Industrial / Manufacturing

Our Industrial and Manufacturing Group consists of Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical Engineers, supported by our Fire/Explosion and Environmental/Occupational experts. These seasoned experts can provide guidance with respect to the rights of employees, employers, and manufacturers concerning Workers Compensation laws; International Tort Doctrines; and Premises and Product Liability. Our experts can assist in determining potentially liable parties; including employers, employees, owners, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and installers. Typical cases include: forklifts, man lifts, cranes; ladders, platforms, scaffolds, docks; material handling equipment; machine and equipment safety ; ergonomics and robotics; electrocution and lockout procedures; fires and explosions; hoists, chains, trolleys; combustion and ventilation systems; air and water emissions.

First NameLast NameTitleCV Abstract
Daniel E.BarkerMechanical & Industrial ExpertMechanical system malfunctions and defects; product failures; industrial equipment electrical and mechanical safety incidents, including OSHA and UL listing requirements; assembly of aircraft flight instruments; design and testing of high volume production automotive engine components; water and air treatment systems; home appliance design, including refrigerators and vacuums.
Dr. TheronBlickenstaff, MD, FACOEMMedical, Occupational, and Environmental ExpertWorkers Compensation; Social Security Disabilities; toxic tort; product liability; indoor air quality; mold; workplace exposures; lung diseases; cleaning chemicals inhalation/ingestion; a plastic anemia; epidemiology; exposure limits; carcinogens; reproductive hazards; Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS); risk assessments; chemical sensitivities; idiopathic environmental intolerance; fitness-for-work examinations; communicable diseases; general preventative, environmental, and occupational medicine.
ChristineBruning, MSN, RNNursing ExpertPatient care; nursing practice; OB labor and delivery; perinatal woman's health; nursing management and leadership; clinical research and practice; postpartum care; nursery care; birth center deliveries; childbirth education; caring for newborns; pediatrics; medical surgery.
Paul H.Gross, CCMMeteorologistWeather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; fire investigations.
Vanessa R.Heckman, RN, MSN, CNP, CLNCNursing Expert Medical malpractice cases; independent medical examinations and histories; summarize, translate, and interpret medical records; identify causation issues; assess damages/injuries; analyze research studies; identify need for Life Care Planner; family practice, urgent care, and retail medicine; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical; home health; pediatrics; office nursing; assess, diagnose, and treat acute illnesses; patient and family education; suturing, eye examinations, and foreign body removal, splinting, and reading X-rays; pelvic exams and newborn assessment; lab result and X-ray reviews.
James R.Heyl, PESenior Electrical Engineer Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Industrial equipment; material handling systems; automation and robotic systems; power supplies; control systems; computer and PLC programming; quality control and safety; manufacturing operations; facilities construction and maintenance; electrical fires and explosions for equipment, structures, and vehicles; switchgear and substations; automated machinery; safety, predictive, and preventive maintenance programs; conveyor systems; safety interlocks; safety violations; instrumentation systems; AC/DC motors; code compliance; marina electrical systems; underground electrical distribution; welding systems; test cells; lighting systems including sport facilities and roadways.
James R.Hill, PESenior Mechanical Engineer Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Building HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical, including design, installation damage, malfunction, and personal injury; code and safety compliance, including ADA; maintenance requirements and implementation; hot water and steam boilers; air/steam turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, and vacuum systems; refrigeration and freezer defects; bakery and food processing equipment and facilities; power and lighting systems; locker rooms and restrooms; ventilation and indoor air quality requirements.
Norman B.HochfeldSenior Electrical ExpertPlant engineering; industrial equipment design, installation and maintenance; controls and instrumentation; PLC and CNC logic; electrical distribution systems; facility security systems; fire protection systems; life safety automation systems; communication systems; motors and controllers; power monitors; material handling and processing equipment; computer and data processing systems; lightning and cathodic protection; pneumatic and electronic controllers; HVAC including chillers, boilers, and air handlers; dust and fume collection systems; elevators; lockout/tag-out procedures; personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements; wiring and labeling classifications; robotic systems; fiber optics; consumer electronic equipment repairs.
Blaine J.Hoffmann, MS, OSHMSafety ExpertWorkplace safety, training, investigations, accident investigations and audits; legal aspects of safety and health; training and development programs; written program development; interpretation of OSHA general industry and construction industry, healthcare industry standards; VPP program management; MSHA training and regulatory interpretations; 40-hr HAZWOPER; Arc-Flash (NFPA 70E).
