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 Expert  727979

Expert in Occupational and Office Ergonomics, Human Factors Engineering, Occupational Safety


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Oregon (OR)
USA
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This expert has worked as an ergonomic-human factors engineering consultant and expert witness in the areas of industrial, office, agriculturial, transportation ergonomics, human factors engineering, industrial engineering and occupational safety and health. This has required competence, familiarity and understanding of: A variety of biomechanical and ergonomic models; familiarity with the basic and advanced literature in anthropometry, human strength, anatomy/physiology, biomechanics, ergonomics and human factors engineering, work measurement and design, cumulative trauma disorders of the upper and lower extremities; Ergonomics and human factors issues related to system and work performance; Human factors and engineering issues of equipment, workstation and tool design; OSHA and other US and International regulatory and advisory body codes and interpretations.

This competence has been accomplished by study, teaching these topics at the undergraduate, graduate levels, at professional conferences and industry short courses and an active research history.

He has published and presented over 60 papers in scientific and ergonomics journals and conferences on these areas. He works as an Ergonomic Consultant with a State Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) and he has worked with employers and employees to develop safe and productive/profitable workplaces, jobs and work environments. This is done by using fundamentals of ergonomics-human factors, industrial engineering (lean engineering, work measurement and design, work flow analysis, system safety), quality control (Six-Sigma), economic and management science as well as relevant OSHA, ISO, ANSI and industry codes and standards. Training in ergonomics and hazard identification is also developed and provided to audiences in general industry, management, labor and professionals. Topics include basic and advanced ergonomics, ergonomics issues and recommendations for patient handling; manual materials handling; hazard identification; general risk quantification and cost benefit analysis; and, whole body vibration.

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biomechanics

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cumulative trauma disorder

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ergonomics

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human factors engineering

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human-factors industrial design

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human-factors product safety

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office ergonomics

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workplace environment engineering

Expert has been retained as an expert witness in over 250 cases involving human factors, ergonomics, occupational health and safety. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in County, State and Federal courts and have worked with clients from general industry, the rail and heavy industry, hospitality industry, marine fisheries and the oil and gas industry. Areas of retention have been in cumulative and acute musculoskeletal injury from overexertion, whole body vibration, slips-trips, collisions, overwork/extreme work hours.
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forensic engineering

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forensics

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industrial design

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industrial engineering

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whole body vibration

Expert has extensive experience in OSHA/ISO safety/health codes and in evaluation of safety/health control and management systems.
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occupational health & safety


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, Oregon;  Eugene, Oregon;  Salem, Oregon;  Gresham, Oregon;  Beaverton, Oregon;  Hillsboro, Oregon;  Springfield, Oregon;  and Vancouver, Washington.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1980   PhD   Industrial Engineering   Texas Tech University  
1976   MA   Experimental Psychology   Texas Tech University  
1972   BS   Electrial Engineering   University of Idaho  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1991 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Oregon OSHA

 

Ergonomic Consultant

 

As an ergonomic consultant with Oregon OSHA, the expert works with employers and employees to develop safe and productive/profitable workplaces, jobs and work environments. This is accomplished by using principals and practices from ergonomics-human factors, industrial engineering (lean engineering, work measurement and design, work flow analysis, system safety), quality control (Six-Sigma), economic and management science as well as relevant OSHA, ISO, ANSI and industry codes and standards. Critical to these efforts is hazard identification and quantification using various hazard quantification methods from ergonomics-human factors and system safety; the development of reasonable and cost effective countermeasures to address hazards or management system deficiencies; provision of training to insure floor level, safety committee, supervisory, management and corporate recognition and accountability for safety, health and ergonomics practices. He prepares and presents training classes (15-minute to four hours in length) to audiences in general industry, management, labor and professionals. Topics include basic and advanced ergonomics, ergonomics issues and recommendations for patient handling; manual materials handling; hazard identification; general risk quantification and cost benefit analysis; and, whole body vibration.

He has successfully worked with companies having as few as two employees, and as many as 2000, and has completed some 800 consultations with Oregon OSHA. Clients have come from city, state and federal governments and public organizations, general industry, construction, agriculture, fisheries, medical, high technology, regional and international aviation firms, a variety of international firms with regional plants, as well as office/industrial and service/manufacturing work environments. He is very experienced and comfortable working with multi-national and English deficient work forces and management personnel.

