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In this case, a five year old boy was injured by a carousel conveyor in a retail store. Among other findings, our expert concluded that the conveyor was not adequately guarded and unnecessarily exposed the boy to hazardous moving parts.

Conveyor Entrapment Incident

A five year old boy was injured by a carousel conveyor in a retail store. He was at the store with his parents when he placed one of his toys on top of a moving conveyor display. His toy fell from the moving conveyor to the floor. The boy bent down to pick up the toy and as he stood up, he raised his hand and it become entrapped and injured within the unguarded moving parts of the conveyor.

Our expert concluded that the conveyor was not adequately guarded and unnecessarily exposed the boy to hazardous moving parts. Additionally, it was concluded that the conveyor did not comply with applicable national standards and industry guidelines in effect at the time the conveyor was manufactured. Our expert substantiated that adequate safeguards were feasible, would not defeat the utility of the machine, and would not impose a significant cost penalty upon the manufacturer.

This case resolved favorably for our client.

INDUSTRIAL MACHINE SAFETY

Manufacturers must assure that hazards are engineered out of the product during the design process. If a hazard is inherent and cannot be designed out of the machine, system, or process, the hazard must be guarded. In all cases, the user must be warned or instructed about dangers of the product. These steps form the fundamental principles and rules of practice for the safe and appropriate engineering of products, and are sometimes referred to as the hierarchy of hazard control.

The requirement for guarding and, more broadly, machine safety is reinforced by a number of government and industry oversight organizations. Robson Forensic possesses an extensive technical library that houses standards and reference materials dating throughout the modern industrial era. In many forensic investigations, our experts are able to reference industry specific resources to establish the relevant standard of care at the time that a piece of machinery or equipment was designed, built, or modified.

WORKPLACE SAFETY & MACHINE GUARDING INVESTIGATIONS

The industrial safety experts at Robson Forensic have designed, built, maintained, and operated a broad variety of industrial machinery. Moreover, our experts have investigated countless mishaps over the years involving all manner of equipment. By retaining Robson Forensic, you are securing the full weight of our collective experience, knowledge, and resources toward the resolution of your case.

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Featured Expert

Harold Ehrlich

Industrial Engineer & Machine Safety Expert

Harry has worked as an Industrial Engineer since 1978. He has been responsible for the design and manufacture of consumer products, as well as commercial and industrial equipment. Harry provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of litigation involving product liability, and mechanical, industrial and construction accidents.

Harry has extensive experience in the area of compliance with safety standards; he has worked closely with Underwriters Laboratories, Canadian Standards Association, as well as overseas safety agencies. Harry has been responsible for product development, product testing, Quality Control, as well as factory floor safety. He has a broad background in machine guarding, industrial safeguards, personal protective equipment, training, and supervision.