Lockout/Tagout Expert Witnesses

Lockout/tagout expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on lockout/tagout. The lockout/tagout expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: OSHA and Safety.

Steven R. Sawyer, ARM, MS, CSP

LSW & Associates Safety Consulting Services, LLC

Pueblo West, Colorado
OSHA, Safety - Grain Bin Engulfment, Lockout/Tagout, Machine Guarding, OSHA Regulations, Grain Augers/Belt Conveyors, Industrial Accidents, Skid-steer Loaders, Forklift, Front End Loaders, Agricultural Equipment Operations, Telehandlers, Confined Spaces
Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with a Master’s Degree in Safety Management and an Associate of Risk Management (ARM). Twenty-five years- experience as a safety consultant working with clients in General Industry and Agribusinesses to prevent incidents and protect workers. Speaker at state safety conferences and trade associations. OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer for 10 and 30 Hour courses. Ives certified trainer for forklifts, telehandlers, skid-steers, front end loaders, back hoes, boom lifts and scissor lifts. Conducted fatality and catastrophic incident investigations for clients to determine cause of incidents. Audited client’s safety programs to determine compliance with government regulations and determine areas for improvement. Assisted clients with OSHA inspections and citation abatement. Assisted clients with safety program development and conducted safety training. Professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Chip Darius, OHST, CIT, CSHO, CUSP

Safety Priority Consultants, LLC

Cromwell, Connecticut
OSHA, Safety - forklift, slip trip fall, machine guarding, amputation, material handling, rack, aerial lift, boom lift, scissor lift, work zone, traffic, flagger, scaffold, ladder, lockout/tagout, Emergency Medical Services, mobile elevating work platform, excavation, railroad, MEWP, occupational safety & health
Retained in over 380 cases, state and federal. Deposition and trial testimony for matters in over 20 states. 30+ years experience in safety & health and OSHA compliance consulting & training for industry, construction, utilities, and emergency services. Frequent speaker at conferences and seminars - international, national, regional, state and local. Instructor for OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center and Adjunct Faculty at Keene State College over 20 years, teaching OSHA standards & policies, technical topics, accident/incident analysis, and outreach trainer courses for both construction and general industry. Lead instructor for fall protection, scaffold. and work zone safety courses. Safety Professional of the Year, Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, 2022. Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for both construction and general industry. ATSSA Master Instructor. Experienced in: Personal injury, catastrophic injury and fatality cases; Occupational safety & ...

David Wright

Sanford, Florida
Safety - Occupational Health & Safety, Confined Space, Excavation, Water Treatment Plants, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Lockout/Tagout, Hazard Communication, Machine Guarding, Fall Protection, Amputation, Electrical Safety, NFPA 70e
As a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a certified safety and health official (CSHO), and over 30 years of experience, I have managed and led the implementation of the safety and risk management programs of some of the largest companies in the United States. I am also an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for both the construction and general industry. I am recognized for contributing to developing and maintaining "world-class" safety cultures in diverse sectors such as construction, landscaping, water, wastewater, transportation, and municipal solid waste services. Instructor for OSHA Training Institutes in Region 1 and Region 4, teaching OSHA standards and technical topics for general industry and construction. I have been the lead instructor for Confined Space, Excavation, and OSHA Train the Trainer courses (500, 501, 502, & 503). Experienced in: Safety training requirements, failure to train, and inadequate training matters; Occupational safety & health regulations, polici...

Joe DeFranco, CSP

Safety Consulting Specialists, Inc.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Safety, OSHA - Construction, General Industry, Equipment & Machinery, Forklifts, Slip, Trip & Fall, Lockout/Tagout, Scaffold, Aerial Lift, Crane, Rigging & Signaling, MSHA, Accident Investigation, Construction Safety, Forklifts, Ladders, Machine Guarding, Dropped Objects, Struck-by, Crush Hazards, Personal Injury
25+ years of experience in construction, industrial, and crane safety consulting. Retained in over 50 cases for both OSHA 1926 Construction and OSHA 1910 General Industry. Board Certified Safety Professional since 2001. OSHA 500 course in Construction Safety-Outreach Trainer NCCCO Certified Crane Operator NCCCO Certified Crane Inspector MSHA Certified Instructor Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques (S.T.A.R.T.) Certified Independent STAR Assessor American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Member Experienced in: -Occupational safety and health policies & standards -Personal injury, catastrophic injury, and fatality cases -Multi-employer worksites -Crane accidents -Crane safety -Mobile and overhead cranes -Rigging & Signalperson -Trenching and excavation -Confined space -MSHA Part 48 & 46 -Contractor safety -Chemical safety including lead, silica, hexavalent chromium, and ammonia safety -Noise -Fall protection -Scaffolding -Forklift, Aerial lift -Accident inve...

Sandra Whitaker, CSHO

Ongoing Safety & Health Advice

Spring Branch, Texas
Safety, OSHA - OSHA Standards, Accident Investigation, Confined Space, Fall Prevention Systems, Haz-Comm, Lockout/Tagout, Machinery/Machine Safeguarding, Materials Handling, Means of Egress, Personal Protective Equipment, Powered Industrial Truck Operations, OSHA Record-keeping, Walking/Working Surfaces
As a US-DOL Occupational Safety and Health expert with over 50 years’ experience in the field, Sandra Whitaker offers expert witness and litigation support for clients located throughout Texas. Ms. Whitaker is a Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) and US-DOL OSHA Approved Trainer. Mrs. Whitaker’s extensive experience, education, and training in the area of US-DOL-OSHA compliance make her uniquely qualified to offer these expert services: • Expert Witness – Deposition and Trial – both plaintiff and defense. • Comprehensive review and interpretation of OSHA 29 CFR 1910 General Industry regulations. • Workplace Injury services including determination of cause, research, opinion and consultation. Services Include: Case File Review; Regulation Research; Written Opinion; Arbitration; Deposition; and/or Trial for either Plaintiff or Defense Attorneys. Experience: Fifty Years in US DOL OSHA compliance in the following industries: Warehouse; Manufacturing; Logistics; Food/Beverage...

Timothy Kobernat, CSP RET


Eau Claire, Wisconsin
OSHA, Safety - OSHA, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Trenches, OSHA Standards, Paper Mill, Excavating, Lockout/Tagout, Cranes & Forklifts, Grain Elevators, Multi-Employer Worksites,Material Handling
With 32 years experience as an OSHA Area Director and Safety Compliance Officer, as well as an additional 17 years in various related safety and heath related work, I have a broad range of experience in OSHA & safety related matters. In the approximately 14 years I spent as a compliance safety and health officer, I conducted approximately 1500 site inspections, roughly half of which were related to construction standards enforcement. During these inspections, I evaluated safety and health conditions and hazards, recommended abatement methods, and determined exposure and standard application. While serving approximately 16 years as district supervisor and area director for OSHA, a major part of my duties was to review virtually all files that came through our office, certifying their legal sufficiency for citations. In addition to my enforcement efforts with OSHA, I also conducted numerous construction safety seminars, helping companies to come into full compliance wit...