1984 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Ergonomic-Human Factors Engineering Consultant

 

He has worked as an ergonomics-human factors engineering consultant since 1984. Since 1995, he has primarily worked as an expert witness in the areas of ergonomics, human factors engineering, industrial engineering and occupational safety and health and has been retained in over 80 cases and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in County, State and Federal courts. His areas of competence include health and performance effects of whole body vibration exposure, cumulative trauma disorders of the upper and lower extremities, injuries from slip-trips and falls, maritime and long shoring accidents, cumulative trauma injuries and fatalities. His forensic work has required that he conduct extensive interviews and investigations; make site visits and inspections; develop simulations of equipment/tools on site or as needed; use a variety of biomechanical and ergonomic models and engineering and business methodologies; be familiar with the ergonomic, epidemiological and medical/scientific literature on cumulative trauma disorders to the upper and lower extremities and other occupationally related injuries and illnesses; be familiar with ergonomics and human factors issues related to system and work performance; understand and apply human factors and engineering issues of workstation and tool design; be familiar with OSHA and other US and International regulatory and advisory body codes and interpretations; and, develop and defend professional reports.


1988 to 1991

 

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

 

Department of Industrial Engineering

 

Asst. Professor of Industrial Engineering

 

At the University of Wisconsin Platteville he taught and developed graduate and upper level courses in human factors engineering/ergonomics, work measurement and design, operations research, production systems analysis, system safety-quantitative risk assessment, biomechanics, work physiology, engineering economic analysis and senior design. He served as advisor to up to 10 students a year. He was active in industrial outreach, consulting and scholarly research and publication and has over 60 publications and presentations in human factors and ergonomics.

1981 to 1988

 

Auburn University

 

Industrial Engineering Department

 

Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering

 

At the Auburn University he taught and developed graduate and upper level courses in human factors engineering/ergonomics, work measurement and design, operations research, production systems analysis, system safety -quantitative risk assessment, biomechanics, work physiology, engineering economic analysis and senior design. He served as advisor to up to 10 students a year and directed master and PhD level student research and development. He was active in consulting and industrial outreach and teaching. He was active in research and publication and has over 60 publications and presentations in human factors and ergonomics.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Licenses/Certifications

P.E., State of Wisconsin, CPE (Certified Professional Ergonomist)


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 60 papers and presentations in professional journals, US and international professional conferences with reviewed proceedings.


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1991 to   Oregon OSHA   Ergonomic Consultant   As a full time State Employee, he performs ergonomic consultations to assist employers identify and address ergonomic issues as well as those related to safety, industrial hygiene and process safety management

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Warehouse ergonomic expert.
  • Expert for consulting on Standard sized line of products.
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:
He has worked as expert witness in the areas of ergonomics, human factors engineering, industrial engineering and occupational safety and health since 1995. He has been retained in over 150 cases and have represented plaintiffs and defendants in County, State and Federal courts. Clients have been from general industry, the transportation industry, hospitality industry, marine fisheries, cruise lines, maritime operations/longshoring, public organizations and individuals.

The general focus of cases in which I have been involved includes: • Cumulative trauma injuries of the musculoskeletal system (upper and lower body, back) in transportation industry employees (railroad, maritime, cruise line) as well as in individuals employed in general industry and service sector positions; • Musculoskeletal injuries in general; • Injuries from slips and falls; • Accident, injury and fatality investigations using a variety of quantitative risk assessment and human factors-ergonomics methods as well as traditional investigation methods for events in general industry, railroad, transportation, longshoring and maritime operations; • Occupational safety and health (i.e., OSHA) issues from basic code compliance to more complicated hazard and accident issues; • Evaluation of facilities, equipment and duties from a human factors-ergonomics perspective.

These cases have required that he: Conduct extensive interviews and factual investigations; make site visits and inspections; develop simulations of equipment/tools and tasks; use a variety of biomechanical models (U of M 3DSSPP, NIOSH Lifting Models) and engineering methodologies; be familiar with various work evaluation/quantification methods such as RULA or QEC, be familiar with the ergonomic, epidemiological and medical/scientific literature on cumulative trauma disorders to the upper and lower extremities as well as other occupationally related injuries and illnesses; be familiar with OSHA, FELA, Jones Act and other National and International regulatory and advisory body codes and interpretations; prepare and defend as necessary expert reports and findings.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in control retrofit of a steel fabricating machine for injury litigation.
  • Ergonomics expert witness in carpal tunnel for workers' compensation claimant.
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.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Mandrain Chinese   Basic communication skills

Market Research:
The expert has worked successfully as an ergonomic consultant in a wide range of industrial and service sector facilities ranging from agriculture, fish processing, wood products, over the road trucking, long shoring, warehouse operations, dental and medical clinics, offices in general, software houses, telemarketing and customer support, small and heavy manufacturing and primary metals, semiconductor-high technology assembly and fabrication facilities, wafer manufacturing facilities, anhydrous ammonia, chlorine and related chemical facilties, and extensive experience as an expert witness in railroad operations.

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:
Training/Seminars

The expert has a 30-year history of developing and presenting classes in ergonomics, human factors and related areas. Most recently the following topics/classes were developed and presented: Basic and advanced ergonomics/human factors; Manual materials handling; Whole body vibration; Introduction to ergonomics for optical device manufacturing, emphasis engineering and facility design personnel;Office ergonomics; Ergonomics for Assisted Living facilities Understanding occupationally related hip injuries


 

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