Accident prevention expert witnesses are an important part of occupation health and safety. Because accidents can happen in any environment, accident prevention is relevant in a wide range of industries and implemented to protect the safety of employees or any other persons.
Entire safety programs are designed for the sole purpose of preventing accidents and promoting worker safety, the details of which depend on the industry in question. The industrial field, for instance, will have rules and regulations regarding industrial hygiene and the use of chemicals and hazardous materials, while the construction industry will have rules regarding the use of machinery and different types of equipment that are unique to the field. Safety engineering is a discipline that addresses the issue of accident prevention for a number of industries, notably ones involving the use of machinery and industrial materials.
While it is important to have safety regulation in place in the industrial fields, accident prevention is also relevant for other workplace environments, including office buildings and recreational areas. Slips, trips, and falls, for instance, can happen anywhere, so planning ahead and maintaining best practice in accident prevention is key. Any company can be subject to violations of worker safety. Businesses are expected to have measures in place to prevent accidents before they even occur by utilizing the professional experience of an accident prevention expert witness.
The failure of accident prevention may result in a possible lawsuit. Attorneys and insurance professionals should utilize the expertise of a highly qualified accident prevention expert witness to evaluate the situation and get expert opinion. ForensisGroup has been matching clients with only the best available expert witnesses for over twenty years. Take a look through our highly selective group of experts and submit an expert request form or call us today for the best experts.
I have 25 years experience as a safety professional in aviation, entertainment industry, construction, general industry and heavy equipment rental industry. I have worked on airfields, retail, ports, grain mills, refineries, paper mills and construction sites across the world. I have developed training programs of instruction from aviation to earth moving equipment. I have investigated aircraft accidents, fatalities, construction, explosions and other accidents across the globe. The scope and depth of my safety expertise is unique with a 25 year career of success supporting Generals, CEOs, SVPs and below. I have a detailed understanding of what happens on the ground where the tasks take place and how the organization functions to support and fails to support workers and operations. I am offering my services as a safety expert witness.
A former employee of the City of Tampa filed an action for unlawful retaliation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and the Florida Civil Rights Act ("FCRA").Plaintiff was employed as a City Solid Waste Collection Driver. At some time during his employment, he was diagnosed with a medical condition that allegedly limited one or more of his major life activities. He filed a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), asserting that the City failed to reasonably accommodate his disability. He then filed, pro se, a lawsuit under the ADA for disability discrimination against the City. Plaintiff was still employed by the City when he filed his pro se lawsuit.During the ADA lawsuit against the City, Plaintiff was involved in an accident involving the City's solid waste truck. While waiting to unload debris at a transfer station, Plaintiff exited the truck. He thought he had pulled the parking brake prior to getting out of the truck. However, while he was out of the vehicle, it began moving forward, went over a speed bump, and struck the vehicle causing damages. There were no injuries.The City ultimately concluded that Plaintiff hadn’t set the brake and issued a "Letter of Counseling" related to the incident because the accident was preventable. The City relied on the recommendation from its safety review committee, which concluded that Plaintiff hadn’t pulled the parking brake, as well as a traffic report and statements from a mechanic who inspected the vehicle after the accident.Plaintiff took the deposition of the City's Solid Waste Director as part of his pro se lawsuit against the City, which was still pending. The complaint alleged that within a month of his deposition, Plaintiff was given a notice of disciplinary action, accusing him of making false statements, and thus violating the City's policy on "Moral Turpitude."At a hearing, the City showed video footage of the accident, which revealed Plaintiff exiting the vehicle without setting the parking brake. Based on the video, the City terminated Plaintiff's employment for intentionally lying to the police and the City when he repeatedly maintained throughout the investigation and grievance process that he had pulled the parking brake.Plaintiff alleged that the City's stated reason for terminating his employment was "not worthy of belief." His retaliation claims were premised on the timing of Director’s deposition and Plaintiff's termination. According to Plaintiff, these two events were causally related. However, Plaintiff then admitted that he didn’t pull the parking brake. Plaintiff argued that the real reason he was terminated was that he pursued the initial discrimination case against the City.The City designated a mechanical engineer specializing in accident reconstruction as an expert witness. The expert opined that the driver of the City’s solid waste truck didn’t engage the parking brake prior to exiting the vehicle at the time of the accident. In addition, the expert said that the driver failed to put the truck in neutral and didn’t follow proper procedures.The accident reconstruction expert also concluded that the driver had a habit of not parking the vehicle properly prior to exiting because he’d done the same thing five minutes before the accident; that he knew, or should have known, that he left the vehicle in drive as he must have put it in neutral after the accident when he engaged the parking brake; and that he knew, or should have known, that he didn’t put the parking brake on since he engaged the parking brake immediately after the accident.Plaintiff moved to strike the expert’s report in its entirety. He argued that the expert improperly opined on Plaintiff's credibility; he didn’t have the adequate expertise to testify about Plaintiff's "habit" or what Plaintiff "knew or should have known;" and the expert’s testimony as to the causation of Plaintiff's accident wouldn’t assist the trier of fact.U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody Jr. wrote in his decision that before permitting expert opinion testimony, the court must make certain that the expert employs "in the courtroom the same level of intellectual rigor that characterizes the practice of the expert in the field," quoting Kumho Tire Co.The judge found that the expert's opinion must be excluded under Daubert because portions of his report were based on pure speculation. More importantly, the entire report would not assist the trier of fact. The expert, who was experienced in mechanical engineering and accident reconstruction, wasn’t qualified to testify about Plaintiff's "habit" and state of mind. His opinions weren’t based on sufficient facts or data. Moreover, Judge Moody said that no expert is truly qualified to opine on a person's credibility or state of mind—determinations typically left to the finder of fact.The expert testimony, like the expert's report, wouldn’t assist the trier of fact because Plaintiff admitted that he failed to set the parking brake. The part of the expert's report where he opined that Plaintiff didn’t engage the parking brake, didn’t put the vehicle in neutral, and didn’t follow proper procedure was superfluous because Plaintiff conceded these points.The expert's opinion, which focused on the reasonableness of Plaintiff's actions—and which was clearly not available to the City at the time that it made the decision to terminate Plaintiff—would offer no assistance to the trier of fact. Plaintiff's motion to strike Defendant's expert witness and his expert report was granted.
I have over 25 years experience in the field of transportation and have worked in the school bus and charter bus industry as a driver. I specialize in safety laws, regulations, and best practices regarding pupil transportation safety. I am offering my services as a transportation expert witness.
I have over 45 years experience in mechanical engineering with a focus in mechanical engineering analysis, design and safety; regulations compliance, failure analysis and forensic engineering; general industry/construction/product/process safety; accident investigation, accident reconstruction, accident analysis; product development, failure modes and effects analysis, hazards analysis and safety research; laboratory and/or field experimental investigations to test/evaluate product/process performance; and research in areas involving patents, standards, specifications and codes. I have spent more than 30 years offering my services as a mechanical engineering expert witness with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have over 40 years of consulting experience in commercial and residential garage doors, docks, and gates. My expertise includes: door contractor sales, product safety, installation, repair, manufacturing, assembling, installing, programming, equipment, and designing. I have additional expertise in fire doors. I have spent over a decade providing deposition, consultations, and courtroom testimony as a garage door expert witness.
As a biomedical engineering expert witness, I have over 20 years experience with expertise in occupant crash protection, the seat belt defense, human tolerance, crash forensics, low-speed impact, mobility needs of disabled persons, rehabilitation devices, home care services, healthcare facility slip-and-fall prevention, wheelchair testing, and vehicle design. I have offered my services for over two decades as a biomedical engineering expert witness with consultations, courtroom testimony, and deposition.
I have over 35 years experience in Theater & Entertainment Safety with a focus in theater, lighting, scenery, production, stage management, stage technician safety, amusement parks, cruise ships, education, concerts, special events, hotels, and casinos. I have prior experience offering my services as a theater safety expert witness.
