David K Merrifield, CSP Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: Merrifield Safety Consulting
  • Phone: (816) 364-1540
  • Cell: (816) 390-6937
  • Fax: (816) 364-1540
  • Website: safetyconsultingexpert.com
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Safety and Equipment & Machinery

Specialty Focus: Construction Safety, Accident Investigation, OSHA, ANSI, Aerial Lifts, Boom Lift Safety, Scissor Lift Safety, Forklift Safety, Skid Steer Safety, Scaffold Safety, Fall Protection, Machine Design & Maintenance, Human Factors, Product Safety, Operator Training, Equipment Rental, labels and warning

Education: BA, Aurora University ; MA, Northern Illinois University

Years in Practice: 15

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 10


Additional Information

Consulting with manufacturers, owners and users of machinery concentrating on safe design, safe use, warnings, instructions, risk management and defending the product. Expert witness testimony concerning government and industry standards, warnings, instructions, maintenance and inspections, misuse, hazards and hazard control, duties of parties, fall protection, safety devices, product recalls and service bulletins. Other Professional Experience 30 years in industrial management including Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Plant engineering, Maintenance, Construction, Plant management and Operations management. Product included a wide verity of construction machinery and over-the-road trailers. Duties included supervision of personnel and Safety. Standards Chairman of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) A92 main committee for Aerial Work Platforms Chairman of ANSI Z535.6 Safety messages in collateral materials Areas of Expertise Warnings and Instructions Standards, regulations and industry practice Safe design process Training Maintenance and inspections Modifications to machinery and equipment Misuse Hazard analysis Hazards in the workplace Duty of owners, users and operators Fall protection Safety devices Product recalls and service bulletins Safety policies and procedures Document creation and retention Accident investigation Product safety Products liability Construction machinery Scissor lifts Boom lifts Personnel lifts Cherry pickers Fork trucks Telescopic material handlers Skid Steer Loaders Mast climbers ANSI standards OSHA Industry practice Electrocution Tip overs