SAFETY EXPERT WITNESS & LEGAL CONSULTING
Attorneys throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and around the United States count on the experts at Safety Compliance Management for assistance when experts are needed. Our health and safety Expert Witness Services/Litigation Consulting team is headed by Paul Gantt. Paul has been working as an OSHA Expert Witness for nearly two decades. In conjunction with this, several articles that he has written regarding how to be successful in this field have been published. He has also spoken on several occasions at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) National Professional Development Conference on the topic.
The health and safety expert witness services at Safety Compliance Management provide qualified personnel; they are certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in a wide range of areas that include Certified Safety Professionals, Certified Environmental Health and Safety Trainers, and Construction Health and Safety Technicians. Several members of our San Francisco Bay Area team are also OSHA authorized Outreach Instructors for both the construction and general industry 10 and 30 hour courses.
Safety Expert Witness Testimony
Areas where the team is actively involved include OSHA citation defense, third party liability, multi-employer worksites, contractor and subcontractor activities, construction safety, confined space incidents, fall protection, hazardous materials, and general regulatory compliance including compliance with OSHA, Cal-OSHA, and Fire Code regulations.
Safety Compliance Management team members provided testimony at two stages of actions involving a fatal accident where an employee was electrocuted. In both stages, we were successful in its presentation of the facts leading to a favorable verdict. In the first stage, the team determined the critical factors that ultimately led to a successful settlement for the plaintiff’s estate. Following this, Safety Compliance Management was retained by one of the original defendants to work to resolve their involvement in the death and paying of the damages that were to be awarded. The involvement included serving as the final witness providing testimony that led to a victory when the jury determined in deliberations of less than 30 minute that the firm that hired us was not responsible for any damages.
The Safety Compliance Management team has worked on numerous cases involving falls from heights. In one case we worked with the defense team to get a rapid settlement of a serious and willful proceeding. The attorney that hired the Safety Compliance Management team related the following: “Thank you so much for accepting the assignment. As it turns out, we were able to negotiate a settlement of (the) claim on very favorable grounds, in part by announcing our retention of a premier fall protection expert.”
Safety Compliance Management currently works with a group of attorneys working on cases involving spontaneous ignition in restaurants where incorrect application of the Fire Code was applied. The team has been able to consistently show the appropriate application of specific Code sections relative to this area resulting in favorable settlements in all instances.
Safety Compliance Management was retained to serve as an expert witness in a construction accident involving two electricians who died in a confined space in Chino, California. We researched the issues and provided a deposition on the major cause of the accident. The case was ultimately settled following our deposition prior to trial.
Safety Compliance Management was retained to serve as an expert witness in a construction accident involving a worker who suffered major facial fractures from an accident involving a pipe that had been improperly packaged for shipment.
The Safety Compliance Management team was involved in a Federal Court case involving the mishandling and use of various paint strippers. The incident involved a fatal exposure to the materials. Following the development of a report related to the proper methods of handling and use of the materials, and the lack of required safety programs in place by the employer, the case settled.