Equipment and Machinery Accidents
Phone: (440) 838-1191
determine whether industrial, commercial and construction equipment and consumer products involved in accidents were defective, in regard to safety, in:
  • their design
  • their manufacture
  • their installation
Our reconstruction of accidents involving industrial equipment and consumer products determines whether such equipment caused or contributed to the accident.  Work in this area also includes determining whether revision of the equipment or related equipment systems was feasible and required for safety.
  determine whether such equipment had adequate warnings
  determine whether such equipment conformed to appropriate:
  • accepted engineering practices
  • codes and standards
  • regulations, including state and federal regulations for safety
  equipment for use by the public, or with which the public has access:     
  • chairs
  • coffeemakers
  • vending machines
  • display stands
  • powered vehicular gates
  • passenger and freight elevators
  • material lifts used as elevators
  • car washes, etc.
  construction, mining and heavy maintenance equipment:
  • scaffolding
  • hand tools
  • front end loaders
  • excavators and similar mobile equipment, etc.
  commercial and light maintenance equipment:
  • clothes washing, cleaning and pressing equipment
  • food preparation equipment
  • floor buffers, etc.
  farm, landscaping and garden equipment:
  • tractors
  • farm trailers
  • commercial lawnmowers
  • harvesters
  • trimmers, etc.
  industrial equipment:
  • forklifts/towmotors, and similar mobile equipment
  • cranes, hoists
  • banders
  • grinders
  • punch presses
  • forming presses
  • drill presses
  • printing presses
  • conveyors
  • filters
  • industrial heating equipment
  • wood-working machinery
  • blow-molders, for plastics processing
  • calanders, for rubber processing
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
8803 Brecksville Road, Suite 7-216, Cleveland, Ohio 44141
phone: 440-838-1191    fax: 440-838-1192
email address: maddenforensic@yahoo.com
website: www.maddenforensic.com
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Consultation is available before starting a case. We invite you to
consult with us. There is no charge for an initial phone consultation.
Call us, or if you prefer we can schedule the consultation in advance.
Consultation with James D. Madden, PE, a Professional Engineer, and Forensic
Engineering Consulting and Testifying Expert Witness, is available to the client at all
times during the work - before, during, and after the investigation,
engineering analysis, reconstruction, report, and any other work on the case.
The qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer, Consulting and Testifying
Forensic Engineer and Accident Reconstruction Engineer, are listed on the Qualifications and Forensic Specialties pages. 
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Over the last 30 years we have regularly worked on accidents which occurred in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and nearby, including inspections of accident sites, equipment, and facilities, with reports and testimony. During these 30 years we have also worked on accidents which occurred in other states, and equipment and facilities located in other states, with inspections of accident sites, equipment, and facilities, from Utah and Kansas to Vermont and North Carolina, with reports and testimony for these accidents, when applicable.
Contact us to discuss your case by phone at NO CHARGE.
This consultation can be scheduled in advance to meet your schedule.
We analyze equipment that was involved in accidents for mechanical failure, safety design and the presence of required safety features, particularly safeguards, such as barrier guards, light curtains, dual operating buttons, safety instrumentation, etc., and warnings.

Examples of equipment which has been analyzed to date include:
  took extensive college coursework in engineering design of equipment
See details of this work on the Engineering Design page and the Employment History page.
earned 2 Engineering degrees, Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering, and took additional post-degree coursework, with coursework in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and normal psychology
designed and specified equipment, and equipment systems, including instrumentation and controls, warnings and safeguards, during 17 years working in industrial operations and design engineering    
  over 40 years of engineering experience, with:
  17 years experience in industrial operations, engineering design and construction assistance
  30 years experience in forensic engineering, including: 
  working on over 1000 cases
  issuing over 600 reports and over 60 affidavits
  testifying in over 90 depositions and over 75 trials
at the start of forensic work, completed refresher and additional post-degree college credit coursework and continuing education coursework in mechanical engineering, metallurgy and materials
  attended the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) seminar on product liability
  attended engineering seminars presented by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
regularly attend additional technical courses and seminars each year to meet the requirements for continuing engineering education for the Professional Engineer's license
Our Engineering Analyses of Industrial and Commercial Equipment and Consumer Products cover mechanical failure, safety design and safety features, particularly safeguards (such as barrier guards, light curtains, dual operating buttons, fail-safe instrumentation, etc.) and warnings, with the intent to:
determine whether such equipment had appropriate safeguards, such as barrier guards, light curtains, dual operating buttons, safety instrumentation, etc.
