic investigations in the following areas of expertise, at fair rates, with tremendous success for insurance defense and plaintiff clients
  • Collision Reconstruction - pedestrian, nighttime visibility, motorcycle, bicycle, trucks, data recorder download & analysis, multi-vehicle freeway collisions, computer simulation, winter maintenance, snowmobile, Segways
  • Human Factors - reaction times, driver behavior, road design & signage, warnings & labels, product misuse
  • Slips, Trips & Falls - friction testing, staircase building code assessment, fall hazard assessment
  • Biomechanics - seatbelt use, injury thresholds, fraud investigations, fall dynamics
  • Product Failure - materials failure, design assessment, safety factor testing
  • Playground, Fitness Equipment & Sports Accidents
  • Waterpark, Pool, Zipline & Amusement Ride Accidents
  • Fire & Explosion Investigation
Their team of over 25 experts and consultants is led by Jason Young, a licensed professional engineer and seasoned expert with over 20 qualifications at Superior Court level and Arbitrations as an expert in Collision Reconstruction, Human Factors, Mechanical Engineering, Road Design Assessment, Waterslide Design, and Biomechanics. Mr. Young has a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and is also a Certified Playground Inspector and Certified Level 2 Zipline & Challenge Course Inspector. Mr. Young has taught numerous courses on Collision Reconstruction, Human Factors and Biomechanics to academia and is a sought-out expert panelist at insurance and research conferences in those fields. Mr. Young is a long-time member of CATAIR, HFES, and ASTM, and has contributed to numerous research papers and standards in collision reconstruction, human factors, and product design.

Visit their website at www.aforensics.ca/ for more information regarding their team of experts and services. They offer reasonable hourly rates or fixed quotes that are guaranteed within 10%.

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Harvey C. Voris
Principal Owner
8381 Deepcliff Drive
Huntington Beach CA 92646
USA
phone: 714-350-6160
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Harvey C. Voris’ entire engineering career has been devoted to the Fitness Industry. He has over 35 years of Fitness Equipment Design experience and has been issued 7 U.S. utility patents.

Mr. Voris has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from UCLA with a specialization in Bio Structural Mechanics. His Masters in Engineering is from Cal State Long Beach where he specialized in Fatigue and Failure Analysis. Mr. Voris has spent 21 years devoted to the development and promotion of safety standards for the fitness industry. He has authored numerous standards and has chaired the ASTM committee devoted to fitness standards development since 1995.

Litigation Support - Mr. Voris provides engineering analysis and accident reconstruction related to consumer and fitness products and facilities. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defense. With 35 years of experience, a biomechanics background, and extensive experience in design and product testing, Mr. Voris speaks with authority on the following critical issues:

Product Liability - Patent Development - Patent Infringement - Facility Risk Management - Standards Compliance

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James M. Miller, PE, PhD
Founder
2392 Fuller Court
Ann Arbor MI 48105
USA
phone: 734-662-6822
fax: 734-747-9712
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The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

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

Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


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

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






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

Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
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Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
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Kent B. Godsted, PE
Athletics & Recreation Expert Witness
663 Beechwood Drive
P.O. Box 938
Nancy KY 42544
USA
phone: 606-875-8600
Kent B. Godsted has over 25 years experience as Expert Witness in Fitness and Fitness Equipment, Sports and Recreation, Exercise Technique, Weightlifting, Intellectual Property and Mechanical Devices. He has over 45 years working and consulting experience in new product and process planning, research and development. Mr. Godsted has served in 147 cases (116 plaintiff, 31 defense) with 42 depositions and 6 trials.

Education and Certifications:
  • BSME 1966, MSME 1982 – Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Professional Engineer certification in IL (retired) and KY (retired)
  • 8 U.S. patents
  • Personal training certification 2007 YMCA

    References available upon request.
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    Douglas Baumgarten
    Owner
    42218 Terrazzo Ter.
    Stone Ridge VA 20105
    USA
    phone: 301-448-5499
    fax: 888-750-2869
    Douglas Baumgarten, M.S., offers consulting and expert witness services related to Fitness, Health Clubs, Exercise Equipment, Personal Training and Sports. Mr. Baumgarten is a graduate of Harvard University and California University of Penna. (M.S. Exercise Science). He is a certified Health/Fitness Director (Amer. Coll. of Sports Medicine), Performance Enhancement Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Bike Fitter, cycling coach, and baseball/softball official.

    Mr. Baumgarten has 35+ years in the fitness industry, as personal trainer, manager, consultant, equipment dealer, President of a large fitness company, and owner of SportFit Consulting. He has over 12 years' experience as a legal expert, on cases from equipment accidents to health club employee conduct. He works with both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified in civil and criminal courts.

