Expert Witness for Walkway Safety – whether you are the Plaintiff or Defendant. A standards-based walkway audit conducted by a qualified person can quickly identify and quantify the elements related to a walkway safety issue. For single site incidents like a slip and fall a walkway safety audit and report can usually be completed in one day.
We have over 15 years of developing and evaluating walkway safety programs for all Commercial segments (Foodservice, Retail, Hospitality, Education, Healthcare, Office). Our expertise includes domain knowledge in substrate selection, tools, chemistry, process, training, and oversight required to minimize the risk and cost of slips and falls.
You need an expert who understands the industry standards from a practical perspective and uses physics-based, scientific principles to evaluate safety issues. This can be a key determinate in the outcome of a case.
General Underwriting Loss Control Surveys – Collect the information you require for informed decisions.
Opinion – When an accident happens we can quickly review the known facts of the situation and provide an opinion.
Written Opinion – We complete an onsite, standards-based, walkway safety audit that identifies dangerous conditions in the facility, evaluates the processes in place against the expected level of care, and identifies a proximate cause of the accident.
Deposition and Trial – We are available for further litigation support as required to defend the opinion from our investigation.
The primary slip and fall Expert Witness for Substratum Group is David Collette.
David has over 18 years of developing walkway safety programs for all commercial facility types while at DiverseyLever, Johnson Wax, and Cintas. He is a past Board Member at the National Floor Safety Institute and past Main Committee Member for the NFSI/ANSI B101 standard. He is currently a member of ANSI/NFSI B101.4 (developing a barefoot standard for bathtubs, shower enclosures, pool decks, and walkways), ASTM D21 “Polishes” (manages D2047 standard), ASTM F13 “Pedestrian and Walkway Safety and Footwear” (standards manage include F2508, F1646, F1637, F2948), ASTM F15.03 (manages F462 “Safety Standards for Bathtubs and Shower Structures”), ASTM F06 “Resilient Floor Coverings”, ASTM F15.03 (Safety standards for bathtub and shower structures), ASTM F08 (Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities – manages F1292 standard specification for impact attenuation of surfacing materials within the use zone of playground equipment), D13 (Textiles – manages bath mat specifications and testing, developing bath mat slip test standard), and ANSI A108 (manages A137.1 and A326.3 tile standards).
His focus in on proactively reducing the risk and cost of slip, trip, and fall while helping facilities clean better and faster through education. He teaches the many courses on walkway safety related topics including:
- 3-day Walkway Safety Professional course
- 1/2 day Introduction to Walkway Management course
- GS-1 Operator Certificate
- BOT3000E Operator Certificate
- ASM 825A Operator Certificate
- ASM 925 Operator Certificate
- Flooring: Design Considerations and Material Selection for Health, Safety, & Welfare (an IDCEC-approved CEU for IIDA, ASID, and IDC)
- Walkways: What You Need To Know To Design, Maintain, and Insure Cleaner, Safer Floors
He is a member of ASTM, ICC, and APEGM. He is a Fellow of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He has filed several patents related to walkway safety and has published articles and white papers in magazines like ISSA Today (ISSA), Facilitator Magazine (Restaurant Facility Management Association). He has presented to both company and industry events including RFMA and ACUHO-i (Assocation of College and University Housing Officers – International). He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Manitoba, an MBA from the University of Chicago, has a Certificate in Assessing Walkway Safety from the University of Northern Texas, is ANSI Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder #31, and is a Walkway Safety Professional.
Contact us for a no-charge consultation to discuss how we can help. A CV and rate sheet are available.