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 Expert  107643

Expert in Workplace Safety, Product Safety, Mechanical Engineering, Workplace and Product Safety Surveys


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
USA
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Expert has expertise in product safety and liability reduction and specializes in electro-mechanical and mechanical systems. He has extensive experience in the areas of compressed gas systems, firearms, chainsaws, agricultural equipment, ladders, punch presses, power shears, power breaks, metal working equipment, front-end loaders, hydraulic booms, cranes, yard maintenance equipment, lawn mowers, motorcycles, vehicles, including all terrain vehicles, vehicle fires, gas valves and gas explosions, medical devices, elevators, construction equipment, woodworking equipment, consumer products, automatic assembly systems, and material handling equipment.

A lecturer for the Minnesota Safety Council, he is a recognized expert in protecting people in the workplace. He does consulting work in all phases of workplace safety. As a safety professional, he has the expertise to recognize existing and potential hazards in products and in the workplace. Once these hazards are identified, he can help select and implement proven, cost-effective corrective action to prevent and/or control the hazard. Expert can quickly customize an effective safety management program for a client.

Expert has worked with machine guarding, which he describes as shielding and isolating machine hazards, as well as with the design of safety-related labels (warning labels). He is skilled in both explosion and fire investigations. He also works with the safety content of owners, operators, and service manuals.

He has served as a consulting expert in over 2,000 cases, many of which dealt with workplace injuries. He has worked on accident investigations for insurance companies and has provided expert witness consulting for attorneys. He can answer in-depth questions on safety auditing, codes, data collection, worker's compensation, and the safety aspects of product and equipment design. He has extensive knowledge of safety industry good practices; safety plans, procedures, and standards; and the latest OSHA regulations. In fact, OSHA is one of expert's clients. He also teaches OSHA 500 and 501 courses.

Expert provides his clients with safety reviews to verify that proper policies and procedures are in place to support safety programs. He conducts seminars that cover legal trends, safety certification, testing programs, hazard analysis, product safety audits, recordkeeping, design and manufacturing, warnings and labels, and human factors activities.

As a product safety consultant, he has conducted safety audits on products in preparation for phase reviews, during a product's development, prior to release to production, and when a product is being modified. He tests materials and products against published standards, including UL, ANSI, FCC, FDA, NFPA, and others. He works closely with human factors, design, quality assurance, and manufacturing departments.

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product liability

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consumer product safety

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mechanical product safety

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safety engineering

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occupational safety

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workplace safety and security

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machine guard

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machine safety

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accident investigation

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industrial safety

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safety design review

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safety testing

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safety recordkeeping

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product safety design

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safety auditing

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American National Standards Institute material standard

Expert has consulted with many companies, after a serious accident has occurred, to determine how to make the employer's worksite safer. Expert has consulted with many attorneys and insurance companies to determine how and why an accident has occurred. quite a few of these consultations require accident reconstruction to do a thorough analysis of the accident. He has designed many agricultural machines, and has an agricultural background. He uses this background, along with his vast experience at accident investigation to investigate agricultural accidents.

His strong background in accident investigation, design of agricultural equipment, and an agricultural background allows him to recognize hazards on the farm and how to address those hazards. His strong background in machine design, accident investigation, manufacturing engineering, and expert witness work, plus his membership on the ANSI B20 (Conveyor Safety) ANSI Committee attests to his knowledge in this area. Expert did this type of work extensively while working for 3M Corporation in their workplace safety department.

His work as an accident investigator, expert witness, and his work in the product safety department at 3M qualifies him well for this area of safety. Expert's work in the area of OSHA, work at 3M in the workplace safety department, teaching for the Minnesota Safety Council, and consulting with private industry well qualifies him in this area of safety. Expert has taught many OSHA construction courses, has investigated many construction accidents, and has consulted with many construction companies regarding safety.

He has extensive experience with product labeling while at 3M, and has taught many courses on the subject. Expert has consulted with many contractors on the issues of safety, and has helped defend contractors when they were sued over safety issues. Expert has consulted with contractors regarding this subject, and has taught courses on the subject for the Minnesota Safety Council. Expert has been an expert witness on this subject many times. He has done laboratory testing on safety glasses associated with eye injuries.

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accident reduction

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accident reconstruction

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accident causation

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agricultural accident investigation

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agricultural safety

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automatic handling equipment

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A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction Program

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workplace injury

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child product safety

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confined space safety

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construction safety equipment

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consumer product labeling

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contractor safety management

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excavation safety

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eye safety

Expert has investigated many accidents involving fall protection, and was instrumental in 3M changing their fall protection requirements long before OSHA made changes to their fall protection requirements. He has taught fall protection as part of the OSHA safety courses that he has taught for the Minnesota Safety Council.

Expert has investigated many accidents involving gas explosions. Early in his career, he was a test and evaluation engineer for Honeywell in their residential division. He has investigated many accidents and fires involving household appliances. He has been an expert witness both for and against household appliance manufacturers.

Expert has had extensive training in the area of human factors, and has evaluated many products in this area. When his background is lacking in this field, such as designing and implementing a test program for some issue of human factors, he works with a former human factors specialist from 3M, a Ph.D. in experimental psychology. He worked extensively on this while at 3M. He has taught on this subject at the Minnesota Safety Council, and has consulted with many companies.

Expert was heavily involved in LO/TO while at 3M. He was an expert witness for OSHA in a 7 1/2 million dollar fine against Dayton Tire Corporation. He teaches regularly on the subject. Expert was heavily involved in this subject while at 3M. He carries this concept to his clients as a consultant. He has extensive experience in machine safety and accident investigation involving machinery. He has a very strong background in machine design. He has a strong background in this area from his work at 3M as a safety specialist, as an accident investigator, and as a safety consultant. This is discussed during all of the safety courses that he teaches at the Minnesota Safety Council.

