Industries that involve hazardous materials, or HAZMAT, must follow a standard set of rules and regulations. These materials may include substances that are toxic, radioactive, allergenic, flammable, corrosive, or pathogenic. It is required that such materials be used, handled, or transported under strict guidelines, which may be brought to the forefront of a HAZMAT related litigation.
Hazardous materials are transported by train, tank car, truck, vessel, or by airplane. The loading and unloading, operations procedure, inspections of hazardous materials must be monitored for safety and liability purposes. Only trained and highly qualified professionals with a background in such operations are qualified serve as expert witnesses. A HAZMAT expert witness’s experience may include cases involving defective equipment and safety appliances, injuries related to vapors from leaking HAZMAT tanks, violation of safety rules, negligence of standard procedures, accident investigations, contamination of materials, environmental contamination, chemical spills/exposure, waste management, flammable liquids, chemical handling, or industrial safety.
Hazardous materials expert witnesses may also have a background in fields that cover a wide range of topics, such as industrial hygiene and environmental health, Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), logistics and operations, as well as developing and conducting health programs. Any field or industry employees working with hazardous chemicals, no matter what the context, may find themselves in a legal situation concerning such materials.
There are many possible health or injury-related problems that may arise out of the handling of hazardous materials, so it is important to find an expert witness with the exact type of knowledge that is relevant to your case. Submit an expert request form because ForensisGroup can provide access to HAZMAT expert witnesses from a variety of backgrounds, ensuring that we have the right expert witness for your particular situation.