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 Expert  724369

Expert in Safety Consulting, Safety Engineering, Recreation Safety, Ergonomics, Fall Protection

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert currently serves as a general safety and health consultant as a safety engineer, and has done so since 1978.

This has involved General Safety Engineering Consulting with emphasis on worker safety, industrial product safety, third party safety, accident prevention, and loss control.

Expert has developed safety programs for many areas of accident prevention including trucking

Expert conducts broad spectrum safety training and course development for supervisors and workers in many industries.

Expert testimony and safety engineering case management are offered. Research is conducted to contribute to the overall practice. Instruction of personnel in all levels is conducted. Accident reconstruction and analysis to determine causes and suggest solutions is conducted.

The practice is divided into four main areas of activity: I. Safety Consulting to Business and Industry. This includes services to industrial and construction companies. Traditional methods of Safety Engineering are followed relating to evaluation and control of hazards that affect operations. Accident history is evaluated for loss loci and specific areas to address. II. Safety Engineering Forensic Consulting usually involves accident investigation to determine cause and preventative methods. This may also include the determination of whether a given situation is a dangerous condition. Photography is conducted along with testimony. In the process, instrumentation may be used for evaluating slope coefficient of friction, illuminance, velocities, clearances, and other physical parameters. III. Teaching Safety Subjects at Local Colleges and Universities. Developing and teaching college level courses. This involves lectures with extensive use of visual aids including models, photo-slides, overheads, etc. Tests, quizzes and exams are developed and administered to gauge student progress and grasp of concepts. Term papers requiring original research are assigned and evaluated (several of Expert's students have placed high in the ASSE student paper competition. At least 4 have become ASSE Chapter Presidents). IV. Developing and Conducting Accident Prevention Training for Interested Parties. Developing and teaching professional level courses such as for the National Safety Council Los Angeles Chapter. This involves lectures with extensive use of visual aids including models, photo-slides, overheads, etc. Expert has created (1998) and maintains continuously two informational and promotional website for the business: www.safetybiz.com and www.askasafetyengineer.com which provide a resource particularly on current developments in slip and fall prevention and other accident prevention topics


A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction Program


injury prevention


occupational safety


Occupational Safety and Health Administration




safety management

Expert has been in the business of preventing accidents of many kinds since 1969. See consultation above.


Expert has investigated thousands of accidents of many types over his nearly 40 years in the business. These include falls of all kinds and traditional industrial and construction accidents involving all kinds of machinery and equipment, recreational accidents, some vehicle accidents, and manual and mechanical materials handling accidents.

accident investigation

Expert provides construction safety and accident prevention to clients including construction companies with very sensitive clients. Expert also has hands-on experience with many construction activities and equipment.

construction safety

Fall protection is a large part of Expert's accident prevention work. He is on the ASTM F-13 Committee and is familiar with most of the slip measuring devices. Expert has offered testimony in hundreds of fall cases.

employee protection


personal protection equipment

Expert provides construction safety and accident prevention to clients including construction companies with very sensitive clients. Expert also has hands-on experience with many construction activities and equipment.

construction safety

Expert has much work experience with the safety of walking and working surfaces, ladders, staging, stairways, ramps, sidewalks, and railings. In the course of his safety engineering activities for industrial, contracting, and forensic clients, he conducts walkway and surface evaluations.

Member ASTM F-13 Committee on Safety of Footwear and Traction (1995-1996 and 2003)

Test equipment includes: Slipmeters: Horizontal Pull (ASTM F-609 Standard Irvine) Pendulum (NBS Standard Sigler) Articulated Strut (NBS, ASTM Standard Brungraber Mark I, F-462, F-1677) Variable Incidence Tribometer (EnglishXL Standard F-1679 VIT) Certified. Photometers: Minolta T-1 Tektronix J-16 General Electric T-14 Expert has conducted many coefficient of friction, slope, architectural barrier, and lighting surveys. He is familiar with the standard of care relating to floor maintenance procedures and protecting pedestrians from falling. He has been an apartment manager, published in the apartment press, and has lectured on safety (including fall prevention) to apartment owner groups. Investigated well over 500 slip, trip and fall occurrences in many kinds of occupancies, including residential, industrial, and retail environments. Much background and experience in floor covering products and methods. This includes carpets, linoleum, and tile of many types. He has put it down, kicked it in, serviced it, and pulled it up.


fall protection

Training and experience in fire inspection and hazard evaluation. Good familiarity with flammable liquids and other aspects of fire hazards and protection including automatic sprinkler and fixed chemical extinguishing systems, and escape systems. Fire safety background dating from training at Liberty Mutual in 1969. This training dealt with safe handling of flammables, their classifications, and characteristics. Other fire safety training included the FIA school in Hartford, and fire safety seminars and courses for Chubb and Great American. I also have practical experience with propane and LPG.Able to address the nature of the fuel containers and appropriate practices for dispensing and the human factors associated with the use of fuels. Versed in gas appliances and common hazards, building features important to fire safety, many special hazards, and NFPA Codes and municipal fire codes.

