Forensic Expert Witness Services

35+ Years of Overhead Crane Experience

  1. Work Experience

    • Dearborn Crane & Engineering, 1965 to 1975, part time
    • Dearborn Crane & Engineering, 1975 to 2012
    • Xcel Computer Systems, 1985 to 1989
    • Overhead Crane Consulting, 2016 to present
  2. Education

    • University of Notre Dame, BA Finance 1975
    • Harvard Graduate School of Business, OPM13 1988
  3. Professional Experience

    1. Public Speaking to engineering and trade associations
    2. Technical article publishing
    3. Co-developed US Patent #4346799
    4. Boards of various companies and associations
    5. Install an ISO 9001 quality program in less than one year for under $50K
    6. Teaching for both OSHA 10/30 hour and to various A/E/C's (architects, engineering and contractors).
 
Forensic Expert Witness Association
 

Areas Of Expertise

1. Overhead (EOT) Cranes

2. Overhead Crane Runways

3. Gantry Cranes

4. Jib Cranes

5. Monorails

6. Hoists & Trolleys

7. Mobile Construction Cranes (not including fixed Tower Cranes)

8. OSHA Safety Programs

9. Corporate Crane Safety Policy Proceedures

Overhead Crane Consulting Services Available

1. Litigation Consulting

Accident review including site inspection with photo/video documentation

2. Crane Engineering Review

Forensic Engineering including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and structural engineering review of the crane and/or crane runway

3. Technical Specification Review

Including, but not limited to CMAA, ASME, AIST, MBMA and OSHA

4. Independent Forensic Witness Opinions

Including accident evidence review, depositions and trial testimony

5. Crane Safety Policy Review and Evaluation

Including OSHA crane inspection review, OSHA/ASME/ANSI safety program review and review of the adequacy and implementation of corporate safety policies and paper trail

The Lawyer's Guides To Cranes White Paper Series

I've written the following "Lawyer's Guides" for two reasons. First, to aid the lawyer in accurately evaluating the potential clients case. This can most efficiently be accomplished with clear communication and that requires a basic understanding of the equipment and the use of consistent vocabulary between the parties. Second, to help explain basic engineering such that the lawyer can paint a comprehendable picture to a judge and/or a jury. Bottom line is that you can't explain something until you understand it yourself.


Lawyer's Guide #1: Crane Identification

There are many types of cranes, all with different governing bodies and different regulations. The absolute first step in a crane related case must the accurate determination of the type of crane in question.


Lawyer's Guide #2: Overhead Crane Governing Bodies

There are a multitude of governing bodies that are used in the Overhead (EOT) Crane business. To name a just a few are the CMAA, AIST and ASME. Here is a mind-map show the interrelationship of the various organizations with specification numbers and contact information.


Lawyer's Guide #3: Mobile Cranes Governing Bodies

Here too are a multitude of governing bodies that are used in the Overhead (EOT) Crane business. To name a just a few are the CMAA, AIST and ASME. Here is a mind-map show the interrelationship of the various organizations with specification numbers and contact information.


Lawyer's Guide #4: Pictionary of the 25 Essential Crane Terms

This is a picture dictionary of the most essential crane vocabulary. These images can be used early in the process to make sure the lawyer and the client and talking about the same thing and can also be used later to help explain concepts to the judge and/or jury.


Lawyer's Guide #5: Detailed Glossary with Source Attributions

This is about (it keeps growing) a 30 page detailed glossary of Overhead (EOT) Crane terms with source attribution included.