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Wood Truss Failures: Typical Failure Modes

By Robson Forensic
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This article provides an overview of wood truss systems with a focus on how and why these systems typically fail. Wood Truss System Failures The civil/structural engineers at Robson Forensic are…

Utility Line Contact Shock Injury Investigation

By Les Winter, P.E.
Expert Article

In this case a construction laborer working on scaffolding was injured when an object he was holding contacted an electrical utility wire. The worker was shocked and fell to the ground below. This…

Bridge Fire - Expert Discusses Safety Standards with Post-Gazette

By J. David Gardner, P.E.
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David Gardner, P.E. was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 8, 2016 to discuss construction safety standards relevant to hot work and fire prevention. Excerpts from the interview…

Construction Guardrail Failures

By Mark Duckett, P.E., S.I.
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In this article, Structural Engineer, Mark Duckett, P.E., S.I., discusses the topic of construction guardrail failures. Through video, he introduces a properly designed and constructed guardrail, and…

Protecting Against Trench Cave-Ins & Collapses

By J. David Gardner, P.E.
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In the second part of this three-piece article on trench collapses, the civil engineers at Robson Forensic discuss why trenches collapse and provide an introduction to some of the most common methods…

Trench Collapses & Soil Identification

By J. David Gardner, P.E.
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In the first part of this three-piece article on trench collapses, the civil engineers at Robson Forensic discuss soil identification, which is an important step in determining which protective method…

Shift Work, Sleep Deprivation, and Industrial Accidents

By Ronald D. Schaible, CIH, CSP, CPE
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In this article, Robson Forensic experts in Human Factors and Industrial Safety discuss some of the risks associated with shift work and other non-traditional work schedules. Asleep at the Assembly…

Investigating Ladder Incidents

By Brent R. Leisenring, P.E.
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While most people have used ladders, few people are familiar with the proper terminology to describe the components of a ladder; for this reason, the experts at Robson Forensic have created this…

Construction Site-Adjacent Injuries

By William E. J. Martin, AIA, NCARB
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After many years of depressed activity the construction industry is experiencing a renewed vigor. Along with a positive economic boost for the industry, the resumption of construction activity will…

Construction Scaffolding Hazards & Injury Prevention

By Brent R. Leisenring, P.E.
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This document provides an introduction to some of the requirements intended to prevent scaffold related injuries. Construction Scaffold Hazards About 65% of all construction workers use scaffolding in…

Portable Toilet - Expert Opinion Supports $5 Million Settlement

By Brian O’Donel, P.E.
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Facilities Engineer, Brian O’Donel was retained by plaintiff’s counsel to investigate an incident in which Donald Adams III was injured in a portable toilet that tipped over, leaving him…

Trip & Fall - Trip Injury near an Active Construction Zone

By William E. J. Martin, AIA, NCARB
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In this case, William E. J. Martin, AIA, NCARB, who was previously a licensed general contractor, was retained to determine whether rigging equipment, which was left outside of the secured…

Personal Protective Equipment

By Ronald D. Schaible, CIH, CSP, CPE
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In this article, certified industrial hygienist, Ron Schaible, CIH, discusses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the workplace, with an emphasis on the importance of establishing and complying…

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