  verbal reports, by telephone or in face-to-face conferences
We present the results of our investigations, engineering analyses and reconstructions in
the client's choice of any, or all, of the following:
For more on qualifications click on >>>
Our work investigating, analyzing and reconstructing accidents, and presenting the results, may include any
or all of the following, depending on the needs of the case:
  inspection of the accident site, such as a roadway, outdoor facilities, building or industrial facilities
  inspection of the involved equipment, during operation (such as industrial equipment), or in damaged
                                                                      condition (such as crashed vehicles)
  interviewing witnesses (often during the inspection of the accident site, product and/or equipment)
  coordinating or interfacing with others while they are preparing specialized exhibits such as video
     animations and videos of demonstrations
  review and study of case documents, evidence and applicable codes, standards and recommended practices
  written reports and affidavits, and exhibits
  drawings, calculations, graphical analyses, computer analyses, etc.
                                                                                            as required to analyze and reconstruct the accident, and
                                                                                            to present the engineering analysis and reconstruction
  testing accident items and exemplar items (such as consumer products)
  photography and/or video of the accident site and involved equipment
  testimony in deposition, trial and arbitration
  written reports and affidavits
  deposition testimony, including video deposition
  trial testimony and arbitration testimony
James D. Madden, P.E., while performing Forensic Engineering work full-time for over
the last 30 years, for both plaintiff and defendant, has to date:
  completed over 1000 cases
  written and issued over 600 reports                 
  testified in over 90 depositions
  written and issued over 60 affidavits
  testified in over 75 trials                              
 
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earned the Professional Engineers license (P.E.) by taking the National Council of Engineering Examiners' (NCEE) examination in Fundamentals of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering sections of the NCEE examination in Principles and Practices of Engineering
designated a Diplomate Forensic Engineer by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers in accordance with the standards of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)
See details of the pre-forensic work on the                                             and the                                                     .
See details of the forensic work throughout this website, and a summary on the                                            .
See more about qualifications of  James D. Madden, P.E. on the                                            .
  Our Engineering Analysis of Equipment and Consumer Products
  Examples of Industrial, Commercial, Construction and Residential Equipment We have Analyzed 
    • including mining & extraction equipment, and farm, lawn & garden equipment, etc.
<< click for a description of the typical activities and work performed
over 175 incidents involving consumer products and industrial and commercial equipment have been investigated and reconstructed as part of the forensic engineering work during the last 30 years
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<< click for examples of Consumer Products analyzed
<< click for examples of Industrial, Commercial and Construction Equipment                                                                                                                                        analyzed
Our Work with Equipment & Machinery includes investigation and reconstruction of accidents associated with this equipment, and investigation and engineering analysis of unsafe operation and/or failure of the involved equipment, when either occurs.
Our work includes assessment of the activities of the persons involved in the accident as these activities relate to the equipment involved. Engineering analysis of the design, construction, and assembly of the involved equipment is included in our work. In particular we assess and evaluate the conformance of the equipment to the requirements of Safety Design principles and the applicable Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices. We determine the requirements for the presence of safety features including Safeguards and Warnings, and determine whether the required safety features were in place and performing properly at the time of the subject accident.
Our work includes assessment of the operation of the involved equipment, particularly as it relates to safety and the accident events, both as a result of the accident events and as the cause of accident events, when either, or both, is the case.
