Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm continues its in-demand weekly webinar series with the 6th instalment in the popular curriculum. Join industry leading experts on Thursday, June 18th as they lead a discussion on: Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors. This dynamic webinar will be of importance to industry professionals such as: insurance company personnel, risk managers, independent adjusters, legal community + more.

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Hear from top experts as they discuss the role of multidisciplinary investigations in injury claims. While many are familiar with the individual disciplines of building code, human factors assessments, or biomechanical investigations, the advantages of combining multiple disciplines in identifying technical issues associated with personal injury are less commonly discussed. We will bring real-world examples of where a multidisciplinary approach has been helpful in identifying technical issues involved in a loss. The conversation will also consider best practices when multiple disciplines are involved, to ensure you are achieving the maximum benefit from these investigations.

WEBINAR

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims –
Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors.

Date:
Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Time:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

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SPEAKERS

Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Vice President & Practice Lead
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
rparkinson@30fe.com

Tom Pepper B.Eng., CFEI, P.Eng.
Practice Lead
Building & Fire Code
tpepper@30fe.com

30 Forensic Seminar Series at a Glance

Please click on the webinar titles to register

Thursday, May 14th – 11:00am EST

Joint Examinations and Site Assessments During COVID-19

Thursday, May 21st – 11:00am EST

Water Loss Investigations in Condo and Office Towers – Systems Overview and Failure Case Studies

Thursday, May 28th – 11:00am EST

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Thursday, June 4th – 11:00am EST

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Thursday, June 11th – 11:00am

Soil-Structure Interaction – Losses Requiring Geotechnical and Structural Expertise

Thursday, June 18th – 11:00am EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors

Thursday, June 25th – 11:00am EST

How to Stop Building Envelope and Environmental Issues from Turning Small Losses into Big Losses

Thursday, July 9th —  11:00am EST

Human Factors & Collision Reconstruction – Cover Your Bases in Liability Assessments

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

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30 Forensic Engineering Expands Biomechanics & Personal Injury Group with the Appointment of Dr. Andrew Huntley

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrew Huntley B.Sc., Ph.D. as IntermediateAssociate, within the Biomechanics & Personal Injury group

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Dr. Huntley comes to us after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the top ranked rehabilitation research institute in the world, where his research focused on how individuals respond to losses in balance and interact with the built environment.  Andrew remains active in the research community and has published in some of the top biomechanics and human movement science journals.  He has also taught courses in biomechanics and the neurophysiological control of movement at the University of Guelph and University of Toronto.  At 30 Forensic Engineering, he will focus on the assessments of slip, trip and fall events.  Dr. Huntley holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Ph.D. in the Biomechanics and Neuroscience of human movement.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Posture and Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Modelling of Human Movement
  • Neural Control of Movement

Dr. Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury states: “30 Forensic Engineering is fortunate to add Andrew to our team as a Slips, Trips and Falls specialist. His arrival further enhances our ability to offer our valued clients high-level expertise to technical investigations involving human movement and environmental factors involving slips, trips and falls, personal injury, and occupational injury. In addition to Andrew’s extensive involvement in academia and thorough knowledge of human movement and falls, he is also a proficient communicator and a pleasure to work with. Welcome to the team Andrew.”

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Why Carrying Objects Can Pose a Risk When Responding to a Fall

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

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30 Forensic Engineering Promotes Brittany Sinclair to Intermediate Associate within Biomechanics & Personal Injury Group

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Brittany Sinclair B.Sc., P.Eng. to Intermediate Associate within the Biomechanics & Personal Injury Group.

