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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…

Repetitive Motion & Overexertion Injuries

By Diane Trainor, Ph.D., CHCM
Expert Article

Occupational Ergonomics is the dominant field of study that relates demands on the musculoskeletal system to the design of the workplace. Within industry, ergonomists focus on the stressors exerted on…

Industrial Robot Safety

By Todd Metcalfe
Expert Overview

Industrial robots, when designed, manufactured, installed, and integrated correctly, have the potential to reduce injuries by removing humans from repetitive and sometimes dangerous work tasks.…

Machine Interlocks & Barrier Guards

By Richard Murray, P.E.
Expert Overview

In the broadest terms, “interlocking” in the world of machine design is simply the connection of two or more elements such that the operation of one element depends on the condition of one…

Confined Space Fatalities

By David A. Breitigam, CIH, CSP
Expert Article

Confined space working conditions have certain inherent risks and specific requirements for worker safety. To the uninformed, the hazards can be subtle, often invisible and misunderstood, but…

Temperature Control

By Kenneth J. Kutchek, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.M.S.E. & Rene Basulto, P.E., MSEM, CGC, C.F.E.I.
Expert Article

Temperature controls can factor into litigation in a variety of cases including the loss of perishable goods, lost product in manufacturing or processing facilities, fire damage, or personal injury…

Sliding Gate Injuries

By Christopher C. Fogarty
Expert Article

Sliding gate systems present a variety of hazards that can cause significant injury if not properly guarded and maintained. Whether motorized or manually-powered, these systems typically include heavy…

Is Your Product Liability Case Really an Electrical Controls Case?

By Jeffrey M. Kobilka, P.E., C.F.E.I.
Expert Article

“Electrical control” is a specialized discipline of electrical engineering where, to put it simply, electrical circuits and programmable electronics are engineered to turn machines and…

Dust Explosion Injury Investigations

By Ronald D. Schaible, CIH, CSP, CPE
Expert Article

In this article, Industrial Hygienist and Workplace Safety Expert, Ronald Schaible, CIH, CSP, CPE provides an introduction to the hazards of manually transferring powders into industrial process…

Brake Failure in Powered Industrial Vehicles

By Stanley Jaworski, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I.
Expert Article

In some portion of industrial truck investigations, the cause of the crash can be linked to a failure in the braking system. Brake failure on vehicles in industrial or construction environments can…

Overhead Door Safety

By Steve Noonan, P.E.
Expert Article

In this article, Mechanical Engineer & Rail Systems Expert, Steve Noonan, P.E., discusses the incidence of injuries involving overhead doors. His discussion includes an overview of overhead door…

Fundamentals of Rotary Airlocks

By John G. Green II, P.E.
Expert Overview

This article explains how rotary airlocks work, what hazards are present, and what the standards are for safely guarding them. The experts at Robson Forensic have investigated many incidents involving…

Electronic Machine Safety Guards

By Kenneth J. Kutchek, P.E., C.F.E.I., C.M.S.E.
Expert Article

In this article, Electrical Engineer, Kenneth J. Kutchek, P.E. provides an introduction to electronic machine safety guards. Designed to enhance the safety of industrial processes and machinery, the…

Failures & Fundamentals: Hydraulic Systems

By John G. Green II, P.E.
Expert Overview

In this article, machinery experts at Robson Forensic provide an introduction to hydraulic systems and the hazards they present. Hydraulic systems are used everywhere, from forklifts to landing gear…

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