Top 5 Reasons Why You Need an Expert Witness


There is no greater make or break moment for your business than when it’s involved in a lawsuit. Building your case using the appropriate expert witnesse can be the difference between winning and losing – between growing your company and scrambling to stay afloat.

While there are plenty of reasons why expert witnesses can make or break a legal case, the most convincing benefit has to be the expert witness testimony they provide. We have broken down the top five reasons why expert witnesses are truly invaluable to pretrial, case due diligence, discovery, the expert witness written report of findings, expert witness deposition and expert witness testimony at trial in ways that other methods simply cannot be merit the effectiveness of an expert witness.

Reason One – Expert Witnesses Have Historically Worked in Similar Cases.

It’s absolutely true – in courtroom jury trials, testimony from an expert witness almost always helps represent the facts in an accurate, clear way that the judge and jury will understand. Sometimes, such as with complicated waste management safety cases, getting the facts across and proving the point is especially difficult because of complex industry jargon and technical speak. Expert witness testimony is convincing and persuasive because it gets through to the judge and jury.

Reason Two – An Expert Witness Can And Does Achieve Settlements.

If the ultimate goal of the legal proceedings is to achieve a fair and reasonable settlement rather than drag the case through years of litigation and complicated court proceedings, then it is probably worth consulting with an expert witness in this scenario too. Many times, just the knowledge that a true expert professional will be testifying in court is enough to convince the other party to settle the case out of court.

Reason Three – Expert Witnesses Help Either Side Of The Case.

The common perception is that only defense legal teams choose to work with expert witness testimony by hiring expert witnesses. Unfortunately, this is nothing but a misconception. Both defense and prosecuting legal teams should be aware of the benefits an expert witness is able to provide. Anytime an indsutry expert witness professional can make the facts speak more clearly, there’s a strong argument for using an expert witness to support your case throughout the entire case and legal proceedings.

Reason Four – An Expert Witness Can Offer More Than A Simple Testimony.

Receiving expert witness testimony is only one part of hiring an expert witness. Or in other words, the testimony itself is extremely valuable, but an experienced, professional expert witness also understands how to explain complex issues in a clear and scholarly founded manner.

If the ultimate goal of the legal proceedings is to achieve a fair and reasonable settlement rather than drag the case through years of litigation and complicated court proceedings, then it is probably worth consulting with an expert witness in this scenario too. Many times, just the knowledge that a true expert professional will be testifying in court is enough to convince the other party to settle the case out of court.

Reason Five – Qualified Experts, like WIH Resource Group’s Experts Offer Insight.

Even if expert witness testimony in and of itself will not be necessary, qualified expert witnesses can indeed provide the insight and vision needed to ensure a positive outcome through litigation, often assisting in reaching a settlement and avoiding going to court. Consulting with the witness to understand their point of view, as well as to benefit from their industry experiences with similar cases can be invaluable.

WIH Resource Group’s team of expert witness litigation support professionals have a track record of success. Whether you’re facing a valuation dispute, damage assessment, contract claim, employee matter, safety incident, personal injury, landfill gas issue, or other pending legal action, our experts are ready to assist you.

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Celebrating a decade in business, WIH Resource Group is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including waste management, recycling, financials, transportation, M&A due diligence and support, alternative fuel fleet conversions, facilities, environmental, energy for private sector business and government clients.

WIH Resource Group is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. WIH Resource Group provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.  WIH Resource Group serves clients in more than 175 key markets internationally.

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Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Safety Matters


SWANA Safety: SWANA has a strong commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs and reduce accidents and injuries. The resources available on this page represent part of that effort.  Click Here to visit SWANA’s Safety Page.

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Backing Best Management Practices Guide

According to industry and OSHA data, backing represents approximately 25% of all injuries and accidents in the solid waste collection industry. Use our poster and guide covering the industry’s best backing practices to educate employees to stay safe on the job. Click here for more information and to download


Chapter Safety Ambassadors

SWANA has launched a Safety Ambassador initiative for its 45 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Under this new program, SWANA chapters will identify a member to serve as their Safety Ambassador. Safety Ambassadors will serve as leaders in their chapters, and are likely to speak at chapter events about how to reduce accidents and injuries. Read the press release here.

The Chapter Safety Ambassador program is sponsored by AWTI.


LinkedIn Group: Solid Waste Safety

Click here to access the Solid Waste Safety LinkedIn Group, moderated by SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman.

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The “Safety Matters” column is part of the monthly members-only “I Am SWANA” eNewsletter. To receive this valuable monthly eNewsletter right to your inbox, join SWANA now!

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Safety Monday

Safety Monday is a member-only weekly, one-page safety newsletter distributed by SWANA in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA).

Members can access the complete archive of Safety Monday on the Open Forum library. You will need to log in with your member account to access. Click here to access the Safety Monday archive.


Slow Down to Get Around Sticker Distribution

Slow Down to Get Around is a national safety campaign aimed at reminding motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles. SWANA will begin giving away the Slow Down to Get Around Decals to SWANA members per request at no charge, sponsored by Lytx.

Sign up here to get your stickers.

Read the press release here.

SWANA recently supported a successful effort to pass a Slow Down to Get Around law in Virginia to help improve garbage truck safety.