Brittany Sinclair B.Sc., P.Eng.
Intermediate Associate, Biomechanics & Personal Injury

Brittany’s professional experience includes conducting research for the Department of National Defense which focused on future small arms research projects and examining shooter response to weapon recoil and shooter performance. During her time with 30 Forensic Engineering, Brittany has conducted technical investigations involving the assessment of injury causation, including: pedestrian injuries, workplaces injuries, slips, trips and falls, head injuries, and injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions. Brittany graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a Biomechanics Option, in 2015.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Biomechanical Assessment
  • Low Speed Collision Analysis
  • Dynamics and Vibration Analysis
  • Research and Development, Quality Assurance
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Occupant Kinematics
  • Injury Mechanisms
  • Head Injuries
Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury

Dr. Rob Parkinson Ph.D.Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury states: “During Brittany’s time with the firm, she has demonstrated her commitment and excitement to the forensic industry. Brittany is technically strong in all aspects of her investigations and is developing a specific and deep knowledge of issues related to low speed collisions and injury causation. She does all of this while ensuring that the people who matter, clients and coworkers, are always her top priority.”



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About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 Professional Investigators, Engineering Technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Senior Manager, People and Culture
sdobrenan@30fe.com



30 Forensic Engineering Appoints Dr. Rob Parkinson as Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. as Vice President & Practice Lead, Biomechanics & Personal Injury. Rob will be responsible for the management, strategic planning, and governance of the Biomechanics & Personal Injury group while continuing to maintain his successful consulting practice.

Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Vice President & Practice Lead
Biomechanics & Personal Injury

Rob is an Injury Biomechanics specialist with over 10 years of experience. During his time in the forensics industry, he has investigated claims involving motor vehicle collisions, slips, trips and falls, seatbelt and helmet use, product failure, and work related claims, and authored hundreds of expert reports for clients in the legal and insurance industries. Rob holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Waterloo and remains active in the teaching and research community, currently examining biomechanical issues such as helmet effectiveness and low back injury in motor vehicle collisions.

Dr. Rob Parkinson is qualified in both the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in matters relating to Biomechanics, Kinesiology and safe pedestrian walking surfaces, and the License Appeal Tribunal as an Expert in Biomechanics. Rob has also been consulted by the Ontario Provincial Police regarding injury causation analysis. A highly sought-after expert, please explore the following notable decisions:

Jamie Catania, B.E.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng., President & Practice Lead, Collision Reconstruction states: “I speak for everyone at 30 Forensic Engineering when I say that Rob is the embodiment of a complete expert and consummate professional. His years of experience and dedication have resulted in Rob being Canada’s most recognized and trusted Injury Biomechanics specialist. He is a prominent expert with a string of impressive accolades and has extended his contributions well outside consulting into management, education, research and contributions to government agencies. He has laid a great foundation in his first decade with the firm, has built a solid team of experts with bright futures and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Rob as we chart a course for the next growth stage of 30 Forensic Engineering.”

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 Professional Investigators, Engineering Technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Senior Manager, People and Culture
sdobrenan@30fe.com

2018 Forensic Investigation Forum: Ottawa

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm was pleased to host the 2018 Forensic Investigation Forum in our nation’s capital. Held downtown Ottawa on June 19th, the afternoon seminar brought together senior industry leaders and was designed to provide a current forensic engineering perspective on property and casualty claims and risk mitigation.  30 Forensic Engineering would like to take this opportunity to thank our Ottawa area insurance and legal industry partners for making the event a success.


Behind the Wheel of Truck & Auto Investigations

What’s Driving The Future of Collision Reconstruction?  Understanding The Role of Biomechanics and Human Factors in Motor Vehicle Accidents.

Speakers:

 

Jamie Catania, B.E.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng
President, Head of Casualty Group

 

 

 

Mark Fabbroni, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Principal, Trucking Claims

 

 

 

Rob Parkinson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D
Principal, Biomechanics and Personal Injury

 

 

 

Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph.D
Senior Associate, Human Factors

 

 

 

Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Senior Associate, Collision Reconstruction

 

 


A Forensic Engineering View on Fire, Flood 
& Property Loss Investigations 

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Risk & Expense on
Property Files.

