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Construction Safety: Baker Scaffolds

By Jeffrey A. Tedder, P.E.
Expert Overview

Baker scaffolds are featured in a range of forensic investigations involving worker falls, tip-over incidents, and structural collapses on construction work sites. In this article, Civil Engineer…

Best Practice Recommendations for Ocean Towing MODUs

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Presentation

This paper was written by Bartley Eckhardt, P.E., of Robson Forensic; and Capt. Eric Johansson of SUNY Maritime College; and presented at the International Tug & Salvage…

Technical Analysis of Ocean Towing Evolutions

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
Expert Presentation

Ocean towing in general, and non-routine tows in particular, present unique technical challenges to towing vessel owners/operators, salvors, the offshore oil/gas and wind industries, and others. When…

Vehicle Black Box (EDR) Reports 101

By Chase Nalls
Expert Article

The data readout from an automotive Event Data Recorder (EDR) or vehicle "black box" is often a topic of curiosity. This data was designed by engineers to be analyzed by engineers toward the purpose…

Introduction to Vehicle Restraint Systems

By Chase Nalls
Expert Overview

In this article, the automotive engineers at Robson Forensic provide an introduction to vehicle restraint systems and how forensic experts inspect these systems as part of an investigation. Vehicle…

Machine Guarding & Lockout/Tagout

By Todd Metcalfe
Expert Article

A significant portion of our machine guarding investigations involve situations where machine guards are removed and/or workers place their hands and/or other body parts within a machine’s…

Conveyor Injuries & Mishaps

By Todd Metcalfe
Expert Article

The experts at Robson Forensic investigate many industrial mishaps to understand how they occurred and to determine the responsibilities of the parties involved. These investigations involve a range…

Hot Water Scalds

By Raj Srinivas, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Expert Article

This article provides an introduction to hot water scalds, including information on the temperatures at which scalding injuries occur as well as the safety equipment designed to reduce the risk of…

Solitary Confinement & Restrictive Housing

By Paul M. Adee, CCM, CCHP
Expert Article

Our experts in correctional operations are frequently retained to investigate incidents of inmate deaths and severe injuries. Inmates in restrictive housing (traditionally referred to as…

Wheelchair Footrests & Leg Rests

By Joseph Muniak, MS, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, HEM
Expert Overview

Leg supports, including footrests and leg rests, are an integral part of safe and efficient transportation when using a wheelchair. In this article, health care expert and occupational therapist, Dr.…

Gym Class Injuries: Physical Education & Student Safety

By Joseph A. Blackman
Expert Article

Planning for injury prevention, student safety, and emergency response is necessary for properly conducting a physical education class. This article addresses best practices in the form of a safe…

SCUBA & Snorkeling Instruction

By Brett Scott Galambos, MSDI, M.Ed.
Expert Article

SCUBA and snorkeling can be reasonably safe when properly supervised and directed in accordance with the World Recreational SCUBA Training Council standards. In this article, SCUBA and snorkeling…

Tractor Trailer Underride Investigations

By Christopher D. Roche
Expert Article

In this article, vehicle engineer Christopher Roche provides an overview of heavy truck underride incidents. His discussion includes a description of underride events, why they occur, relevant US…

Elevator Jolting

By Michael Vallone, C.E.I.
Expert Article

Elevator experts are often contacted about an elevator “jolting.” Jolting is a term used by plaintiffs for a variety of ride quality issues that are experienced while riding an elevator.…

Injuries in Weightlifting & Fitness Facilities

By David Ester
Expert Article

Weightlifting and fitness facilities are designed to promote fitness and health, but they are not without their share of risks. In this article, David Ester explores common causes of injury in these…

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