Our engineering analyses of equipment cover mechanical failure, safety design and safety features. Safety features analyzed include safeguards, such as barrier guards, light curtains, dual operating buttons, fail-safe instrumentation, etc., and warnings. These analyses are for the purpose of determining the safety of this equipment, and if it is unsafe, the source of this defect. Our engineering analyses are discussed further in 'Our Engineering Analysis' below. Also see 'Typical Work' below for other activities typically involved in our work. Click on the red underlined words in this website to link to the sections named.
Our reconstruction of accidents involving industrial, commercial and construction equipment determines whether such equipment caused or contributed to the accident. Work in this area also includes determining whether revision of the equipment or related equipment systems was feasible and required for safety.
We have analyzed a broad range of industrial, commercial and construction equipment. Example of the products and equipment that have been analyzed are included in 'Examples of ... Equipment We have Analyzed' below.
Our analysis of product and equipment accidents includes consideration of the human-mechanical interface in the accident, as understood through Human Factors and from extensive experience in the safety design of equipment and equipment systems, including control instrumentation. See 'Experience and Qualifications...' below for this experience and the other qualifications for work with Product and Equipment Accidents. Also see''Engineering Design' on another page for examples of equipment, equipment systems and facilities designed while a design engineer. Also see the closely related specialty 'Industrial and Commercial Operations and Construction Activities' on another page.
See 'Human Factors' on another page for more information regarding Human Factors work with the forensic work. Also see 'Safeguards', 'Warnings', 'Safety Design' and 'Codes and Standards' on other pages for more information regarding work in these areas as it relates to the forensic work.

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Commonalities in Equipment - are important in the forensic analysis of accidents and incidents and the analysis of the involvement of equipment in an accident. Different types of industrial, commercial and construction equipment, have the same or very similar requirements for mechanical integrity, stability, safety design, safety features and performance, control and safe operation, as they relate to safety.
Equipment items and the need for mechanical integrity, stability, performance and control, as they relate to safety, and safe operation, and safety features as related to an accident, are analyzed by us using generally accepted engineering and safety design principles, including the safety design hierarchy. These engineering principles have application to all equipment and all equipment accidents, and are used in the analysis of the requirements for, and the use and performance of, safety features in all equipment, including industrial, commercial and construction equipment, and even consumer products. The safety effects, if any, of the requirements of applicable Standards & Codes are considered in all equipment analyses.
Mechanical integrity is the ability of equipment to avoid failure under various conditions. Safety design covers techniques and features to provide fail-safe design (a design that will not allow the creation of a safety hazard as a result of a failure or mis-operation). Safety design also covers techniques and features to design out hazards for aspects of the equipment that impact safety. Safety features include safeguards (barrier guards, light curtains, fail-safe safety instrumentation, dual operating buttons, etc.) and warnings. Equipment features for mechanical integrity, and safety, and their use, when applicable, are similar or the same among various types of equipment, including mechanical consumer products. The requirements for mechanical integrity, and performance, control, operation and potential mis-operation, as they relate to safety, and specific safety features are determined primarily by the potential hazards, with operational considerations, not the type of equipment, whether industrial, commercial or construction equipment, or even consumer products.
