David MacCollum, who has testified at numerous proceedings throughout the U.S. takes us inside the courtroom, into judge's chambers, and meetings between attorneys and clients in his first novel whose focus is a trial resulting from a work-related electrocution. By the end you will become acquainted with the Daubert Ruling, and have a greater appreciation of how expert testimony is actually challenged in court. Non safety professionals will come away with an interesting introduction to "dormant," "armed" and "active" hazards, and the importance of eliminating hazards through design.
Mr. MacCollum, a Past-President of ASSE, is well known to safety professionals. He was the Director of Safety, U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command with operations worldwide. His safety recommendations have been adopted The Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the state of Oregon and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
With nearly 40 years of experience testifying as a safety engineer in court, MacCollum has taken part in cases in all 50 states. One of the characters in the novel is a reporter who lost her limbs after being electrocuted. News gathering vans used to have large masts that presented serious hazards and he worked on about 14 cases that involved the death or serious injury of a journalist. Throughout his career MacCollum has written hundreds of articles and three books as he has pioneered a methodology to identify hazards and provided industries with designs and strategies to eliminate them.
"...makes readers think about their professional safety duties in a new, deep level of elimination and/or designing out the safety hazard at the design phase of the project." - Michael C. Wright
Published in 2010; ISBN 978-0-9830743-0-4; 263 pages.