Calibration Error or Communication Failure?

Case Summary:  A worker, at an agricultural coop, was assisting the operator of a large agricultural spreader in order to configure the machine in preparation to spread a different product.…

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Fight or Flight: Analysis of an Aircraft Jump Seat

Case Summary:  A flight attendant was seated in a forward-facing crew jump seat (L2) in the rear cabin of a commercial aircraft during a flight.  She reported that as the…

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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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Driveshaft Failure

Car outer joint, driveshaft and control arm close-up. Inspecting a used front wheel drive vehicle by Ivan Radic is licensed under CC BY 4.0 Case Summary:  The right front passenger…

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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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