John P.Lauhoff, PE, CSPSafety EngineerLicensed Engineer in Massachusetts
Injuries, damage, malfunctions, and personnel issues related to machinery and equipment design, fabrication, maintenance, operations, procedures, training, and safety procedures; accident investigation/reconstruction; slips, trips, and falls; industrial vehicles; machinery/equipment guarding; hand/power tools; work-related injuries; safety grievances; safety training programs; monitor outside contractors.
Daniel L.Maloy, CPAForensic AccountantAccounting and tax services including preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements; controllership services; individual and small business tax returns; budgeting and forecasting; business valuations for business sales, buy-out agreements and divorces; present value calculation of future pension benefits in divorce cases; country club, school districts, and other non-profit accounting and tax matters; management consultation regarding company accounting and operations.
David M.Manuta, PhD, FAICSenior Environmental/ Occupational ExpertFundamental chemical principles; electrochemistry, thermodynamics; handling safety of gases, chemicals, and oxidizers; industrial and manufacturing operations safety; fire and explosion investigations (including arson); hazardous material and radiation exposure; clandestine manufacturing of illegal drugs; cleaning and disinfecting products and equipment; worker chemical sensitivity assessments; dust and fumes exposure; fireworks incidents; spontaneous combustion; skin care products; infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography testing; refrigerant hazards.
Daniel C.Maser, CIH, CSP, ROHSenior Environmental/ Occupational ExpertEnvironmental and occupational assessments; industrial hygiene; health and safety regulations compliance; regulatory inspections; emergency incident response procedures; chemical safety programs (MSDS's); hazardous waste regulations; mold assessments and remediation; indoor air studies; employee training procedures; fire protection; fitness testing; salt mining operations; confined space procedures; lead abatement programs; industrial ventilation; stack emission studies.
Lawrence S.Mayer, MD, MS, PhDMedical & Epidemiology ExpertEpidemiology and Biostatistics; statistical data analysis; study and model review; valuation of epidemiological studies and clinical trials; meta-analysis; evaluation of causal content of epidemiological studies; drug and medical development and regulation; product liability; occupational and environmental exposures; medical malpractice; toxicology; cardiology; OB/GYN; surgery; psychiatry/neuropsychiatry; internal medicine; disease prognosis; biomedical informatics; multiple regression; time series modeling; stochastic processes; multivariate analysis; statistical inference; public policy; energy analysis.
Timothy R.McGreal, PEMechanical EngineerMr. McGreal has almost 20 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with over 25 years experience as an Automotive Mechanic. His expertise includes consumer products; automobile/trucks/other vehicles; fuel-fired appliances; explosions; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems; plumbing systems; gas supply systems; code compliance; moisture intrusion; roof damage assessments; HVAC equipment; construction, agricultural, commercial, and industrial equipment and machinery; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); power tools; medical equipment; product design and packaging; human factors and warnings; and patent infringement.

Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been awarded two patents. His Professional Affiliations include The Society of Fire Protection Engineers; The National Fire Protection Association; and The Society of Automotive Engineers.
Susan K.Murry, MSN, CRPNNursing ExpertPatient care; nursing practices; medical facility "standard-of-care" procedures; OSHA compliance; school health; family care including pediatrics, gynecology and gerontology; occupational injury assessment and treatment; child abuse and neglect screening; communicable diseases including STD's; community health education; pharmacology; pathophysiology.
Dr. Joseph S.Ohr, Jr, MD, RPhMedical Surgeon, Pharmacist, and PathologistMedical surgery; pharmacology; anatomical, clinical, and trauma pathology; wounds; sudden infant death syndrome; cancers and tumors; therapeutics; tissue mortality; psychopharmacology; drugs and drug abuse; HIV; viruses and bioterrorism; CPR; funeral home operations/procedures, including embalming.
ClintonParks, PEProducts & Equipment ExpertLicensed Engineer in Ohio, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina Specialized machinery; medical products; hydraulics and pneumatics; control systems and electronics; rotating and pressurized process machines; seismic analyses; product safety; structures and structural analyses; commercial products; boilers; refrigeration systems; finite element analysis; pulp and paper industry; wood science; design for manufacturing and assembly; regulatory compliance; operational and maintenance training; field support.
Thomas R.Piazza, CCMCertified MeteorologistMeteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.
Richard W.RauSenior Mechanical ExpertOSHA inspector for cranes and hoists; automotive assembly plant equipment; material handling equipment; safety training and ergonomic requirements; handling, training, showing, and judging of horses, including thoroughbred racehorses; horse competitions; judges license (6 breeds).