Expert has a strong background on this subject, due to his experience at 3M, accident investigation, and his membership on the ANSI B20 committee (Conveyors). Expert has extensive experience on the subject while at 3M. He had the safety responsibility for 14 3M plants. Expert has extensive experience with punch presses and press brakes. He has worked in production areas using this equipment, has investigated many accidents involving this equipment, has been an expert witness many times, and has been a consultant to a manufacturer in Canada.

Expert did this work while in the Safety Department at 3M. Expert has written and supervised the writing of many safety plans while at 3M. He has established many safety procedures while in the safety department at 3M. Expert has done extensive safety training for 3M and at the Minnesota Safety Council. He has also done safety training for companies. Expert has an extensive machine design background and machine safety background. He has investigated many toy related accidents and has done hazard analysis studies on children's products. He has a strong background on the subject based upon the training and experience he received at 3M, his training at the OSHA Training Institute, and his teaching of the subject regularly at the Minnesota Safety Council.

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fall protection

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gas explosion

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household appliance liability

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human-factors product safety

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injury prevention

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lock out tag procedure

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machine design review

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machinery-related accident

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maintenance safety

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materials handling equipment

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plant safety

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punch press

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safety management

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safety plan

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safety procedure

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safety training

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textile machine safety

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toy safety

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Occupational Safety and Health Act

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Ergonomics
Personal Injury, Industrial/ Construction Safety,...
Occupational Safety, Hazard Recognition/ Abatement,...
Comprehensive Risk Management, Safety, OSHA Compliance,...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1974   B.S.   Business Administration   University of Minnesota  
1963   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Minnesota  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1972 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Independent Consultant

 

1988 to 1994

 

3M Company

 

Workplace and Product Safety Specialist

 

1968 to 1991

 

3M Company

 

Design/Manufacturing Engineer

 

Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He is a member of the forklift, conveyor, and power transmission committees of ANSI.

Licenses/Certifications

He is a registered Professional Engineer and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has been featured in many industry magazines and has often been invited to lecture on product safety and workplace safety. He has written articles for the National Safety Council and has received three patents. He has been on ten safety oriented TV programs as a safety expert.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has done wall-to-wall safety surveys.
  • He has conducted hazard analysis studies and safety reviews of products and production equipment.
  • He has taught many OSHA courses.
  • He has been an expert witness and an accident investigator over 1,500 times.
Recent Client Requests:
  • ANSI expert for consulting.
  • Expert in Machine safety analysis.
  • Expert in Product safety analysis.
  • Canadian standards Association expert for consulting on CSA Certification.
  • Product safety expert for consulting on power generation safety standards.
  • Warning label expert for consulting on warning labels and instructions.
  • Expert in industrial wood working for consulting on periodic auditing of standard equipment.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert was an expert witness both for OSHA and to help defend companies from OSHA citations.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Gas stove explosion expert for consulting on a new fireplace stove that exploded when it was lit for the first time.
  • Mechanical engineering expert for consulting on lawnmower accident.
  • Expert in control retrofit of a steel fabricating machine for injury litigation.
  • Agriculture equipment expert for a Product Liability Case.
  • Workplace safety expert for consulting on workplace safety and OSHA issues.
  • Expert witness lawnmower safety minnesota for consulting on 50' to 75' hits pedstrian; defense claims that throwing a rock that distance was 1.
  • Baltimore expert engineer product design safety for consulting on Medical/ lab product design/ safety.
  • Expert witness woodworking safety chainsaw for consulting on Litigation witness.
  • Mechanical engineers litigation expert illinois for consulting on expert witness for Inspection and Trial.
  • Product liability warning label expert for consulting on industrial sealant.
  • Expert in mechanical engineering for consulting on fire risk product analysis.
  • Printing machine expert for consulting on unguarded pinch point on commercial machine.
  • Safety engineering expert witness for consulting on system safety litigation.
  • Expert in toy wagons for consulting on defective design of and failure to adequately warn.
  • Expert manufacturing toys for consulting on defective safety harness.
  • Expert in refinery management for consulting on standard operating procedures.
  • Forklift expert for consulting on negligent in maintaining forklift suspensions and roadway surfaces.
  • Electrical engineering expert for consulting on a conveyor electrocution.
  • Expert in Need in OSHA/guards/product liability/design defects/industrial citrus machinery.
  • Machine guard expert for consulting on embosser machine.
  • Expert in combine harvester accidents for case involving a combine fire.
  • Expert in handling of anyhdrous ammonia at an industry site where RR workers have to service.
  • Nj explosion expert for consulting on Looking for possible for chemical Dust explosion case.
  • Expert for consulting on safety features of a large commercial juicer for products liability case.
  • Los Angeles industrial safety expert for consulting on safety glasses in an occupational setting.
  • Expert in human interaction with industrial equipment in a chemicals plant.
  • Expert in engineering and human factors for consulting on human factor and machine design/guarding/2 hand controls.
  • Expert in workmen's compensation for consulting on the premium basis salary does not effect the liability coverage but does effect the premium at audit time..
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has conducted training and seminars in aspects of product safety, workplace safety, emergency planning management, and OSHA. He has taught these courses/seminars for the Minnesota Safety Council, University of St. Thomas, and for many companies. Subjects of these courses include facility inspections, workplace hazard assessments, hazard communication, lockout/tagout, ergonomic evaluation, worker compensation, accident investigation, product safety, and loss control.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has been involved in over 2,000 cases as a consulting expert, many of which have involved entanglement accidents. On numerous occasions, he has been a witness for OSHA and the Federal Attorney General's office. He has experience conducting accident investigations and training clients how to avoid losses.


 

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