Kenneth J. Shorter, MS, CSP, ARM, TCDS has over 30 years of experience planning and managing Construction and Demolition Safety for local, national, and international companies, including an extensive range of projects from rapid transit systems, airports, highways, hospitals, and landfills to tunnels, bridges, marine projects, and underground utility systems. He recently directed safety for the $1.3 billion expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Throughout his career, Mr. Shorter has been responsible for investigating and explaining why a wide range of complex accidents happened and how they could have been prevented. Mr. Shorter has his Masters Degree in Safety and Professional Certifications in Safety, Risk Management, and Traffic Control Design. He is a member of the ANSI A10 Committee for the Safety of Construction and Demolition Operations which produces the national consensus safety standards for the industry. His expertise extends beyond OSHA to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, ANSI, NFPA, and a wide range of other consensus standards. A highly qualified Expert, Kenneth Shorter provides litigation support services for both Plaintiff and Defense. Areas of Expertise:
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Firm Profile: American Crane Training, Inspection & Certification, Inc. (AmCrane) is a multi-disciplinary professional firm that provides crane and heavy equipment training, inspections and certification across the US. AmCrane offers accident reconstruction and expert witness testimony NATIONALLY in Crane, Aerial Lift, Equipment Safety and Management Fields.
Professional Experience: Mr. Burt Thorpe is a qualified Expert Witness in cranes, aerial lifts and heavy equipment with over 35 years experience in crane safety, equipment ownership and operation. His experience includes 4 1/2 years with the largest road and bridge contractor in the Southeast, with company wide responsibility in all cranes, rigging, critical lifts and operators. Mr. Thorpe spent 10 years as the Secretary/Treasurer, General Manager of a multi-office, multi-state equipment dealer and owner of cranes and aerial lifts. Duties included their purchase, new and used sale, rental, inspection, maintenance, repair, assembly, disassembly, transport and management.
Direct Hands-On Experience In:
- Mobile Cranes and Boom Trucks
- Overhead Cranes and Hoists
- Aerial Lifts (boom type lifts, scissor lifts & bucket trucks)
- Tower Cranes
- OSHA compliance General Industry (1910)
- OSHA compliance Construction (1926)
- ANSI standards
- Bridge Beam erection and Pile Driving
- Multi-Crane and Critical Lift Engineering
- CCO Certified Crane Operator (all mobile, tower crane & rigging)
- CCO Authorized Practical Examiner (all above classifications)
- Certified Equipment Manager-AEMP
- Certified Safety Person
- OSHA "Outreach" Instructor-Construction and General Industry 10 hr & 30 hr
- Emory University-MBA
- Hofstra University-BA
Memberships: ASSE, AGC, AEMP, NSC, CFSC Trades Worked: Millwright, Teamster, Ironworker, Crane Operator
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Murat Okcuoglu is an Automotive Engineer and Designer with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with most United States and European automotive manufacturers.
Mr. Okcuoglu has invented and developed QuadraDrive, VersaTrak, and various other traction control and all wheel drive systems which went into production on many make and model vehicles including Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Mustang Cobra R, Dodge Viper R/T, Buick Rendezvous, Pontiac Aztec, Saturn Vue, Chevrolet Venture, and Oldsmobile Silhouette.
Driving race cars for 40 years, Mr. Okcuoglu has tested and developed vehicles with all major U.S. and most European manufacturers and manufacturers' on proving grounds around the world. He has unparalleled experience on both the hands on and academic aspects of automotive engineering and vehicle systems.
Mr. Okcuoglu has produced several publications and papers and has been awarded 9 U.S. and over 7 foreign Patents. He currently works as an independent consultant, doing research mostly on Vehicle Dynamics and Electronics.
Litigation Support - Murat Okcuoglu provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His experience includes approximately 70 depositions and testimonies in Federal and State courts. Mr. Okcuoglu's services include site review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
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Donald L. Hess, President of DLH Associates, Inc., has been providing expert witness services to attorneys and other clients, including Analysis of Vehicle Crashes since 1997. His specialty is crashes involving Commercial Motor Vehicles, including trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses.
