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 Expert  723166

Expert in Personal Injury, Industrial/Construction Safety, Compliance, Auditing, OSHA Standards

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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What do I bring to the table? - 30+ years safety experience - Defense and plaintiff expert witness case history, nearly 50/50 ratio - Retained in 21 states - Trial and deposition experience - Professional engineer - Certified Safety Professional - Retired Chrysler safety engineer - Retired US Air Force pilot

Expert provides safety engineering, accident investigation, accident reconstruction, industrial/construction accident consulting, expert witness testimony, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients. In addition to the automotive “Big Three” he was the safety director at a sheet metal stamping plant and was the corporate safety director for an automotive supplier. In this capacity he was responsible for safety in 14 plants, covering a span of seven (7) states. During his tenure he has been responsible for safety in stamping, assembly (automotive and drive train), machining, plastic (SMC, blow molding, and extrusion molding) plants.

Expert has over 15 years experience in machine design to incorporate OSHA and corporate safety standards. He has been included from equipment conception through completion of the build stage. This included print review and equipment review at predetermined build stages. Equipment complexity has ranged from small single station presses, welders, assembly stations, to multi-station machining, welding, and assembly lines. Complex lines have included multiple robots stations, vertical and horizontal gantries, and transfer lines. Employee safety process incorporated simple guarding, electrical interlocks, light screens, and pressure-sensing devices.

Expert has been involved in construction safety related to the use of, but not limited to: bulldozers, excavators, screeds, dump trucks, cement trucks, and scaffolding.

Expert has been involved in multiple facility audits reviewing areas such as, but not limited to; OSHA standards, equipment safety, employee/operator compliance to instructions and rules, ergonomics, workers compensation documentation, and contract compliance. Additionally, he was a member of an audit team conducting several audits to QS-9000 criteria.

Expert is a retired United States Air Force officer. During his military career he served as a pilot and civil engineering officer. While serving as a pilot he flew missions in Europe, North Africa, the continental United Sates, including Hawaii. As a civil engineering squadron commander he led teams to locations throughout Europe and the continental United States, as well as on humanitarian missions to Central America and the Caribbean. On these missions it was common for him to interface with the country's Ambassador, or their Minister of the Interior.

Expert started assisting in litigation cases in 2005. He has assisted in both plaintiff and defense cases, and has trial and deposition experience. Mr. Expert's extensive experience in working with individuals, of all levels, has proven to be invaluable in assisting him win the confidence of others, and taught the importance of negations and open communications.


A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction Program


accident investigation


federal safety regulation


industrial safety


injury prevention


machine safety


occupational safety


plant safety




safety auditing


safety code


safety data collection


safety design review


safety engineering


safety management


safety plan


safety procedure


safety recordkeeping


safety standard


safety testing


safety training




accident causation


accident reduction


accident reconstruction


electrical accident


employee protection


eye safety


fall protection


lock out tag procedure


personal protection equipment


chemical injury


forklift truck


industrial accident


industrial safety compliance

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Dearborn, Michigan;  Westland, Michigan;  and Toledo, Ohio.

Often requested
with this expert:

Workplace Safety, Product Safety, Mechanical Engineering,...
Occupational Safety, Hazard Recognition/ Abatement,...
Occupational Safety and Health, Hazard Recognition/...
Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Ergonomics

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1971   BAA   Industrial Technology   Central Michgian University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Provide expertise in safety engineering, accident investigation, accident reconstruction, industrial/construction accident consulting, expert witness testimony, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients.

1996 to 2007





Safety Engineer


Corporate Level: Advise DaimlerChrysler manufacturing plants on safety issues; Provide assistance as requested; Ensure DaimlerChrysler manufacturing plants are operating in concurrence with corporate, federal, and state laws and regulations.

Plant Level: Responsible for the safety of 2,500 hourly and salary employees; Supervise a staff of nine; Ensure compliance with governmental and corporate safety and environmental regulations; Interact with outside contractors to ensure new equipment meets all applicable standards; Monitor outside construction crews for compliance with governmental and corporate construction standards; Recommend changes when compliance is marginal; Develop training programs and direct their implementation; Negotiate safety grievances; Perform accident investigations.

1994 to 1996


Ford Motor Company



Safety Engineer


Responsible for the safety of 3,500 hourly and salary employees. Supervised a staff of five. Ensure compliance with governmental and corporate safety and environmental regulations. Interact with outside contractors to ensure new equipment was in compliance with all applicable standards. Monitor outside construction crews for compliance with governmental and corporate construction standards. Recommend changes when compliance was marginal. Developed training programs and directed their implementation. Negotiate safety grievances. Perform accident investigations.

1984 to 1996


United States Air Force Reserves



Civil Engineering Officer


Supervised a staff of four officers, ultimately supervising 150 men. Commanded squadron on national and international missions. Responsible for all phases of construction safety and building techniques. Responsible for compliance with all environmental and safety regulations.