  equipment installed with buildings and structures*:
  • glass doors and panels
  • windows and window assemblies
  • interior and exterior steps, stairs and ramps, and their handrails and guardrails
  • passenger and freight elevators and lifts used as passenger elevators
  • interior and exterior balconies
* also see the Premises page for more information about equipment installed with buildings and
   structures
  equipment involved in fires and explosions*:
* also see the Fire and Explosion page and the Hazardous Combustion page for more information
   about equipment involved in fires and explosions
  • automobiles
  • motorboats
  • personal watercraft ("jet skis")
  • incinerators in multi-story buildings
  • trash chutes in multi-story buildings
  • space heaters
  • residential furnaces
  • industrial furnaces and boilers
  • industrial process heaters
  • hydrogen tankers (over the road trailers)
  • gasoline storage tanks
  • gas-fired residential furnaces and heat circulation systems
  • wood-burning residential furnaces and heat circulation systems
  • gas-fired space heaters
  equipment involved incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning*:
* also see the Hazardous Combustion page for more information about equipment involved in carbon
   monoxide poisonings
Phone: (440) 838-1191
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Equipment and Other Subjects - links to content on this page
..... Industrial and Commercial Operations and Construction Activities, on another
      page (click on 'Also See' at left)
Equipment by Categories - links to content on this page
The set of categories listed below are provided for the convenience of the user of this webpage in finding particular products and equipment, but are somewhat arbitrary. Thus, if you are looking for a particular product or piece of equipment, you may find looking at the complete list of products and equipment or using Ctrl-F (Page Search) to be useful in this search. The products and equipment items listed on this webpage are examples of equipment and products analyzed. The listings on this webpage do not include all the equipment and products analyzed.
Equipment for:
* including items installed in facilities
..... Premises Accidents, on another page, for equipment-like fixtures commonly
      installed in buildings (click on 'Also See' at left)
Equipment involved in:
..... Fires & Explosions, on another page, for equipment involved in fires and
      explosions (click on 'Also See' at left)
..... Hazardous Combusion, on another page, for combustion equipment and
      connected systems involved with fires and explosions or carbon monoxide
      poisoning (click on 'Also See' at left)
Use Control F, 'Ctrl' + 'F', to locate specific words on this page.
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Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer, James D. Madden, P.E., a licensed professional engineer, has performed Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses and Accident Reconstructions routinely for accidents, incidents and cases located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York, in the technical areas which are noted in this website, as well as providing expert reports and testifying in court proceedings in these states in the capacity of an Expert Witness, including depositions, arbitrations and/or trials, with Forensic Engineering work also performed in, and/or for cases in, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Kansas and Utah.
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer, James D. Madden, P.E., a licensed professional engineer, has performed Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses and Accident Reconstructions for accidents, incidents and cases in the metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo, Warren, Youngstown, Mansfield, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Lima, Findlay, Marietta and Steubenville, as well elsewhere throughout Ohio, and the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Erie, as well as elsewhere throughout western and central Pennsylvania, and the metropolitan areas of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint and Port Huron, as well as elsewhere in southern Michigan, and the metropolitan areas of Buffalo and Syracuse, as well as elsewhere in western and central New York state. In many of these areas James D. Madden, P.E. has provided expert reports and testified in the capacity of an Expert Witness in court proceedings, including depositions, arbitrations and/or trials
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering, through its Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E., is available for Accident Investigations, Engineering Analyses, Accident Reconstructions, and testimony in deposition, arbitration and trial, for cases located throughout North America.
Contact us for more information  ph 440-838-1191 maddenforensic@yahoo.com
Madden Accident Analysis & Forensic Engineering
30 Years Investigating, Analyzing, Reconstructing and Testifying about Accidents
  Our Typical Work Activities and Products, when warranted by the case
  Qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E., Senior Forensic Engineer
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  Forensic Engineering Work by Senior Forensic Engineer James D. Madden, P.E.
  Experience and Qualifications of James D. Madden, P.E. in regard to accidents involving
   Equipment & Machinery and Consumer Products*
                 * these accidents are analyzed using the same engineering principles and experience
Work on accidents involving equipment may include inspection of the
Work on accidents involving equipment may also include
equipment  controls safeguards warnings other safety features
reconstruction of the accident, including evaluation for equipment failure 
engineering analysis of the equipment  ● design construction assembly 
operator actions equipment performance safety feature performance
analysis for adherence to applicable codes OSHA standard of care   
engineering analysis of the operation of equipment and facilities, including
particularly for adherence to safety design principles
Industrial, Commercial and Construction Equipmen
Industrial, Commercial and Construction Equipmen
Industrial, Commercial and Construction Equipmen
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