Expertise DescriptionI have more than 35 years experience in the field of Railroad Safety. I am a program architect, leader, and negotiator. I have experience in railroad accident investigation, safety inspection and safety enforcement programs. I have led large-scale comprehensive safety investigations on major railroads in the U.S. to identify safety risks and implement safety improvement action plans. My consultations include providing direction to a multi-disciplined team of affiliated railroad safety and security experts in the areas of safety and security risk assessments and hazard analysis, regulatory compliance, safety and security research, accident investigation and analysis, and litigation consulting. I have over 5 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes federal regulatory compliance and accident analysis.
My consulting services include: Facilitation of multi-disciplinary hazard analysis / risk assessment of railroad signal system and highway-rail grade crossing systems for a new start commuter rail operation in Texas; Conduct of a comprehensive safety assessment of switching operations on a railroad with traffic in hazardous materials; Development and conduct of rail safety training classes for switching operations and railcar inspections; Inspection, testing, repair, and building of railroad communications and signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning devices on both freight and passenger railroad lines.
I have over 40 years experience in the railroad signaling industry. I began my career in the Signal Department of Consolidated Rail Corp. where I built, maintained, inspected and repaired railroad signal and train control systems and components. Next, I went to work for the labor union, eventually becoming the Director of Research. In that capacity, I was responsible for keeping abreast of the latest developments in railroad signal and train control technology. Also, I was the union's liaison to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
I joined the FRA as a Safety Project Coordinator and was tasked with leading large-scale, comprehensive safety assessments of large railroad systems, including Amtrak and the Long, Island Rail Road, the nation's largest commuter railroad. Those FRA safety assessments included assessments of the railroad signal and train control systems. I became Associate Administrator for Safety, the head of the FRA Office of Safety, and provided executive direction to nearly 70 percent of the agency's personnel. In that capacity, I was responsible for FRA's safety inspection, safety enforcement, and accident investigation programs. Also, I led FRA's safety experts who provided the safety and technical expertise in FRA rulemaking proceedings. During this period I was the keynote speaker at a Railroad Signal Supply Institute conference. Since 2005, I have worked as a railroad safety consultant both in the U.S. and abroad. I have my own railroad safety consulting company, which has a network of rail safety experts from every railroad discipline.
Moreover, I served as an expert witness, for both plaintiffs and defendants, in scores of railroad litigations, with particular expertise in FRA regulations and railroad signaling issues. It may be necessary to utilize the services of one or two of my colleagues for this matter; one is a railroad signal engineer with his own railroad signal design company; the other is a former FRA Signal and Train Control Specialist whom has extensive experience with PTC systems on passenger railroads.
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Awards & Affiliation
American Society of Civil Engineers
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases