This case involves a man who was injured as a result of a work related accident in a mine located in the state of Indiana. At the time of the incident, there was extensive mine blasting being done while one of the mine workers was in close proximity of the area. As a result of the blasts, the worker suffered severe injuries, both physical and psychological, as a result of the incident. An expert witness is required to opine on the standard of care specific to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), as well as hands on experience in mining and safety.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Do you have extensive experience with the US Mine Safety & Health Administration?
- 2. Please explain your experience working on similar cases?
- 3. Do you have experience working with individuals who have suffered similar work related injuries?
Expert Witness Response E-039123
My experience with MSHA and Mine Safety spans 35+ years. I have worked with top MSHA administrators, technical experts, trainers and inspectors on safety and health issues and programs since the 1970’s. I recently worked on a non-fatal injury incident case where the plaintiff suffered both physical and psychological injury. Our company analyzed the scene on-site, gathered the necessary facts, and prepared a report that was favorably received by the plaintiff’s attorney. I have experience with two additional cases involving injuries in and around mines. I have worked on cases involving flyrock / blasting, and I am familiar with blasting site security and safety, and the hazards of flyrock. Along with a colleague, we published an article focused on flyrock phenomena and area security in blasting-related accidents, published in Safety Science.
Expert Witness Response E-039119
I do have extensive experience with MSHA. I have worked on several cases related to property damage and injury. Many of the cases involve blasting in some way. My expertise is in blasting, but covers other aspects of mining as well. I am a registered P.E.