Accident Investigation, Analysis & Safety Expert Witness Services Provider
Ken Shorter is the president of Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc. His specialized knowledge and experience in Construction & Demolition Safety was recognized by Lawyer Monthly magazine in 2018 when he won the Expert Witness Award.
Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc. adeptly performs:
Accident analysis for causation, avoidance, and prevention
Research for applicable standards, regulations, contract requirements, and best practices
Evaluation of multi-employer work site and owner responsibilities
Safety policy and program analysis
Safety planning and accident prevention analysis
Critical lift crane plan and forklift analysis
Pedestrian safety analysis
Evaluation of safeguards and controls
Expert witness report production and testimony
Management of large and complex cases
Litigation Support Services
Litigation support consultation is provided throughout the United States.
Areas of Expertise
Our focus is on construction and demolition accidents. Excellent service is offered by combining a Master’s Degree in Safety, professional certifications, extensive experience, membership in the ANSI A10 Standards Committee, and commitment to quality workmanship. Plaintiff and defense cases are equally welcome.
My personal qualifications include being a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Traffic Control Design Specialist, having a Master’s Degree in Safety, and 30 years of hands-on experience managing safety operations, training personnel, investigating accidents, and advising top management.
As a member of the ANSI A10 Committee for Construction and Demolition Operations, I have unique experience developing the safety standards for these industries. I have also worked extensively with OSHA, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Navy, ASME, ASTM, NFPA, welding and cutting (AWS) (CGA), pipeline (AWWA), and other safety standards. Our library is quite large.
My experience includes directing safety for a billion dollar plus construction project and multi-state safety operations for highways, buildings, demolition work, and heavy construction projects including; bridges, pipelines, tunnels, rapid transit systems, subways, marine projects, dams, hydro-electric plants, hazardous material sites, landfills, airports, and hospitals.
Extensive training and field experience with cranes, rigging, forklifts, aerial lifts, multi-purpose lifting machines, steel erection, and precast concrete erection makes material handling a key focus area. Three years spent training people to develop, review, and approve “critical lift” crane plans for Navy contracts sharpened these qualifications.
Broad earth moving experience ranging from installing underground utilities to a massive waterway project that moved millions of cubic yards of dirt helped clarify the dangers and refine the precautions. Daily work routinely involved numerous crews using the one call utility marking service, digging test pits, performing directional drilling, digging utility trenches, installing shoring, using trench boxes, performing confined space entries, and pressure testing pipelines.
I also directed safety for large-scale building construction and renovation projects. That involved excavating the basements, installing the roofs, and building everything in between. It included complex facilities such as hospitals, research facilities, and 24/7/365 computer data centers where mistakes such as a leak or electrical disruption were critical.
Throughout my career I have received focused training and in-depth experience with fall protection, heavy equipment, trucking, paving, ladders, scaffolds, shoring, reinforcing steel, poured concrete, masonry, welding, cutting torches, pile driving, electrical systems, power tools, barges, and other marine operations.
Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc. excels at performing in-depth investigations to explain the issues involved in multi-employer construction sites and handling large, complex cases.
Services Offered by Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc. - Expert Witness
Experiences of Accident Prevention & Investigation, Inc. - Litigation Support
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I have managed multi-state construction safety operations for heavy construction, highways, buildings, underground utilities, and marine construction for more than 30 years and directed safety for a billion dollar + Navy project. This provided in-depth experience with OSHA, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Navy, ANSI, ASME, NFPA, and many other standards and regulations.
Certified Safety Professional (CSP) – by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Associate in Risk Management (ARM) – by the Insurance Institute of America
Certified Traffic Control Design Specialist (TCDS) – by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)
Legal Experience & Services
I have 30+ years of accident investigation experience for construction, demolition, and industrial operations.
Legal cases have been managed since 1990.
My background includes large, complex, multi-party cases.
My casework has involved numerous states across the country.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A10 Committee Member for Construction and Demolitions Operations
American Society of Safety Engineers – Professional Member
Board of Certified Safety Professionals - Certified Safety Professional
I provide a comfort level when explaining the complexities of safety from critical crane lifts to multi-employer work site responsibilities.
Awards & Honors
2010 - McDonough Bolyard Peck - Columbia Branch Team Member of the Year
2009 - Received an award recognizing “Excellence in Safety Management” from the Clark/Balfour Beatty construction team at the $1.3 billion Walter Reed National Military Medical Center BRAC project
2005 - Total Site Solutions - Core Value Award for Integrity
1999 - American Society of Safety Engineers' "Chapter Achievement Award" for outstanding performance of the Chesapeake Chapter, while President
Seminars & Training
Executive Program in Safety Management
American Society of Safety Engineers, 2010
Additional training and seminars are attended each year to maintain professional certifications.
June 2012: Published an article in Professional Safety, Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers, describing my experiences as part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A10 Accredited Standards Committee on Safety in Construction and Demolition Operations
2010 - American Society of Safety Engineers - Executive Program in Safety Management
1982 - University of Southern California (USC) - Master of Science (MS) in Safety
1978 - University of Maryland (UMBC) - B.A. in Psychology
Other studies: Firefighting and rescue
1976 - Community College of Baltimore - Paramedic training
My education has been updated through professional development conferences and training classes sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Traffic Safety Services Association, the National Safety Council, and other professional organizations.