Intended to protect humans from personal injury, machine guarding refers to the safety features on manufacturing or engineering equipment. A machine guarding expert witness is typically a licensed professional engineer or certified safety professional with a background and expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, and/or industrial design. An expert witness in machine safety and machine guarding should also be familiar with the hazards addressed in OSHA standards and OSHA regulations. The chosen expert is often a member of an industry or technical organization, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IEEE, or the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA).
Frequently, matters requiring machine guarding expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review or trade secret disputes. A forensic expert can reverse engineer components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A machine guarding expert could also be called in to consult on technical issues, which could require forensic engineering work. A machine guarding expert witness might also provide testimony in a torts matter like a personal injury case as a result of an accident, or a product liability case involving the failure analysis involving the machine safety of industrial equipment or construction equipment.
Litigation support by a machine guarding expert witness could include reverse engineering, expert report, expert opinion, and expert testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a mechanical engineer with prior expert witness experience. An engineering expert witness needs to not only have technical expertise, an expert witness must possess the ability to explain technology to lay people. In addition, clients may seek an mechanical engineering expert witness for pre-litigation consulting work.
Whether the case involves farm machinery, industrial machinery, construction safety, machine safeguarding, machine tools, factory automation systems, robots, or anything in between, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly. We provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Machine Guarding experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Machine Guarding landscape.
In addition to experience in matters involving all types of machine guarding issues, this expert spent many years testifying on accidents involving tire and tire/rim "explosions." One of this expert's publications includes a mathematical calculation of the tremendous energy released in such events. The central thesis in most of those cases was the necessity of a safety device to protect the tire mechanic.
This expert holds degrees in mechanical engineering. This expert is an Associate Director of Advanced Engineering Design and Development. This expert has special certification in Reliability and Failure Probability, and Failure Modes and Effect analysis.
This expert has many years of experience in product design, development and manufacturing and holds a Master's degree in Bioengineering. Machine guarding is central to this expert's career. In designing machines for automated testing of athletic shoes this expert integrated machine guards into every machine. This expert designed a robotic test cell that incorporated a myriad of machine guards. In this expert's forensic work, this expert has been the expert witness in a variety of cases involving machine guarding.
At an early age this expert completed machinists training and understands machine guarding from a user's, as well as a designer's perspective.
This expert is both a Professional Engineer and a Ph.D. who focuses on human factors and the biomechanics of injury causation. This expert has significant experience industry as well as consulting experience in product design, manufacturing and safety-related issues and the applicable standards for a wide variety of products and applications. This expert's experience with Industrial accidents in particular, includes machine guarding, rotating machinery, pinch-points, forklifts, explosions and OSHA/MESHA issues. This expert is well published, is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, and holds a machine guarding patent with another application pending.
This expert is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. This expert wrote a white paper on machine guarding accidents which has remined the seminal writing in the subject for many years. This expert has since focused on Product Design and Manufacturing. This expert has received honors from the National Academy of Science and was a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing division. This expert has consulted for multinational firms and has an impressive list of litigation support projects. This expert has been an expert in as many cases, a few of which have been focused on machine guarding.