Consumer product safety expert witness candidates typically have backgrounds in human factors, consumer product safety, materials engineering, product design, and/or are Certified Fire & Explosion Investigators (CFEI) . In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a subject matter expert with prior expert testimony experience. Experts should be familiar with the guidelines and product warning statements published by leading authorities. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a government organization tasked with protecting consumers from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. Consumer Reports and the Consumer Federation of America also actively publish information on product safety and recalls.
Oftentimes, a consumer product safety expert witness is called in on a consumer product liability case or personal injury case. Litigation support could include product testing, accident reconstruction, product failure analysis, forensic engineering, an expert report, expert opinion, and expert witness testimony in court.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Consumer Product Safety experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Consumer Product Safety landscape.
This expert is the principal consultant in a forensic consulting firm. This expert's focus is as an expert witness to both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving human factors, retail displays, conspicuousness of hazards, and site design and planning. As such this expert has dealt with many instances of retail floor safety and retail display safety, whether erected by the store or the outside product vendor. Before consulting this expert served as Director of Store Design for multiple supermarket chains. This expert has particular expertise in merchandising and product display safety.
This expert is an electrical engineering expert with many years of hands-on experience in industrial controls, automation, machinery, equipment, industrial safety and machine safeguarding. This expert applies expertise to forensic casework involving industrial controls, machine safeguarding, workplace safety, industrial/commercial/residential electric power systems, electrical related fires, electric shocks, and electrocutions. This expert is proficient in the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Standards for General Industry, and OSHA Electrical Safety Standards.
For many years this expert was a controls engineer for a control system integrator, where this expert was involved in control panel design, industrial automation, machine control, electrical design, software programming, installation, electrical contractor supervision, machine safeguarding, commissioning, project management, electrical power distribution and workplace safety. This expert was a corporate engineer performing electrical engineering in 4 different manufacturing facilities, including industrial controls, automation, process control, process engineering, quality control, robotics, industrial safety, machine safeguarding manufacturing supervision, and product development.
This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
This expert provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving design, construction, operation, maintenance and training of electrical systems, equipment and devices.
This expert’s areas of expertise include:
Automation, controls, automated manufacturing, automated assembly lines, conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, robotic cells, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), test cells, gantries, cranes, elevators, conveyors, lifts, turn tables, pumps, fans, scales, instrumentation, motion control, process control, boiler control, steam control, speed control, industrial controls, HVAC systems, air conditioners, air handling, boilers, compressed air, exhaust, centrifugal and absorption chillers, heaters, ovens, presses, grinders, cutting, broaching, stamping presses, hydraulics, pneumatics, vision, inspection, weighing, RFID, barcode, RF Radios, recipe/batch management, gas analyzers, motor controls, motion control, electrical control panels, control panel design/build (UL certified), PLC, HMI, MES, SCADA and software development, industrial communications (wired and wireless), information systems, data collection, data reporting, alarming, and industrial safety.
This expert’s expertise also extends to:
Industrial control software, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), graphical user interface (GUI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Other software Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft SQL. PLC Software, Allen Bradley/Rockwell RSLogix/5/500/5000/IPDS, Siemens S5/S7/TIA Portal, Mitsubishi MEDOC/GX Developer/GX Works, Omron, Telemechanique, Modicon,B+R, Opto22, Steeplechase VLC, PC Worx, Wago, Automation Direct, Koyo HMI / GUI / SCADA Software, Rockwell RSView, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Allen Bradley Panelbuilder, Siemens WinCC, Mitsubishi GOT, Mitsubishi GX Worx, Wonderware, Intellution, Iconics, Cimplicity, Proficy iFix, Indusoft, Automation Direct C-more, Industrial Communication Networks, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet I/P, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Interbus, and ASi-Bus.
This expert is an independent consultant in the safe use and design of construction, industrial, and agricultural equipment. This expert's experience includes the evaluation of product design, warnings development and safety and operational training. This expert served as a delegate on various ISO and ANSI subcommittees and is as a noted authority on lifting equipment safety.