With well over two million miles of safe cross-country trucking experience, followed by over 20 years as a driver trainer and creator / administrator of commercial driving programs, Mr. Hess is well-qualified to provide analysis of what drivers are trained to do in specific situations and circumstances, what federal and state regulations call for and require, and all aspects of the safe and proper operation of commercial motor vehicles. As a motorcyclist with over 45 years of riding and training experience, he is also qualified to comment on accidents involving motorcycles.
Mr. Hess has been nationally-recognized as a leader in safety and training issues, is a winner of the American Trucking Associations Million Mile Driving award, and was a winner of the Truckload Carriers Association Lee Crittenden award. Over his long and successful career in trucking and education, he has held numerous national board and officer positions in trucking and education.
Litigation Support - Mr. Hess is uniquely qualified to analyze and comment on driver behavior in virtually any situation, and has established a solid reputation as an expert witness in crashes involving trucks and commercial vehicles for both Plaintiff and Defense in about 300 hundred cases across the country since 1997. His experience includes significant deposition and trial testimony.
He possesses a unique combination of training, hands-on experience, and education that combine to position him as a leading expert in all facets of trucking. Mr. Hess still maintains a valid, current Commercial Driver License fully endorsed for Combination Vehicles, Doubles-Triples, Tankers, Hazardous Materials, Motorcycles, and Buses. He also holds a USDOT Medical Exam Certificate and CDL and medical maintained without interruption or fault since 1971.
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Fall Protection – all areas where fall hazards exist OSHA, ANSI and related building codes, standards and regulations Ergonomics/Human Factors Structural Engineering Slips, trips, friction co-efficients Hunter’s Tree Stand Cases Confined Space Rescue
Christina Comisarek has over 40 years of experience in and around the Transportation industry, 25 of which have been spent driving over 2 million miles accident free. She is a Certified Director of Safety, Certified Driver Trainer, and has managed a small trucking business for over 10 years. Ms. Comisarek serves as a Transportation Consultant, Driver Safety Trainer, and Expert Witness.
Background: Ms. Comisarek gained first-hand experience, good business sense, and a strong, solid work ethic working for her family's two businesses. Over the years, she's had a variety of roles in the transportation industry, such as loading and unloading, local deliveries, linehaul, school bus driving, driver / safety training, and managing a small trucking company. Ms. Comisarek continues to drive part-time to stay current in the industry. She takes every opportunity to enhance her skills and background, either through first-hand experience or by attending courses such as Accident Investigation.
As a Consultant, Ms. Comisarek assists trucking companies in areas such as streamlining their operations, risk management situations, driver recruitment and retention, and Employee handbooks. Her Safety Training is done either in the classroom or on-site currently, and soon will be offered online.
As an Expert Witness, Ms. Comisarek has worked with top expert witness firms and is pleased to currently be working with NECSC, LLC, providing sound consultation to attorneys through report writing, depositions, and successful trial appearance.
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Greg Gerganoff, CSP, Esq., possesses extensive experience in the safety compliance and practice involving OSHA and MSHA. He obtained is law degree from Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School and practiced general civil law forapproximately 12 years in Colorado prior to entering the safety profession. He earned a Certified Safety Professional certification and has 18 years field safety experience in mining, oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, power plant outages and light rail construction.
His professional safety experience includes OSHA / MSHA Safety field work and compliance 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.
Litigation Support: Mr. Gerganoff assists with discovery questions regarding safety matters. Safety opinions based upon statutory, administrative, judicial rulings and related industry association safety policies ancillary to OSHA and MSHA. Mr. Gerganoff is retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defendant.
Some of the subject matter litigation he has handled include:
Level 1 FMCSA inspections Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) post crash inspection CMV crash investigation Driver qualifications Safety Programs Trucking industry standards Cargo-tank truck incidents CMV loading/Off-loading cases (van, cargo-tank, flatbed) CMV wreck involving hazmats Loading rack explosions/disasters Litigation support Trial preparation consulting Courtroom testimony Commerical vehicle accident investigation NIMBY hazmat Highway construction zone incidents CMV loading and offloading investigation Level 1 FMCSA audits Load securement incidents
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