Dennis B. Brickman

Dennis B. Brickman, P.E.

Principal

Dennis Brickman is a Principal at ESi, a proven leader with a relentless, client-focused approach and a commitment to quality that have made him a trusted advisor to individuals, businesses, manufacturers, government agencies, and law firms. An industry veteran with over 30 years of mechanical engineering and materials science experience, Mr. Brickman is a staunch safety advocate with a passion for cutting through complexity and deploying technical expertise, tools and industry best practices in service to his clients. He has developed and delivered recommendations that range from the practical to the groundbreaking, and has helped clients successfully navigate a wide range of complex safety issues.

Mr. Brickman applies strong technical knowledge and real-world understanding of the design and manufacture of consumer products to help clients resolve safety concerns across the full product lifecycle — from product design, development, and manufacture to accident investigation, failure analysis, and product recall. As product safety is often related to interactions between people, environment and machinery during manufacture and use, Mr. Brickman is frequently engaged to assess commercial and industrial equipment and facilities and provide guidance on product risk assessment, human factors and ergonomics, safeguarding, experimental testing, safety standards, safety training, and warnings and instructions.

While his career has spanned many different industries, Mr. Brickman has also developed specialized expertise in the safety of children’s products, outdoor power equipment, tree care machinery, elastic cord products, and automatic door sensor systems.

Mr. Brickman’s commitment to safety is not limited to his every day consulting activities – he considers education and awareness an important part of his contributions to the field of safety. In addition to chairing over 20 engineering and human factors conference sessions, Mr. Brickman has been invited to speak at forums hosted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Safety Institute, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He has also performed interlock and lockout/tagout research for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and developed training modules for OSHA. Well-regarded by his peers, Mr. Brickman’s safety studies have been presented in regulatory proceedings, safety standards development committee meetings, and litigation proceedings in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Brickman has published dozens of peer-reviewed technical papers, including The Safety Hierarchy issued by The National Safety Council. He has also provided expert testimony in product liability, premises liability, class action, patent, and intellectual property matters pending before both state and federal courts.

Publications

  • Tanker Truck Loading Platform Fall Protection Accident Reconstruction Analysis, The XXIXth Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, June 2017
  • Preventing Failures in Elastomeric Resistance Bands, 2017 SPE ANTEC Conference, May 2017
  • Automatic Sliding Door Sensor Safety Analysis, Proceedings of the XXVIIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, June 2016
  • Beach Rental Elevator Child Entrapment Safety Analysis, Proceedings of the XXVIIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, September 2016
  • Shelving Cart Design and Manufacturing Safety Analysis, Proceedings of the XXVIIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, June 2016
  • Failure Analysis of a Plastic Toy Helicopter, Proceedings fo the Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference, May 2016
  • Methods of Accident Reconstruction: Biomechanical and Human Factors Considerations, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, November 2015
  • Aboveground Swimming Pool Ladder Safety: The Application of Child Resistance to a Consumer Product Used by Children, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 59th Annual Meeting, January 2015
  • Commercial Hand-fed Chipper Winch Line Accident Reconstruction Analysis, Proceedings of the XXVIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, May 2015
  • Dressover Tipover Child Accident Reconstruction Case Study, Proceedings of the XXVIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, May 2015
  • See CV for further publications

Project Experience

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.

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