I have more than 30 years experience in industrial hygiene with expertise in workman's comp, accident reconstruction, OSHA, asbestos, lead based paint, lead poisoning, mold and fungi, carbon monoxide, fires and explosions, radiation, hazardous materials, waste, and environmental hygiene. I have spent over 20 years as an industrial hygiene expert witness by offering consultations, courtroom testimony, and deposition.
With more than 30 years of aviation safety experience, I have an expertise in accident prevention and investigation, emergency preparation and response, aircrew coordination, DOD compliance, tactical environments, simulation, accident investigation, OSHA and ECA compliance, airfield operations and development, and system safety. I have prior experience as an aviation expert witness.
I have spent over 40 years in Occupational and Public Safety with expertise in consensus standards, building codes, OSHA regulatory compliance, accident and fatality investigations, development of policy and procedures, program management and extensive experience in education, training, research, technical writing, and forensic photography. I have also offered my services for 10 years as an expert witness by providing deposition, consultations, and courtroom testimony.
I have over 25 years experience as a Firefighter and Fire Analyst with a particular focus on working in Origin and Cause Investigations, Explosion Investigations, Vehicle Fires, Marine Vessel Fires, and Fire Code Consultation. I have also spent time as a fire investigation expert witness in New York and have provided numerous clients with consultations and deposition.
I have worked for over 20 years in Fire and Arson Investigation with expertise in assisting in fire investigation to determine origin and cause of Arson, Accidental and undetermined Fires, Fatal Fires and Explosions. I have additional experience as a firefighter with expertise in fire suppression, fire prevention, driving, maintaining and operating the fire apparatus, and handling asbestos. I have also been working as a Fire Cause and Origin Expert in New York and Pennsylvania for more than a decade by providing consultations and deposition for numerous clients.
My career of over 25 years experience in the field of Risk Management has been focused on Youth Protection and Child Abuse Prevention, Aquatic Safety, Shooting Sports Safety, Emergency Planning, Transportation Safety, Employee Safety, Accident Prevention, Facility Management, and Youth Program Management. I have been offering my services as a sports risk management expert witness in Maine for more than 5 years.
My 25 years of experience in the field of Human Factors Safety and Ergonomics has been focused on floor slip resistance measurement; human vibration and acceleration exposure measurement and analysis; recreational boat design, watercraft occupant safety, and towed watersports safety; product, occupational, and premises safety assessments; accident investigation; warnings design and evaluation; and human movement, climbing, and stability analysis. My background as human factors safety and ergonomics expert witness in Michigan has spanned over two decades.
I have more than 35 years experience in transportation with expertise in bus accidents and bus safety. My experience includes traffic safety, transportation management, para-transit, taxi, charter bus and airport shuttle. I have additional experience with high-level transportation management, maintenance, safety and compliance. I have experience with bus accident investigation and have designed and facilitated more than 50 seminars on safety and loss prevention. I have over 20 years expert witness experience with consultations, depositions and courtroom testimony.
I have more than 10 years of Railroad Industry experience, with an extensive background in accident investigation, employee safety, derailment cause finding and prevention, track-train dynamics, distributed power operations, remote control locomotive operations, and train operations. I have investigated over 200 rail equipment accidents, employee injuries, rule violations and other types of incidents with a strong focus on detail and getting to the root cause to ensure the proper corrective actions and preventive measures are put in place. I also have comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Regulations Section 49, Parts 200-299. I have prior expert witness experience with consultation and deposition.
I have over 20 years of experience in the Transportation industry. Since 1998 I have been a Certified Third Party Auditor, conducting National Safety Code (NSC) audits in Alberta, Canada. I measure carriers’ compliance to Federal and Provincial legislative requirements. Since 2000, I have been an approved External Auditor for a transport association, conducting OH&S audits on carriers. As a former Owner Operator, I have over 25 years of experience as an Auditor and instruction in Hours of Service Regulations (Provincial, Federal, and US). I am experience in Canadian and US transportation legislation requirements regarding hours of service, maintenance, driver qualification, weights and dimensions, and load securement. Previous consulting work includes creation of written policies and procedures, training, mentoring, monitoring, and auditing both trucking and bus companies to ensure compliance with applicable transportation and OH&S, and OSHA regulations.