This expert has a Masters in Design and a PhD in engineering with course work that spanned product design, safety, industrial systems design, robotics, kinematics and mechanical engineering. This expert's expert witness experience includes intellectual property (patents, trade secrets and trade dress), product design, product liability and mechanical failure analysis, manufacturing system failure, safety analysis, and automotive and motorcycle system failures. This expert is a recognized artist, award winning producer, interior designer, author of a robotics text, journal and conference papers that include automation systems, alternative fuels and automotive engine design, a racing car engine researcher and designer, and the holder of six US patents that include alternative automotive fuels and furniture design. This expert is an Associate Professor in departments of industrial engineering and management systems and in a school of visual arts and design.
This expert brings to the table many years of experience as the principle investigator of a highly successful forensic consultancy specializing in the fields of Human Factors, Safety Engineering, Industrial Engineering. This expert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Mechanical), a Master's Degree in Safety, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering. This expert also serves as adjunct associate professor in a Systems and Industrial Engineering Department in a College of Engineering.
Throughout the years, this expert has been retained to investigate systems for probable potential incident causes due to oversights or mistakes due to design, manufacture, construction and/or maintenance of a product or premise. Using forensic methods coupled with the principles and practices for human factors/ergonomics, systems engineering, industrial engineering, and safety engineering to analyze incidents, these investigations are intended to result in recommendations for modifications of the existing system to reduce the probability of future occurrences. This expert's investigations generally include looking at human performance characteristics and the interaction with the other system components: other humans, the technology, the environment, and the interfaces that are intended to facilitate the interactions. The various human performance characteristics can include 1) the physical (anthropometry, kinematics, strength, joint range of motion), 2) physiological (the sensory systems, performance capacity), 3) psychological (decision making, risk identification, assessment, and aversion, perception, expectations, information processing, communications), and 4) biomechanics (injury causation, forces applied to the body, forces applied by the body).
This expert has served as an expert witness in hundreds of litigated matters. This expert's unique educational and experiential background, combined with meticulous attention to detail provide clients with exceptionally high-quality reports, qualified expert testimony, and effective technical case management.
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This expert is a consultant to national and international corporations in the areas of product development, manufacturing, packaging, warnings and instructions. This expert has consulted on more than five thousand matters involving human factors, safety, personal injury and product liability. A licensed P. E. with a specialty in Safety Engineering and Design, this expert has many years of experience consulting to insurance companies, municipalities, government agencies and the legal profession. In addition to participating in numerous product liability cases, this expert has authored and presented on the topic extensively. In addition, this expert holds a PhD in Chemistry, has many of experience in polymers and is the named inventor on numerous U.S. patents involving plastics that have been commercialized, including protective headgear and numerous household products. This expert's areas of specialty include new product development, human factors, OSHA, safety, voluntary standards, statutes, labeling, custom and practice, technology and cost in relationship to the hazards, and dangers and risks involved in the use and application of consumer products. An active member of the ASTM for years, this expert has been involved in the creation of the standards and testing involved with polymeric products. Directly involved with the safety and design analysis of consumer products, warnings and instructions, this expert has created and pioneered an innovative approach for evaluating the adequacy and communication effectiveness of the warning and instructional materials associated with any product. This expert has created and critiqued warnings and instructions for a large variety of products and standards used throughout the world. This expert is well published in the areas of plastics, safety engineering and design, and household and industrial product safety. In addition to participating in numerous product liability cases (testified 9 times, deposed 20+), this expert has authored and presented on the topic extensively.
This expert is a Senior Consultant and Director of Technology and Instrumentation. This expert holds MS and BS degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, respectively. This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Certified Product Safety Manager (C.P.S.M.), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), and a Certified XL Tribometrist (CXLT).
This expert’s recent professional activities include studies on floor slip resistance measurement; human vibration and acceleration exposure measurement and analysis; recreational boat design, watercraft occupant safety, and towed watersports safety; time study; product, occupational, and premises safety assessments; accident investigation; warnings design and evaluation; and human movement, climbing, and stability analysis. This expert is a member of several professional societies including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Boat and Yacht Council, and USA Water Ski. This expert has authored and co-authored publications addressing recreational boat design and occupant protection, floor slip resistance measurement, hazard analysis, and warnings. As a human factors engineering expert, this expert has analyzed conspicuity issues on a number of cases related to trips/falls over obstacles on a variety of premises. This expert has been deposed 35 times and testified in 9 trials and has never been disqualified.