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Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety
Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety
Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety
David K. Merrifield, C.S.P.

4515 Stonecrest Terrace
St. Joseph, Missouri 64506

Telephone: (816)364-1540
Facsimile: (816)364-1540
 
Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety
Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety

Curriculum Vitae

David K. Merrifield, C.S.P.
4515 Stonecrest Terrace
St. Joseph, MO 64506
(816)-364-1540 (office and Fax)
(816)-364-4024 (home)
e-mail: dmerrifi@stjoelive.com

PROFESSION

2002 to present
Safety Consultant and Expert Witness
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.

1998 to 2002
Corporate Director of Product Safety Omniquip-Textron
Managing risk and producing safe product and promoting safe use through product safety programs including hazard analysis, proper warnings and instructions, safety and operation training, public education, and public relations relating to safety.

Products include Personnel lifting Devices (Aerial Work Platforms), Telescopic Material Handlers (Rough Terrain Fork Trucks), Straight Mast Fork Trucks, Mini Excavators, Skid Steer Loaders and Cement Mixers.

Developing standards for safe design and use of product worldwide.

Litigation and liability management, company representation and testimony.

1991 to 1998
Director of Product Safety Snorkel International Inc.
Summary duties same as above but at division level.

1959-1991
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.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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
Member of the ANSI A92.3 subcommittee for Manually Propelled Work Platforms
Member of the ANSI A92.2 subcommittee for Vehicle Mounted Work Platforms
Member of the ANSI A92.6 subcommittee Self Propelled Aerial Work Platforms
Member of the ANSI A92.5 subcommittee Self Propelled Aerial Work Platforms Member of ANSI Z535 Main Committee for Warnings
Member of ANSI Z535.4 subcommittee for Product Safety Signs and Labels
Member of the ANSI interpretations committee for Self Propelled Aerial Work Platforms
Chairman of the ANSI ad hoc committee on fall protection
Member of U.S. Technical Advisory Group 214 of the International Standards Organization (ISO) for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
Head of the U.S. delegation to the International Technical Advisory Group 214 of the International Standards Organization (ISO) for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Training
Developed both conventional and computer based interactive training materials Conducts training seminars for operator training and document creation and control.

Other
Peer reviewer for NIOSH study of falls from scissor lifts and tipovers
Member of Aerial Work Platform Training Corporation's Advisory Council
Coordinator of Lift Applications & Equipment magazine's Rodeo Review (comparative testing of equipment)
Member of Lift Applications & Equipment magazine Editorial Board
Peer reviewer of ASSE book on fall protection

EDUCATION

Degrees

  • Certificate in Industrial Management - Aurora University
  • B.A. Business & Economics - Aurora University
  • M.A. Philosophy and Economics - Northern Illinois University

Continuing education

  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification Course
  • OSHA Materials Handling and Storage for General Industry
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering
    • Establishing and Implementing the Product Safety Program
    • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
    • The Role of Hazard Analysis in Evaluating Product Safety
    • The Role of Warnings and Instructions
  • 4 years directed independent study in preparation for CSP certifications—including basic and applied science, engineering, ergonomics and system safety
  • Equipment Manufacturers Institute's Product Safety Seminar (8 consecutive years attendance)
  • Defense Research Institute's Products Liability Seminars
  • American Bar Association Warnings Seminar
  • American Society of Safety Engineers--Ergonomics Course
  • AWPT (Aerial Work Platform Training Inc.) Operator and Instructor courses
  • 1-1/2 years of Law school-Nashville School of Law

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Safety Professional - Comprehensive Practice
  • Certified Safety Professional - Ergonomics
  • IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) Approved Instructor - Aerial Lifts
  • IPAF Demonstrator - Mast Climbers

AWARDS

  • Scaffold Industry Association - 1998 Outstanding Council Chairman
  • Scaffold Industry Association - 2000 Coupling Pin Award for outstanding service to the industry

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Scaffold and Access Industry Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • System Safety Society
  • Past Equipment Manufacturer's Institute eight-year member of Product Safety Committee (no longer active)
  • Past Construction Division of the National Safety Council
  • Past North American Society of Scaffolding Professionals

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Publications and papers

  • "Safe scissor lift operation," Lift Equipment (June 1993)
  • "Fall protection puzzles," Lift Equipment (January 1997)
  • "An issue of safety," Snorkel (1997)
  • "Aerial Work Platforms: Safety, Liability & the Rental Center," Professional Safety (January 1998)
  • "What Does an Operator Need to Know?" presented before the International Access Platform Conference in Maastricht Holland (September 1998)
  • "Choosing Safety," Scaffold Industry (October 2001)

Seminar presentations

  • National Safety Council
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • American Bar Association
  • Equipment Manufacturers Institute
  • Construction Industry Manufacturers Association
  • Scaffold Industry Association Aerial Platform Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Powered Access Federation

Trade Show presentations

  • National Safety Council
  • National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry
  • Plant Engineering and Maintenance
  • Associated Equipment Distributors
  • Scaffold Industry Association
  • American Rental Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • ConExpo

Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety


Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety
Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety
   
Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety Merrifield Safety Consulting, Missouri safety expert specializing in industrial/heavy machinery/ injury causation accident reconstruction, warning and instruction label changes and mechanical product safety