Expert Witnesses for Aerial Lift, Manlift and Scissor Lift Cases
When you are looking for an aerial lift expert witness, you want someone who has knowledge of how to operate the equipment as well as how the machine functions from a mechanical standpoint. Here at Alpine Engineering and Design, our experts are certified aerial lift trainers and operators. Not only do they understand how to operate aerial lifts, they have designed aerial lifts for some of the biggest names in the industry and have been retained in a number of product liability cases involving aerial lifts, manlifts and scissor lifts.
Our Experience as Lift Truck Experts
Our experts have been retained in a number of cases involving lift trucks. One of these cases was for one of the largest manufacturers of lift trucks in the world. Two people were operating an aerial lift when it suddenly retracted injuring both of the operators. The manufacture was pulled into the case along with several other parties.
Information provided in the case showed that the lift truck had been serviced and repaired six months before the accident. As we analyzed the equipment, we realized that the cables on the boom had been re-installed incorrectly. We 3D printed a model of the lift truck and were able to show how the cables were re-installed, and how that caused the cables to sever. The cables severing caused the sudden retraction which was the cause of the injury. Based on these findings, the case settled.
What classifies a piece of equipment as an aerial lift?
An aerial lift is designed to provide people access to areas that would otherwise be inaccessible, or at least difficult to access. These areas are usually high above the ground. The aerial lift is set up for temporary access purposes like maintenance and construction. Because of the nature of the work environments where these trucks are found, aerial lift accidents are not at all uncommon.
Scissor lifts, articulating boom lifts, telescopic boom lifts, towable boom lifts, reach forklifts, carry deck cranes and personnel lifts are all examples of aerial lifts.
Our experts have designed dozens of aerial lifts and are often utilized to ensure that aerial lifts meet the necessary safety standards. Because our experts have such an in-depth understanding of aerial lifts, and the fact that several of our experts are certified safety professionals, they have been retained in a number of cases involving aerial lifts. An aerial lift expert witness should have all of these skills to provide their clients with the highest quality feedback on their case.
Retain Alpine Engineering and Design for Your Lift Truck Case
Accidents with aerial lifts are unfortunate, but they are very common. Determining whether the accident is user error or whether it was a design flaw is something that our experts are intimately familiar with. If you are looking for an expert who can analyze your case and provide you with unbiased feedback that is based on a reasonable degree of engineering certainty, give us a call today at (801)763-8484.