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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Occupant Injuries

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

In many vehicle accident investigations, it is necessary to know not only the speeds and motions of the vehicles involved, but the causes of injuries suffered by their occupants as well. Such investigations seek to answer questions regarding occupant ejection, effects of seatbelt use, airbag deployment and body-interior impacts.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Ladders

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

There are over 100,000 ladder accidents annually in the U.S. requiring hospital emergency room treatment. Although many of these result from user misuse, such as an improper extension ladder lean angle against a wall causing it to slip outward, use of a damaged ladder, or failing to lock a step ladder’s spreaders, many ladders fail due to design or manufacturing defects.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Machine Guarding

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

The primary function of all guarding is to prevent an operator or bystander from being injured by a potentially dangerous portion of a machine. Often the hazard involves moving parts with the potential to cut, crush or draw-in body parts, although barrier guards may also be necessary when electrical, thermal or chemical dangers are present.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Golf Carts

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

There are roughly 9,000 golf cart related accidents requiring emergency room treatment in the United States each year. The majority of these accidents are related to either braking, cart rollover or passenger ejection. These problems are common to golf carts due to their open design, lack of seatbelts, poor braking capabilities and the uneven terrains they are driven on.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Fork Lifts & Skid Steers

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Forklifts, industrial trucks, skid steer loaders, bobcats and other similar material-handling machines are often difficult to maneuver and susceptible to a wide range of accidents. Their nature exposes operators and nearby co-workers to falling loads, crushing hazards and lading dock falls.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Doors & Gates

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Doors and gates, whether automated or manual, can pose a serious hazard to users if not designed, manufactured, installed and maintained properly. The different types include automatic doors, overhead garage doors, elevator doors, sliding doors, swinging doors, and automatic gates.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Construction

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Construction sites and equipment present many hazards if proper care is not taken. The space in and around a construction site is often filled with potentially dangerous, high-powered equipment capable of delivering high forces.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Computer Simulation

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

When an understanding of complex motions associated with various accidents is required, computer simulation is an invaluable tool, which allows the modeling and visualization of rollovers and collisions. In addition to vehicle accidents, computer simulation can also be used to create many other systems of masses and contacting surfaces, such as a toppling light pole after it has been struck.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Sports, Gyms & Playgrounds

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Recreation, sports, and gym equipment are subjected to large dynamic forces and must be designed to support these loads and protect users from unintentional hazards. Adequate instructions and warnings may be required if their assembly and proper use are not obvious.

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7/31/2009· Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

Forensic Engineering Experts: Seatbelts

By: Dr. Irving Ojalvo

Motor vehicle seatbelt use provides highly effective protection in frontal collisions for impact angles up to 30 degrees off-center (i.e. between 11 and 1 o’clock). All states have laws requiring their use for front seat passengers, as they have been shown to reduce moderate to severe injuries by 50%. They are less effective when your car is hit in the rear or side and sometimes their locking devices malfunction or the anchorage gives way.

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