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 Expert  717427

Expert in Product Safety and Liability

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has been a consultant in over 500 product liability lawsuits. He has often been called on to use his skills as a mechanical engineer. The range of subjects include the numerous mechanical and electrical systems in automobiles and trucks, a wide variety of tools and machines used in industry, and many items found in homes. He has, in the process of these consulting assignments, developed an understanding of what constitutes reasonable safe and proper products and what constitutes unreasonable dangerous and unsafe products.

product liability

The factor of product safety arises whenever a product is designed. Product safety is therefore a prime factor in all design decisions. Expert has critiqued existing designs from a safety standpoint and designed equipment that required detailed safety considerations. Four principles apply to product safety: 1) Each possible safety/hazard condition must be identified; 2) Each hazard must be eliminated if at all possible; 3) If the hazard cannot be eliminated then a suitable guard and warning must be used to make the product safe to use; and 4) If suitable means for making the product safe to use cannot be incorporated into the product then the product should not be made.

product safety


mechanical product safety

Expert has studied a large number of industrial accidents that have involved machine tools. For example, he investigated punch press accidents, transfer line accidents, and slip and fall accidents. He has owned machines used to fabricate metal parts and has designed and built machine tools. These experiences have given Expert an understanding and insight into the hazards that can exist in industrial atmospheres. He often evaluates industrial accidents to determine causal factors and to recommend modifications to the manufacturing process that would enhance safety and avoid accidents.

industrial accident

In the course of his extensive involvement in machine tools, Expert has designed or conceptualized many machine guards. In general, the concepts require evaluating how the machine will be both used and misused. Human factors become a part of the evaluation. There is need to predict and respond to the possible misuses to which the machine might be applied.

machine guard


machine guarding

Expert has evaluated many machines to determine the possible hazards involved in their use. These studies have included powered machines as well as hand tools. Such evaluations require the understanding of their operation and of their applications. Human factors involving strength and fatigue are considerations. The need and application of guards and the need for interlocking the guards with the control system must be evaluated.

machine safety

Expert has designed and built machine tools since 1971. These machines have assembled parts, formed parts, and machined parts. Operator safety and human factors were a part of each machine. He has performed cost justification studies for many industrial-manufacturing processes.

machine tool

As a mechanical engineer, Expert has applied the disciplines of engineering to a wide variety of mechanical products. He specializes in strength of materials, engineering dynamics, and design of control systems. He has designed and built relay control systems and computerized control systems for machine tools and for processing equipment.

mechanical product

There are an increasing number of reports that a car accelerated out of control of the driver without the accelerator pedal being depressed. This condition is called "sudden acceleration." Expert has studied this phenomena in over 40 lawsuits. This effort has included studies of the engine electronic control system and of the cruise control system. These studies have shown that for an automobile to accelerate out of control the engine must receive significant amounts of air. The analysis thus becomes one of determining how the engine received air without the driver depressing the accelerator pedal.

automotive electrical system


automotive electronic equipment

For many years drivers have reported that they left their car with the transmission selector lever in Park and with the engine running. The car transmission then went into powered reverse and the car rolled backward causing injuries and damage to property. This experience is termed "illusory park." Expert has been involved in more than 100 of these cases.

automotive transmission system

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Peoria, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  Madison, Wisconsin;  Gary, Indiana;  and Davenport, Iowa.

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Workplace Safety, Product Safety, Mechanical Engineering,...
Mechanical Engineering Specializing in Accident...
Machine and Facility Safety; Industrial, Building and...
Human Factors/ Ergonomics, Systems Safety, Systems...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1961   MS   Mechanical Engineering   University of Wisconsin-Madison  
1960   BS   Mechanical Engineering   University of Wisconsin-Madison  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1971 to






1981 to 1983


Mid-Northern Steel, Inc .




1977 to 1981


Mid-Northern Construction, Inc .




1966 to 1971


Anderson Bros. Manufacturing Company




1961 to 1966


Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory


Research Engineer


1955 to 1957


Caterpillar Tractor Company


Design Engineer


1950 to 1955


Various Employers


Machinist and Tool and Die Maker


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and a past member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.


He is a Professional Engineer registered in Illinois and New York.

Consulting Services:
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 has been active as an expert witness in legal and insurance cases since 1970. He has testified regarding design factors, manufacturing flaws, operational factors, human factors, and safety. He has been qualified as an expert witness in cases regarding guarding, warnings, control systems, and predictable use and misuse.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Punch press expert illinois for consulting on Punch Press.
  • Expert in control retrofit of a steel fabricating machine for injury litigation.
  • Sudden auto acceleration expert to examine vehicle involve in "sudden acceleration" accident.
  • Expert for consulting on safety features of a large commercial juicer for products liability case.
  • Expert for consulting on "rivet masher".
  • Expert in product safety for consulting on machine press safety.
  • Metal press expert for consulting on industrial accident/products liability safety features and malfunction.
  • Engineering expert for products liability case involving a punch press for pre-trial discovery and discovery purposes.
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:
Other Skills and Services

As President and Founder of Expert Engineering Company, Expert has designed and built special equipment and computer-based control systems for use in the manufacture of a wide variety of articles. His work has included equipment that assembles small parts, machine valve bodies, and cleans parts used in compressors. He has studied manufacturing systems for client companies and prepared engineering and economic studies pertaining to equipment.

Expert has been involved with computers extensively. He has prepared mathematical simulations of dynamic systems, with a particular emphasis on vehicle dynamics and offroad mobility. His work has involved designing and building computer-controlled equipment that used stored programs and interrupt controlled remote stations.


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