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Occupational Medicine Expert Witness On Driver Fatigue

Occupational Medicine Expert Witness On Driver Fatigue

Occupational medicine expert witness Dr. Kales co-authored a study on the crash risk for truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea. The study found that driver fatigue is a leading factor in large truck crashes. Dr. Kales is a leader in the field of occupational sleep medicine and was among the first occupational medicine directors to institute an objective OSA screening protocol for commercial drivers. He is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School Harvard School of Public Health and Chief of Occupational Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance.

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Construction Safety Expert Witnesses & NYC Crane Collapse

Construction Safety Expert Witnesses & NYC Crane Collapse

What areas may construction safety expert witnesses consult on? These experts are trained in accident reconstruction, building code compliance, general contractor standards, building sites, OSHA regulation, and related matters. Due to the perpetual movement of heavy machinery and heavy objects in the construction industry, there is a constant danger to workers and passersby.

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Aviation Expert Witnesses

Aviation Expert Witnesses

What areas may the aviation expert witness consult on? These experts are experienced in aviation operations, Federal Aviation Administration regulations, aviation accident investigations, and more. In the news, the Boeing Company will pay $12M in fines to the United States Treasury for failing to meet a deadline on improved service instructions and safety certification of its planes. The agreement settles two cases as well as eleven other matters.

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Railroad Expert Witnesses

Railroad Expert Witnesses

Railroad operations adhere to a strict set of federal regulations to maintain safety. When a train derailment occurs, an investigation ensues to determine the cause, be it human factors, a mechanical defect, or an outside source. These types of railway accidents can result in various types of lawsuits, which may require consultation with a railroad expert witness. These experts may consult on railroad warning systems, railway signals, signal and train control, and overall railway safety.

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Mechanical Inspections Expert Witnesses

Mechanical Inspections Expert Witnesses

The family of Juliana Valdez is seeking $10 million in damages after her right leg became trapped in the Macy’s Westfield Garden State Plaza, NJ, escalator. Ms. Valdez lost two toes and has had at least 13 operations to save her foot. The family hired a mechanical inspections expert witness who found that that a support frame on the escalator was broken.

Mechanical inspection experts are retained after an accident or product failure to inspect machinery and write reports or testify in litigation and insurance claims. The inspection found a gap between the escalator steps and also that the escalator was not properly lubricated.

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Defense attorney Bob Hilliard presented expert witness opinion in the Pennsylvania manslaughter case against Lakisha Ward-Green. Ward-Green was charged in the death of Robert Chambers IV. She was driving 75 mph in a 35-mph zone when she crashed into a utility pole. The defense said the victim was not wearing a seat belt and air bags did not open upon impact. Judge Phillip Ignelzi, Alleghany County Court of Common Pleas, set aside Ward-Green’s conviction.

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Automotive Safety Expert Witness On Fiat Chrysler Engineering

Automotive Safety Expert Witness On Fiat Chrysler Engineering

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay a record $105M fine and buy back defective vehicles in an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fiat Chrysler has admitted to violating the Safety Act in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers and notifications to NHTSA.

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Hazardous Materials Expert Witnesses

Hazardous Materials Expert Witnesses

What areas do hazardous materials expert witnesses consult on? These experts write reports and testify on hazardous materials transported by train, tank car, truck, vessel, or by airplane. The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating a train that derailed in northeastern Montana and spilled an estimated 35,000 gallons of crude oil. DOT transportation specialist Michael J. Turnbull says a hazardous materials team used earthen dams to contain the spill near Culbertson, MT. While no waterways were affected by oil, about 30 people were evacuated. Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials reported that 3 of 22 cars that derailed were leaking oil.

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Railroad Accident Expert Witnesses

Railroad Accident Expert Witnesses

Railroad accident expert witnesses may explain railway safety and maintenance standards as well as what may have led to a rail accident. On July 2, a CSX freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in Tennessee. Five thousand people were evacuated from homes and businesses when a tank car containing the hazardous material acrylonitrile began burning.

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Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

In the news, Mark Rosekind, administer of the NHTSA, said that a faulty Takata airbag inflator was involved in the fatal crash of a rental car in California last September. This brings the death toll to eight with more than 100 injuries in the US. Takata announced that 33.8 million air bags are defective after they were found to explode and send shrapnel into the face and body of motorists. The recall is complicated by the news that some cars that had already undergone service would need a second airbag replacement. Retired Takata engineer Mark Lillie has said he will be testifying as an expert witness or “someone with knowledge of Takata in particular” regarding the chemicals used in the air bag inflators.

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