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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Codes & Standards

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Codes and standards specify criteria necessary to ensure that a product, material or process will consistently and safely perform its intended function. Although standards provide minimum design requirements, conforming to a standard is not always sufficient in preventing an accident.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Motorcycles

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Motorcycles, like passenger cars, are capable of high speeds and must share the road with other vehicles. However, unlike passenger cars, motorcycles are capable of rapid accelerations, offer little protection to the operator during a collision and require special skills to maneuver effectively.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Electric Shock

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Electric power and electronic appliances are so integrated with modern life that there is a high degree of likelihood that everyone will receive one or more electric shocks in a lifetime. In many cases, only trivial power levels are involved.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Falls

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Second only to automobile accidents, falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths. Of these, accidents due to slipping or tripping form a large proportion. Slips and trips occur on floors, streets, walkways, stairs, etc.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Human Factors

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) is a branch of science, which is concerned with man’s interaction with his universe. Thus, it is not simply the study of pure science (e.g. sound or light), but rather man’s understanding and reactions (e.g. to hear and see).

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Retail Stores

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Supermarkets, pharmacies, home improvement, and department stores expose their customers to many potential accident sources such as floors and aisles, which can become unsafe, and display merchandize that can topple or cause tripping. To prevent such accidents from occurring, these establishments should maintain routine scheduled inspections to insure that unsafe conditions are detected and corrected before accidents occur.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Structural Analysis

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Structural failure can often produce catastrophic results. In many cases, the damage seen after the accident is not indicative of the cause of the initial failure. Fortunately, based on physical evidence, an investigator can frequently determine how and why a structure failed.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Power Saws

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Approximately 125,000 serious injuries occur in the US each year related to the use of portable and fixed power saws. Lacerations and similar injuries, such as abrasions and avulsions, account for over 90% of these, which generally occur to males and result in losses in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

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7/22/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Lighting & Visibility

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

A person’s interaction with his environment comes largely from visual cues. Without this information, a pedestrian can trip over an unseen object or a driver might not detect a dangerous situation. In order to avoid these hazards, a person requires adequate lighting and should be provided with appropriate illumination for a given task.

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7/22/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Vehicle Accident Reconstruction

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of incidents producing injury in the US. The main issues in litigating automotive accidents involve vehicle speeds, seatbelt usage, airbag deployment, vehicle component failure (e.g. steering, braking), roadway design, occupant biomechanics, rollover, visibility, etc.

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