Safety isn’t always simple. It can be a significant challenge, especially in environments where technology evolves much more quickly than many of the people using it on a daily basis can adapt to.
ESi’s trained and certified safety experts work with companies, attorneys, and courts to help them understand these complexities, and to achieve optimal solutions that keep people safe during their everyday work.
The members of our safety team work with companies to reduce the costs of accidents, product liability claims, workers compensation, and OSHA violations, often by collaborating with them to design and market safer products and label them with more effective warnings and other safety information. We also help our clients comply with OSHA regulations, and when necessary, work with them to remediate or contest OSHA violations.
Our team is made up of engineers and safety experts with a broad range of experience in safety issues, ranging from proactive risk assessment and design review, to accident reconstruction and forensic investigation. Many have first-hand experience with managing product safety and employee safety programs, giving them the experience necessary to help our clients make day-to-day decisions that will improve safety conditions for their employees and buyers of their products.
Our team members are fluent in federal, state, and local safety codes, as well as domestic and international consensus standards, including European Union (CE) standards and directives. Many members of our team also hold leadership positions on the committees that maintain those codes and standards, including the ANSI A14 standards on Ladder Safety, ANSI B11 standards on Machinery Safety, and ISO 12643 standards on Printing and Paper Converting Equipment.
A train service employee fell from a tank car while attempting to dismount the car. Repairs were made to the car prior to position of the safety appliances (sill step) being measured.
A plant that produced iron powder for use in manufacturing metal parts had a series of three flash fires and deflagrations within a 6-month period, resulting in a total of five fatalities.
ESi was retained by the manufacturer of personal fall protection equipment to perform a safety analysis and documented risk assessment of a newly designed detachable cable sleeve. This product provides fall protection for workers climbing fixed ladders in multiple industrial applications.
Utilizing the worker’s described scenario as the working hypothesis, data were collected to support or rule out this sequence. ESi’s investigation included a site inspection to evaluate the scene and measure the distances between the platform, ground, and rail.
Eyewitness testimony was inconsistent regarding the initial location. ESi needed to evaluate the physical evidence of the geometry of the staircase, the railings, and her final location to determine what fall scenarios could be consistent with the laws of physics.
Biomechanical accident reconstruction analysis methodologies were used to address injury modes associated with human operator involvement with a commercial hand fed tree chipper winch line.
A female pedestrian wearing black clothing was injured when an automatic sliding door closed on her while she was standing at the right door threshold. An accident reconstruction was performed to document the injury mechanism.
ESi welcomes Torrence Welch, Ph.D., a new Sr. Managing Consultant in our Biomechanics and Safety practice. Dr. Welch is a highly qualified biomechanical engineer and will be based in our Atlanta, Georgia office.
This course will educate the attendee to the advantages and limitations of safety equipment in the realm of litigation. It will show how experts, such as biomechanical engineers and other investigators, evaluate incidents where safety equipment was, or was not used but should have been. Case examples involving the use and non-use of safety equipment, provide detailed explanations on how to successfully use biomechanical principles and investigative data to close a legal claim.
ESi consultant Jon van Poppel, P.E. presented “A Parametric Study of Adaptive Load-Limiting Restraint System with Weight Sensing Considerations,” at the 26th Int'l Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles.
ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.Find an Expert Contact Us