    Mr. Baumgarten has contributed to Fitness Management magazine, Boardroom magazine, Club Management magazine, and other publications. His expertise also includes facility design and layout, as well as exercise equipment safety and efficacy.
    Every club struggles with safety and liability issues. In addition to OSHA, state, and local regulations governing employee safety, clubs must take every reasonable precaution to protect their members from harm – while still offering a satisfying service experience

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    TM McLellan Research Inc.
    Tom M. McLellan, PhD
    25 Dorman Drive
    Stouffville Ontario L4A8A7
    Canada
    phone: 905-642-0659
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    Tom M. McLellan, Phd, is an Exercise and Environmental Physiologist whose expertise is in understanding the limitations of working in Protective Clothing, as well as developing strategies to Optimize Physical and Cognitive Performance During Sustained Operations.

    Consulting / Litigation Support - Dr. McLellan works as a consultant researching and writing articles for clients in the United States and Canada’s Department of Defense. He also provides service as an expert consultant for legal firms and as an expert witness for the effects of caffeine in energy drinks. Projects include research support to the US Army, University of Ottawa, and Defence R&D Canada.

    Dr. McLellan's areas of expertise include:

    Exercise Physiology:
    • Respiratory Physiology
    • Acid-Base Regulation
    • Blood Lactate Response
    • Ergogenic Aids
    • Nutritional Supplements
    • Immuno-inflammatory Response to Acute and Chronic Stress
    Heat Strain in Protective Clothing:
    • Aerobic Fitness
    • Heat Acclimation
    • Hydration
    • Gender
    • Menstrual Cycle
    • Body Composition
    • Work / Rest Cycles
    Background Experience - Dr. McLellan worked as a Defense Scientist at Defence R&D Canada in Toronto for 27 years before retiring from the Public Service in 2012. Dr. McLellan’s research expertise evolved during the original Gulf War in 1991 when the Allied Forces were in need of evidence-based recommendations for operating in the extreme environments of the Middle East while wearing Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Protective Clothing.

    Dr. McLellan conducted numerous laboratory trials to study the influence of fitness, hydration, heat acclimation, sex, circadian rhythm, body composition, microclimate cooling, metabolic rate and the environment on heat tolerance while wearing the NBC clothing. His research led to work and rest guidelines for Canadian Forces personnel and other NATO Forces wearing the protective clothing. In addition, he was contacted and subsequently developed similar guidelines for the Toronto Fire Service and other Fire Services across Ontario, which led to a citation award from the Toronto Fire Service in 2004.

    Dr. McLellan also established an expertise on the use of caffeine during sustained military operations to maintain physical and cognitive performance during these overnight clandestine operations that provide little opportunity for sleep. Together with military scientists in the United States and New Zealand several evidence-based field trials were conducted with Special Forces personnel to document the benefits of using a caffeinated gum during overnight periods of sleep loss. The findings led to the production of Stay Alert gum for use by deployed service personnel.

    Author / Educator - Dr. McLellan has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and government reports. Dr. McLellan was presented with an achievement award for outstanding collaborative research within the international community of military scientists four times over his career. He held adjunct appointments at York University in Toronto, was a full professor at the University of Toronto and currently holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario. He also served as an Associate Editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise for 7 years.
    12/15/2014 · Exercise & Fitness
    Energy drinks (EDs) contain caffeine and are a new, popular category of beverage. It has been suggested that EDs enhance physical and cognitive performance; however, it is unclear whether the claimed benefits are attributable to components other than caffeine. A typical 235 mL ED provides between 40 and 250 mg of caffeine, equating to doses that improve cognitive and, at the higher levels, physical performance. EDs often contain taurine, guaraná, ginseng, glucuronolactone, B-vitamins, and other compounds. A literature search using PubMed, Psych Info, and Google Scholar identified 32 articles that examined the effects of ED ingredients alone and/or in combination with caffeine on physical or cognitive performance.

    In many occupational settings, clothing must be worn to protect individuals from hazards in their work environment. However, personal protective clothing (PPC) restricts heat exchange with the environment due to high thermal resistance and low water vapor permeability. As a consequence, individuals who wear PPC often work in uncompensable heat stress conditions where body heat storage continues to rise and the risk of heat injury is greatly enhanced.

    11/4/2014
    "Experts.com is proud to announce new member, Dr. Tom M. McLellan. With 30 years of experience in Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Dr. McLellan is available as an expert witness and consultant in matters relating to exercise physiology and heat strain in protective clothing."