Experts in Machine Guarding

A machine Guarding Expert Witness is someone who understands how machines work, where certain covers are needed and also understands the rules and regulations surrounding machine guarding.

Here at Alpine Engineering and Design, our experts are all registered Professional Engineers (PEs) and are Certified Safety Professionals in comprehensive practice (CSPs) who understand the standards and regulations that are important when it comes to machine guarding.  Possibly just as important, is the fact that our engineers have designed many of the types of machines that require machine guarding along with the guards to go with them.

What is Machine Guarding?

When a hazard cannot be designed out of a machine, proper safety heirarchy states that the hazard should be guarded against.  Machine guarding is the process of properly covering the moving parts of a machine or providing other ways to keep an operator from being exposed to a hazard and thus injury. If you have worked in a workplace with a lot of machinery, you know how important machine guarding is.  When machine guarding is not done properly, it is easy for injuries to happen.  If an injury happens it is important to have an expert that knows machine guarding. This expert witness would most likely be a mechanical engineer, and would also need to be intimately familiar with industry safety standards (such as ASME and ANSI) and OSHA regulations for machine guarding.

How Important is Guarding?

Because moving parts of machines pose such a high risk in the workplace, OSHA has specific requirements for machine guarding. Many accidents could be avoided if the OSHA standards for machine guarding were adhered to properly. You can find the OSHA regulations for machine guarding in these OSHA sections:

1910.211—Definitions of Machine Guarding

1910.212—General requirements for all machines

1910.213—Woodworking machinery

1910.214—Cooperage machinery [Reserved]

1910.215—Abrasive wheel machinery

1910.216—Mills and calendars in the rubber/ plastics industries

1910.217—Mechanical power presses

1910.218—Forging machines

1910.219—Mechanical power-transmission apparatus

If you are setting up a business that will have equipment with moving parts, these sections will be important for you. Some of the types of movements that you will want to pay attention to are rotation (such as a pulley or gears), reciprocation (parts moving back and forth that could crush), transversing (moving in a straight line) as movement of parts in this manner generates nip, pinch, crush and shear points in a piece of equipment.

How to Find an Expert Who Understands Guarding Requirements

Finding a good machine guarding expert witness can be a difficult task. As most attorneys realize, the right expert witness can make or break your case. The first thing that we suggest when looking for a machine guarding expert witness is to ask friends and acquaintances who they have used in cases they have worked on. Our experts get more than 90% of their business from referrals.

If you are having a hard time finding a good referral, the next thing that I would do is perform an online search. Find a few different candidates that seem well qualified and vet those candidates out.  Find out how well they communicate by talking with them on the phone. Get some references to check with that can provide you with insight into the work that they do.  OK, well that is not the easiest way to find a great expert in this catagory…

If you are looking for a great machine guarding expert witness, give Alpine Engineering and Design, Inc. a call and speak to one of our great experts about your case.

Our experts are well qualified, have the proper training and experience and are great communicators.  Our experts have been retained in hundreds of cases over the years and have dozens of references who can vouch for the quality of work that we provide.  Call Alpine Engineering and Design today for any of your expert witness needs at: (801)763-8484. Learn more about our mechanical engineering expert witnesses.

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