Rollie L.Robert, PESenior Electrical EngineerLicensed Engineer in Michigan, Massachusetts, Provinces of Ontario, Quebec U.S. and Canadian Codes and Standards; building construction; electrical equipment design, defects and damage; electrical interlocks and safeguarding; underground pipes and tanks; building electrical costs; facilities/equipment electrical design and construction; risk assessments; code compliance; electrical power and controls; electrical design safety; field safety procedures; electrical maintenance requirements; fire and security systems; electrical distribution systems; lighting systems; electric generation facilities; power security; communication systems.
Sheila M.Roof, BSN, RN, CNML, LNCNursing ExpertPatient care; nursing practice; standard-of-care procedures; acute care; STEPPS care; dialysis and renal care; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; emergency department care; cardiac arrest; STEMI care; stroke care; arterial venous fistula care; certification of dialysis technicians; dermatology practice; regulatory compliance; medical records validation; allergy, dermatology, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, and plastic surgery care; medical surgical care; CAPD training; chemotherapy treatments; ambulance transport; allergy care; surgical instrument handling and sterilization; surgical suite preparation; surgical technician; medication administration.
Barry S.RopePackaging/ Material Handling ExpertPackaging and material handling, including products, equipment, procedures and operations; trailer/container/rail car/ocean freight loading, blocking and bracing; transportation and distribution; palletizing, storage and warehousing; product packaging and labeling; packaging materials; technical documentation; HAZMAT regulations; standards compliance; environmental issues; hot melt adhesives; shock and vibration.
Lawrence M.Roslinski, PhDToxicologistEnvironmental and occupational toxicology; chemical hazard assessments; regulatory requirements; health, safety, and ergonomic studies; personal training; industrial hygiene assessment; toxic substances; physiology and pharmacology; chemical epidemiology; genetic toxicology; carcinogenic risk assessment; metabolism studies.
Donald E.Sanders, DVM, Dip ACT, PASVeterinarian ExpertAnimal reproduction; animal welfare; animal biotechnology; animal embryo transfer; livestock water supply; bovine mastitis; animal production; milk production; artificial insemination; farm management; animal parasitism; euthanasia; malpractice; animal environment; dairy management; animal nutrition; animal diseases; stray voltage; toxicology.
BertSchiller, PE, CIH, ROHEnvironmental/ Occupational EngineerLicensed Engineer in California
Industrial health and safety; environmental site and health investigations; industrial hygiene evaluations; ordinance and regulatory compliance; facility audits; ergonomics; noise; toxicology; personal protective equipment; exposure assessments; mercury exposure.
JimScottRailroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety ExpertRailroad operations and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor; air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training; loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment investigations; train emergencies; train simulators.
Robert B.Shuman, MDPediatric Neurology/NeonatologyPediatric neurology/neonatology; fetal development; perinatal medicine; birth defects; birth trauma; child development, including schooling; neuropathology; neurotoxicology; neurophysiology; epilepsy; neuroimaging: MRI, CAT, EEF; pharmacology; anatomic pathology; surgical pathology; surgical case review; peripheral nerve disease; stroke; spondylolisthesis; vitamin therapy; Downs Syndrome; electromyography; whiplash injuries; traumatic brain injury; frontal-subcortical circulation; advanced evoke potentials; migraines; headaches; depressive disorders; Alzheimer’s Disease; epileptogenesis; epilepsy; cocaine effects; closed head injuries; AED Therapy; ADHD; developmental disabilities; autism; brain tumors; neurosciences; child abuse; seizures; anti-depressive therapy; prenatal diagnosis; seasonal affective disorder; bipolar disorder; childhood depression; Tourette Syndrome; neuralgia; vagus nerve stimulation; intractable seizures; psychopharmacolory; antipsychotic and psychotropic therapy; antiepileptic drugs.
Henry A.Spiller, MS, D.ABAT, D.ABFEToxicologistToxic tort; workers compensation; DUI, including drug and alcohol screening results; post-mortem drug and/or toxicology results; chemical and poison toxicology; false positive/negative urine drug screens; malpractice; occupational medicine; pharmacotherapy; addiction; inhalant abuse; mercury exposure; pediatric ingestions.
