Dennis B. Brickman

Dennis B. Brickman, P.E.


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 39 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 developed specialized expertise in the safety of children’s products, outdoor power equipment, tree care machinery, elastic cord products, and automatic door sensor systems. He leverages established scientific methods and the latest technologies to gather and analyze key facts, and has been a sought-after presenter for his breakthrough use of virtual reality (VR) to raise awareness about a specific safety issue present on some home elevators. By pairing VR with the results of his testing and analysis, Mr. Brickman clearly shows how this issue poses a specific risk to children and contributes to a more complete understanding of the design/installation conditions that can present a potential entrapment and crushing hazard for children.

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.


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