I have over 40 years experience in Safety. My expertise includes: principles and practices of construction safety management; slips and falls hazard control; OSHA’s regulations and standards; accident investigation and causation analysis; and the principles and practices of hazard identification, evaluation, and control. I have over 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have more than 15 years experience in occupational safety. My expertise includes: scaffolds and ladders; occupational law; cranes and rigging; fork lifts; machine guarding; trenching and excavation; construction safety; safety compliance; employee safety; program assessment; OSHA & ANSI; NYS labor laws; and NYS building codes. I have additional expertise in fall protection, compliance assessments, risk management audits, and process evaluations. I have over 10 years expert witness experience.
I have more than 35 years experience as a safety and accident prevention expert. I am experienced in: occupational health and safety; security; emergency preparedness and response; loss control; and risk assessment/risk reduction recommendations. My areas include: supermarket/retail industry; trip, slip, and fall (inside and outside parking lot-weather related); industrial safety; Cal-OSHA regulations; forklifts; machine guarding; chemical exposure; and general safety issues. I have over 20 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Mechanical and electrical engineer experienced in: design and testing; friction, corrosion and stress analysis; accident investigation and reconstruction; material and component failure analysis; stress and vibration; materials characterization and testing; electrical fires cause and origin investigations; product liability, reliability, and patent review; as well as, slip and fall, lightning, and electrocution.
I have over 35 years experience in the field of general safety engineering. My expertise include worker safety, industrial product safety, third party safety, accident prevention, loss control, accident reconstruction, trucking safety, playground safety, commercial fleet safety, petroleum industry safety, fire protection, mine safety, construction safety, elevators and escalators, woodworking, and metalworking. I am offering my services as a general safety engineering expert witness.
****Expert 17747 is no longer available**** I have over 30 years experience in mechanical engineering in the industrial and manufacturing sector, including over 15 years experience in the design of machinery, manufacturing processes, and product design. My experience includes all levels with industrial equipment from hand tools, to operating large punch presses, to printing presses, and to the design of ultra-precision micro-inch accuracy optical lathes. I have 10 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have many years experience in maritime issues. My areas of expertise include: boat, marine and ship systems; marine maintenance, repair and safety; boating accident reconstruction and investigation; maritime and admiralty litigation; and yacht delivery. I have experience operating vessels up to 225 feet and 1231 gross tons. I have more than 10 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have over 30 years experience as a Mechanical and Safety Engineer and have served as a consultant in accident analysis and reconstruction and product liability. My experience includes accidents involving trucks, semi-trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, automobiles, and pedestrians. My casework has included multiple car/bus and semi-trailer accident, semi-trailer/pedestrian fatality, vehicle rollover with fatality and potential product liability, four-car rear-end accident and others. I have prior expert witness experience.
I have over 30 years experience in industrial hygiene and environmental assessment issues. My expertise includes identifying, evaluating and controlling hazardous conditions in varied industrial and non-industrial environments. I also have experience in providing technical direction during projects involving industrial hygiene (indoor air quality, noise and noise control), safety engineering (hazardous material handling/storage, personal protective equipment), hazard assessment (asbestos, petroleum hydrocarbons, lead, etc., gas testing, waste management/analysis), environmental accident investigation and prevention; and health and safety training. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have over 30 years experience in the field of scuba diving with expertise in dive safety, scuba fatalities, and dive gear. I have experience examining and testing dive gear, as well as reporting and providing analysis/observation for diving and scuba-related accidents. I also specialize in accident prevention and treatment. I have additional experience with diving instruction and certification, and possess knowledge of various diving topics. I have more than 15 years of expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have over 50 years experience as an Elevator inspector and elevator and escalator expert specializing in accident investigation / reconstruction; design and prototyping; elevator operation; accident analysis; company assets and valuation. I have 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
I have more than 20 years experience in the field of Health and Safety. My areas of expertise include children-related issues, such as negligent supervision, accident prevention and safety, standard of care food safety, and child passenger safety. I have over 5 years expert witness experience.