Wendy R.Steusloff, RN, ASN, LPN, ALNCNursing & Nursing Home ExpertNursing practices; patient care; standard-of-care procedures; quality and risk management policy and procedures; assisted living; evaluation and performance management; conflict resolution; patient assessments; long-term and short-term rehabilitation; medication administration; wound care; falls; pressure sores; abuse and neglect; medication errors; infections; intravenous infusions; life-sustaining measures; care planning; medical records review; nursing supervision; dementia; traumatic brain injuries; behavioral disturbances; short and long term care; tracheotomy care; catheters; peritoneal dialysis; ostomies; diabetic care; antipsychotic medications; aspiration pneumonia.
Harold 'Lynn'Stringer, BSMEVehicle Engineering ExpertMotor vehicle design, manufacturing, testing, and servicing including: passenger cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial vehicle carriers; engines; fuel systems; electrical systems; lubrication systems; cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains; brakes; suspension; steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C systems; vehicle crash safety structures; laboratory testing procedures.
Robert S.Sugarman, PhD, PEHuman Factors/Visual ExpertHuman factors; visual perception; human vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance); conspicuity; attention; reaction time; product and equipment design; medical equipment; instructions and procedures; warnings and labels; individual differences training; cognitive psychology; situational awareness; vehicle accidents; industrial and construction accidents; slip and falls; ergonomics; workplace layout physics; instructional system development (ISD); perceptual processes; physiological processes; drunken driving; decreased alertness; studies of camouflage; machine interfaces; evaluation of commercial products; environmental health and safety; quality control.
Eric A.Tolles, PEElectrical EngineerLicensed Engineer in Ohio, Michigan
Industrial machinery; facilities engineering and maintenance; quality control and safety; PLC and computer control applications; electrical, control, and instrumentation systems; pick and place units; automation and robotic systems; material handling and conveyor systems; automotive, steel, food, chemical, glass manufacturing and refinery operations; systems maintenance, troubleshooting, and startup; position control; production monitoring; Man Machine Interface (MMI); alarms; tank controls; furnaces; paint equipment; personnel safety detection; humidity control; plastic extrusion; test systems; communication systems; electrical interlocks (lockout/tagout) and safeguarding; code compliance.
Kevin L.Trangle, MD, MBA, FACOEM, FAADEP, BCIM, CIME, ABIME, CMROEnvironmental ExpertDr. Trangle has over 30 years experience in environmental and occupational medicine, including Independent Medical Exams (IME's); environmental and occupational medicine; review of medical records; clinical advice; return-to-work plans; treatment protocols; incidence response; ergonomics; industrial hygiene; regulatory compliance (including ADA); rehabilitation; toxicology; environmental sampling and testing of air, land, and water resources; ambulatory care; back injuries; CPR/First Aid; immunology; water quality and chlorination; fungal infections; organic and inorganic solvent exposure; styrene; asbestos; tertiary disease exposure; oncology; respiratory exposure; dermal exposures; and orthopedic.

Kevin's Professional Affiliations include The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; The American College of Physician Executives; The American Medical Association; The Cleveland Academy of Medicine; The Ohio State Medical Association; The American Academy of Disability Evaluation Physicians; The American College of Preventive Medicine; and The American Society of Internal Medicine.
ChadWalkerSafety ExpertConstruction and industrial equipment safety operations and procedures, including cranes, loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, fork lifts, skid steers, and aerial lifts; safety program training and maintenance; safety equipment requirements and orientations; employee safety and health issue investigations, reviews, and responses; OSHA and JSHA compliance; unsafe working conditions; safety audits; emergency response drills; emergency action plans.
Schield M.Wikas, DO, DF, FAOCDMedical DermatologyOsteopathic medicine; internal medicine; pharmacology; therapeutics; phlebology; dermal fillers; Botox injections; dermatology, including diseases, cancers, surgery, and injections; sclerotheraphy; hair transplantation/restoration; Staphylococcal Scaled-Skin Syndrome; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome; Hyperimmunoglobulin E. Syndrome; Scurvy; Epithelioid Angoisarcoma; Epithelioid Hemangioma; Scleromyxedema; Merkel Cell Carcinoma; cancer screening; venereal diseases; bacterial and fungal infections; cutaneous manifestations; hair and nail diseases; atopic dermatitis; cutaneous malignancy cancer; bullous diseases; Pyoderma Gangrenosum; acne/rosacea; psoriasis therapy.
Christy L.Yano, BSN-RN, MSN-CRNP, ANCC, AANP Dual CertificationsNursing ExpertMedical facility "standard of care" procedures; aesthetic medicine service procedures; women's health care; patient care assessments, including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, telemetry reading, respiration rate, and pain block procedures.