Speakers:

 

Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng
Vice President

 

 

 

Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng
Principal, Multidisciplinary Remediation

 

 

 

Tom Pepper, B.Eng., P.Eng
Practice Lead, Building and Fire Code

 

 

 

 

Mrinmoy Kanungo, M.E.Sc., P.Eng
Practice Lead, Geotechnical & Mining

 

 

 

 

30 Forensic Engineering Expands Human Factors Group with the Appointment of Fabian Erazo

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Fabian Erazo B.Eng., M.A.Sc. as Associate within the Human Factors Group.

Fabian obtained his Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in 2015. After graduation, he returned to Carleton University to pursue a Master of Applied Science, focusing on human factors in the aerospace sector. Working in collaboration with the National Research Council’s Flight Research Laboratory, Fabian’s thesis explored how helicopter pilots operating in degraded visual environments respond to changes in their information display systems. While at -30-, Fabian will be applying his human factors experience to new domains including driver behaviour and personal injury events.

“We are excited to welcome Fabian to the 30 Forensics family and the Human Factors team. He is a proven problem solver with an eye for detail and client service which will be invaluable for supporting the growing market demand for investigations of the human contribution to MVA and personal injury events” stated Dr. Adam Campbell, Senior Associate, Human Factors group.

30 Forensic Engineering’s Dr. Adam Campbell Presented at the 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Meeting

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce that Senior Associate, Dr. Adam Campbell Ph. D. (Human Factors) presented a research paper at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The HFES is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals. With 4,500 members across 58 countries, it serves the needs of its membership and the public by promoting and advancing the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems, products, tools, and environments of all kinds.

Titled “Naturalistic Driver Behaviour in Response to the Multi-Sensory Experience of Rear-End Collisions” the paper was co-authored with Yasmine Belkadi and the research indicates that real-world drivers reserve the shortest perception and response intervals and the greatest braking intensities for the most immediate collision hazards. This research has applications to forensic investigations of multi-vehicle collisions and others in which driver behaviour is at the core of assessing cause and opportunities for collision avoidance.

Liability is often decided upon based on whether the individuals involved behaved as expected. Dr. Campbell brings to bear his extensive scholarly and professional experiences in educating clients and courts on the limits of human capacity and the behaviours expected of those involved in personal injury matters. Was the hazard detectable in time to avoid a collision? What would have been expected of a typical person in this situation? These questions – and more – can only be answered with a proper human factors assessment.

About the Authors

Dr. Campbell has over 15 years’ experience in the fields of human behaviour, neurophysiology and the neural control of movement, for which he has authored multiple high-impact, peer-reviewed publications. His research program aims to understand the capacities and limitations of the human nervous system in perceiving and responding to cues in the environment. He regularly performs peer reviews for scholarly societies, including the American Physiological Society and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Campbell has participated in over 350 technical investigations and has considerable experience examining human behaviour during collision and personal injury events, including slips, trips and falls. He has been qualified as an expert in Human Factors, Driver Behaviour and the Analysis of Driver Behaviour in the Superior Court of Justice and has testified in multiple litigation proceedings involving collisions and personal injury matters.

Yasmine Belkadi is an undergraduate student in the University of Toronto’s Kinesiology department on a joined research internship with 30 Forensic Engineering and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, an affiliate of the University Health Network.

 

30 Forensic Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Approach Provides a 360° View of Slip & Fall Assessments

(TORONTO) — 30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, offers world-class and trial-tested expertise on biomechanical and human factors involved in slip and fall assessments for insurance and legal clients. Working in tandem with our Personal Injury and Civil/Structural groups, our team of experts can provide a full, unassailable picture of cause and effect.

In addition to measuring the slip resistance of the walking surface and comparing to available standards, we consider the whole picture – including individual pedestrian characteristics (e.g., age, disability, experience), activity (e.g., walking straight, turning, rushing, descending stairs), and environment (e.g., signage, lighting, and distraction). Our approach allows for an in-depth understanding of incidents allowing for confident decision making.

