Ambulance Mount Failure:
Improper Installation Increases Patient Injury

Case Summary:  An ambulance service and their driver were named in a lawsuit following a crash that injured the patient being transported. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which…

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More Than Just a Broken Part: Analysis of Mechanical Failures

Hands holding L-wrench and socket in place.

There are numerous reasons why a product part might fail during use. While witness statements can provide some insight into what occurred during an incident, a mechanical engineer’s analysis can…

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Investigating Ladder Falls: Equipment Failure or User Error?

Woman on ladder, spray painting side of building.

Falls from ladders result in approximately 15,000 injuries and about 400 to 500 deaths each year. While there are numerous factors that can contribute to a fall from a ladder,…

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How to Secure Your Child’s Car Seat Using LATCH

If you are like many parents and caregivers today, you are using LATCH to install your child’s car seat in your vehicle. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for…

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Aerial Error: Firetruck Ladder Case Study

Photo of collapsed firetruck ladder from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report.

Case Summary:  At the scene of a fire, a firefighter climbed a truck-mounted ladder to adjust the flow of water to better direct it onto the fire. He ascended the…

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Paratransit Wheelchair Tiedown & Occupant Restraint

Wheelchair

Case Summary: A paratransit service was transporting the plaintiff to a doctor’s appointment when their vehicle was involved in a minor crash. During the crash, the plaintiff, in their personal…

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