fire safety

Training in machinery safety dating from Jr. high, woods shop, metals shop, print shop, and "powers" shop, machinery related hobbies such as model building and electronics, adult school print shop. Substantial OTJ training in machinery hazards with insurance employers. He has operated such equipment as saws, presses, brakes, and is familiar with most machines in manufacturing including CNC machines. Good familiarity with the codes and standards such as ANSI, OSHA, and ISO that apply to equipment. Library includes information relating to historical developments in machine guarding. Involvement in machinery accident prevention has included OSHA citation contests relating to saw guarding. Consulted on a number of machinery cases involving woodworking. These have involved both portable and non-portable saws and drills as well as shop tools such as jointers, planers, mortisers, tenoners, shapers, and lathes. Metalworking cases have involved drilling and boring machines power presses, shears, and press brakes. Taught L.A. Chapter National Safety Council "Power Press Safeguarding" class. Plastic working cases have involved injection molders. Rubber and composition material working cases have involved mills, calendars Banbury mixers, clickers, and dinkers. Printing work has involved sheet fed and web fed rotary and platen letter and offset presses and similar equipment as well as paper cutters of several types. Food processing machinery has involved work in accident prevention running from canneries and meat packers to bakeries and confectioners. This includes work with choppers, slicers, blenders and can lines.

industrial safety


machine safety


mechanical product safety


plant safety


safety code


safety engineering

Expert has worked a wide variety of product safety cases. Most of these have been industrial machinery in wood, metals, plastics, and food production. Expert maintains an extensive library of machine standards dating back to the 1800's.

product safety


fuel fire

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Bakersfield, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  and San Bernardino, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1969   BA   Business   University of the Pacific  
1974   MS   Safety   University of Southern California  
1975   MS   Systems Management   University of Southern California  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1979 to





Safety Engineer


Safety engineering consulting to business and industry. Forensic Expert Witness Services.

1978 to 1979





Safety Consultant


Safety consulting to business and industry. Forensic Expert Witness Services.

1974 to 1978


Great American Insurance Company


Loss Prevention


Senior Safety Specialist & Loss Control Mamager


Safety consulting to business and industry policy holders, risk evaluation, accident investigation. Department management.

1971 to 1974


Chubb / Pacific Indemnity Group


Underwriting Survey


Underwriting Surveyor


Safety consulting to business and industry policy holders, risk evaluation, accident investigation.

1969 to 1971


Liberty Mutual Insurance


Loss Prevention


Loss Prevention Representative


Safety consulting to business and industry policy holders, risk evaluation, accident investigation.

Career Accomplishments:

Professional Member ASSE Chartered Member IOSH Member ASTM F-13 Committee


California PE, SAFETY, CSP

Professional Appointments

Board Member Head Protection Research Laboratory


Fellow: Institute for Advancement of Engineering

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has a number of published articles and contributed to a book on safety in petroleum refining.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Business Insurance  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • For TG Construction: 18-month project to convert a warehouse into state of art haz-mat storage facility.Drew up site specific IIPP as well as JSA's and Lifting Plans and Confined Space Entry Program. No lost time.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Construction safety expert for consulting on job site safety management.
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 appeared in over 230 jury trials in the Western U.S. and Virgin Islands for plaintiff and defense.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Protective clothing expert witness for consulting.
  • Expert in control retrofit of a steel fabricating machine for injury litigation.
  • Expert in Need in OSHA/guards/product liability/design defects/industrial citrus machinery.
  • Machine guard expert for consulting on embosser machine.
  • Expert for consulting on expert witness.
  • Expert for consulting on Personal Injury Matter.
  • Tile safety expert for consulting on Non-slip Tile Surface.
  • Expert on slip coefficient of friction for consulting on slip coefficient of friction.
  • Expert lathe needed for consulting on lathe safety.
  • Slip and fall expert needed for slip & fall cases
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.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1996 to 1996   Chile   Presented "Safety in Forestry and Silvaculture" at EXPOCORMA
1995 to 1995   Guatemala   Provided safety services for a silver and jade mining company
2004 to 2004   Zambia   Provided safety services for a gemstone mining company

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Fluent
Spanish   Conversant
Japanese   Expert will never starve in a sushi bar. His office has personnel fluent in Japanese.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has taught an average of one course in Safety per semester at USC for a period of 17 years. Taught at Long Beach State, Los Angeles State, and for the College of Insurance. Taught Powerpress Safeguarding, Product Liability, Human Factors, and Lock-out-tag-out for National Safety Council. Taught Conveyor Safeguarding at ASSE Professional Development Conference. ASSE Local Chapter "Fall Investigation and Prevention," "Cold Flow in Automatic Sprinkler Heads." "Expert Witnessing," "Crane Safety."


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