1990 to 1994




Automotive Group


Safety Manager


Responsible for 14 plants in seven states. Dotted line supervisor for 14 safety supervisors. Supervised staff of three. Performed accident investigations. Ensured compliance with corporate and governmental regulations. Performed safety and environment audits. Applied for necessary environmental permits. Directed disposal of hazardous wastes.

1987 to 1990


Hawthorne Metal Products



Safety Engineer


Ensured compliance with corporate and governmental regulations. Developed and implemented safety training programs. Performed environmental and safety audits. Supervised staff of two. Performed accident investigations. Applied for required environmental permits.

1977 to 1985


General Motors



Production Supervisor and Safety Engineer


Supervised up to 40 hourly employees. Die Design. CAD Instructor. Industrial Engineer. Work study analysis.

1973 to 1976


United States Air Force





Aircraft commander on national and international flights. Supervised flight crew of 5. Flying safety officer. Training officer.

Career Accomplishments:

American Society of Safety Engineers


Professional Engineer; Certified Safety Professional; Licensed Pilot: Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial licens; C130 Pilot (military); Civil Engineering Officer (military).

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert wrote several technical manuals for the United States Air Force Civil Engineering School outlining course materials for teaching the proper use and set up of water purification units, building construction, heavy equipment use during runway repair, personal protection equipment, contingency operations, chemical warfare, tent city construction. He also wrote and conducted many simulated attach scenarios.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1973 to 1996   USAF   Pilot, Civil Eng Officer   He served both active duty in the USAFR Reserves as a C-130 Pilot and Civil Engineering Officer.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He interviewed employees at a three shift chemical manufacturing plant to evaluate the safety attitude of the employees, hourly and salary.
  • He investigated a crane tip-over accident to determine the root cause.
  • He has been retained as a safety expert for the following types of cases: Operator injury caused by crane load striking him; Hand injury; Material handling accident; Fork truck mishap; Elevated platform mishap; Chemical injury; Rail car incident; Semi/pedestrian fatality; Overhead door accident; Pile driver accident; Slip and Fall.
  • He has investigated hundreds of industrial safety accidents while working in the automotive industry.
  • He has performed many safety audits in the 30+ years he has worked in the automotive industry.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in MIOSHA DART Reporting.
  • Industry safety expert on Lock out issues.
  • Expert in OSHA and ANSI compliance for analysis related to compliance with a specific OSHA and ANSI code.
  • Expert in Machine safety analysis.
  • Expert in packaging engineering companies in MA for consulting on Packaging Specification Development.
  • Expert in Conforming to MIOSHA Hot Forging Automatic Press Standards to assist with safety standards.
  • Construction safety expert for consulting on job site safety management.
  • Warning label expert for consulting on warning labels and instructions.
  • GFCI expert for consulting on compliance with OSHA subpart S.
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:
Served as an expert witness, for both the plaintiff and defencse, in industrial/construction/commercial safety injury cases that have resulted in litigation. He has also worked, as a private consultant, for companies wishing to improve their safety record.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for lumber safety packaging case.
  • Industrial plant safety expert needed for consulting on industrial accident.
  • Expert in job site safety for union labor worker injury case.
  • Industrial plant expert for consulting on workplace accident case.
  • Expert witness corporate safety for consulting on corporate safety/OSHA.
  • Railroad expert for consulting on a railroad fencing accident.
  • Railroad crossing expert for consulting on railroad crossing accident.
  • Foundry expert for consulting on foundry and furnace operation and safety.
  • Expert in safety of parking lot on rural business premises.
  • MIOSHA expert for consulting on job site fall by sub contractor employee.
  • Expert in bulldozer operator procedures, safety, operation and etiquette for consulting on wrongful death matter.
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.

Market Research:
Expert has extensive knowledge of Industrial and Construction safety, and is very competent in his knowledge of OSHA standards. For a number of years he was active with the Michigan OSHA standards committee. His career spans both employee and equipment safety related issues. The types of accidents he has investigated includes, but is not limited to: powered industrial vehicle; fork truck; personnel cart; tug; dolly trains; lock out-tag out; electrical; arc flash related; limit (safety) switch failure; equipment malfunction; equipment design; improper equipment cycling; conveyors (overhead and floor level); hand tools; grinding operations; crane operations (bridge, wheeled, and tractor) roll over, load imbalance, operator/load mishaps; pile driver; slip and fall (inside and outside parking lot- weather related); railroad crossing; switcher truck; pedestrian; loading dock; overhead door; chemical burns; ergonomic related injuries; and employee/operator failure to comply with standards, training, and instruction.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert wrote a training manual for basic ergonomics addressing ergonomic injuries to the: back; upper and lower torso; neck and shoulders; arms and wrists; legs, knees, and ankles. He taught multiple courses, using this manual, covering causes of ergonomic injuries, symptoms, and preventive actions to combat ergonomic injuries.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is experienced in contract writing, interpretation, and compliance gained while working in industry, construction, and the United States military.


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