Slips and falls seem to be a simple issue, caused by too little slip resistance, or friction, between footwear and the walking surface. However, assessing the cause of a slip and fall incident is often not as simple as comparing the measured slip resistance of the flooring to standards. Flooring manufacturers are aware of the need to provide flooring solutions that meet slip resistance standards. However, there are often multiple factors contributing to the initiation of a slip and influencing the likelihood of it resulting in a fall that are beyond the scope of current standards or best practices.

While standards provide guidance for what constitutes an adequately slip resistant surface, often the slip resistance values are described in the context of a healthy person walking normally on a level surface. The blind application of these standards often fails to address critical issues, such as the risks faced by the aging population.

Additional factors that are significant in slip and fall incidents must also be considered, including:

  • Gait (how an individual walks) and injury biomechanics
  • Footwear properties
  • Walking surface design and installation
  • Cleaning and maintenance programs and products
  • Environmental conditions such as lighting and distractions
  • User behaviour and experience

For more information regarding our Biomechanics, Personal Injury and Human Factors Group, please contact:

Dr. Robert Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Principal
rparkinson@30fe.com

Dr. Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph.D.
Senior Associate
acampbell@30fe.com

Kathleen Denbeigh, B.Sc.E, M.A.Sc.
Intermediate Associate
kdenbeigh@30fe.com

Brittany Sinclair, B.Sc., E.I.T.
Associate
bsinclair@30fe.com

Rob Parkinson of 30 Forensic Engineering is Featured in The Lawyers Weekly Special on Rowans Law and Head Injuries in Sports

Rob Parkinson, Principal of the Biomechanical & Personal Injury Group at 30, was quoted in the latest edition of The Lawyers Weekly. The article, entitled “No More Head Games” by Geoff Kirbyson, focuses on the increased social awareness of the rising number of sports-related head injuries, the and how the government is reacting to this phenomenon.

Dr. Parkinson spoke specifically on the advances in technology and scientific thought that surrounds concussions. Although it is the highest-claimed injury he sees at 30 Forensic Engineering, there is still the psycho-social element of players underreporting injuries to help their team. As technology continues to improve, that psycho-social element may be eliminated through empirical evidence and measuring head acceleration to help determine what kind of speeds are related to concussions.

“I think we’re in the early stages of what is going to be a very hotly contested issue. Not every head impact results in a concussion. There seems to be this belief that all head impacts are equal. From a mechanical standpoint, that’s just not true. Sliding head first into second base and hitting your head on another player’s knee isn’t the same as tapping your head against the wall,” Parkinson says.

If you have questions regarding head injuries or concussions, reach out to Rob here.

30 Forensic Engineering (30fe.com), based in Toronto, is one of Canada’s largest and most respected forensic firms. Our core team of professional investigators is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America.

 

Hot off the Press: Kathleen Denbeigh and Dr. Robert Parkinson Published in The Lawyers Weekly

Giffin Koerth’s Kathleen Denbeigh and Dr. Robert Parkinson have been published in the latest issue of The Lawyers Weekly. Their article, entitled “Anatomy of a slip and fall”, focuses on the slip resistance of modern footwear, and circumstances where it is necessary to consider footwear as a potential contributor to a slip and fall event.

Slippery walking conditions are familiar to Canadians, but ice and snow are not prerequisites for a slip and fall; slips and falls also occur on indoor surfaces, with potentially serious consequences. Such falls are a major source of injury and lost-time costs when they occur in the workplace, and as the population ages, the frequency and severity of slip and fall injuries is likely to increase. There are many factors that can potentially contribute to a slip initiating, including the environment and walking surface, individual walking biomechanics, and footwear properties. The likelihood that a slip, once initiated, will result in a fall can also be influenced by footwear, as well as pedestrian characteristics and their ability to recover balance. A consideration of all factors can provide a full picture of the contributors to a slip and fall, although this article briefly focuses on footwear.

Kathleen is an Intermediate Associate in the Personal Injury Group, and Rob is the Principal of the Biomechanics & Personal Injury Assessment Group.