Solid Waste Safety Events

Upcoming:

Safety Stand Down Awareness Week
January 25-29, 2016
SWANA wholly supports the 2016 NWRA Safety Stand Down, an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association. This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry.
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Arizona Chapter Safety Training
February 3, 2016
A full day of educational safety training: safety discussion; distracted driving; operator awareness.
Saint Xavier College, Gilbert, AZ
Click here for more info

Archive:

OSHA & DOT Compliance Workshop@HQ
Eric Conn, Founding Partner, Conn Maciel Carey PLLC
Tony Cardamone, VP, Sales & Marketing, Concorde, Inc.
David Biderman, Executive Director & CEO, SWANA
A recording of the event may be available soon.
Sponsor: Intelivert

10 Ways to Reduce Accidents and Injuries Webinar
David Biderman, CEO & Executive Director, SWANA
Click here to be taken to the download page.
Sponsors: SWANA Arizona Chapter, Dadee Manufacturing, Concorde Inc, Reflective Apparel Factory, Golder Associates

Post-Collection Safety Webinar
Neal Bolton, P.E., President, Blue Ridge Services
Susan Eppes, MS, CSP, ARM, President, EST Solutions, Inc.
Tom Parker, Associate. CDM Smith
Click here to be taken to the download page.
Sponsors: SWANA Florida Chapter, FireRover, Golder Associates, SCS Engineers


WASTECON Solid Waste Safety Summit

SWANA’s Safety Summit, held annually as a part of WASTECON, is a curated program track that focuses solely on all aspects of solid waste safety, including garbage truck safety, safe practices in landfills and transfer stations, and more. Speakers talk about their experiences with enforcing rules and regulations with everything from OSHA to fires. The program for the 2016 Safety Summit will be posted along with the complete WASTECON program in early spring 2016.

Click here to learn more about the Safety Summit at WASTECON.


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ABOUT WIH RESOURCE GROUP

Celebrating a decade in business, WIH Resource Group is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including waste management, recycling, financials, transportation, M&A due diligence and support, alternative fuel fleet conversions, facilities, environmental, energy for private sector business and government clients.

WIH Resource Group is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. WIH Resource Group provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.  WIH Resource Group serves clients in more than 175 key markets internationally.

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Dealing with Special Wastes at Landfills – WIH Resource Group


The news is all a-buzz these days with talk about the news about the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which outlines specific guidelines for the lead content in children’s toys.

According to information from the Center for Environmental Health, the strict regulations have been postponed for another year, which means landfills won’t be overwhelmed with discarded Barbie Dolls and toy trains anytime soon.

(This controversial issue has been discussed by several major news organizations, including the International Herald Tribune andAustin News KXAN-TV  in Austin, Texas.)

However, this brings up an important issue for landfills to consider: What should you do when dangerous/hazardous wastes come to your landfill?

1. Unless your landfill is a hazardous waste facility, you should not accept hazardous waste. Some states allow landfills to accept small amounts of certain hazardous wastes. To find a list of wastes defined as hazardous or to find a hazardous waste program in your state, visit this page on the EPA’s website

2. Require prior notice. Because dangerous/hazardous wastes often require special handling, it may slow down the operation. Requiring prior notice allows you to schedule the dangerous wastes into the day’s plans.

3. Make sure the gatehouse attendant is actively watching out for dangerous/hazardous loads. If one comes in, the attendant may need to direct the customer to a hazardous waste facility.

3. Operators should always be on the lookout for hazardous materials in the waste stream, in case the gate attendant didn’t notice the materials. 

4. Consider creating a flyer for your customers that lists hazardous wastes, what’s accepted at your landfill, and information on where to find a hazardous waste facility. You could hand flyers out at the gatehouse or post it on your website.

5. Hold a hazardous waste collection day. Customers can pay a fee to your landfill, drop off hazardous waste, and you can transport them to the appropriate facility. This might minimize people “sneaking” hazardous wastes into a load. Here is a video from the The Bergen County Utilities Authority hazardous waste collection day.

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Is King County Washington Playing Russian Roulette with Safety in Transporting its Solid Waste?


King County playing Russian Roulette with safety?

Every single day it appears, King County, Washington is breaking the law – and they know it. If you drive in the county you’re sharing the road with dangerously overweight trucks that are hauling loads so grossly overweight their drivers say it’s just a matter of time before there’s a tragedy.

The trucks aren’t from some fly-by-night operation — they’re with King County Solid Waste.  So, King County Solid Waste drivers came to the KOMO 4 Problem Solvers in desperation. They told us they were terrified that the county is playing Russian Roulette with your safety.

“Operating a safe system is our highest priority,” said Kevin Kiernan, the director of King County Solid Waste.  But drivers insist it’s not a safe system, and state law says it’s illegal. And time after time, our undercover cameras caught evidence of trucks with scale weights well over the 97,500 pounds gross vehicle weight that the law allows. 

“It’s criminal as far as I’m concerned,” said long-time driver John Arsenian.

Several drivers risked their jobs to bring their concerns to the Problem Solvers. Digging into County records, we found that over the past three years, Solid Waste had more than 19,000 truck trips over the legal limit. That’s an average of 16 overweight, illegal loads on our roads every single day. 

The heaviest recorded load was more than 59,000 pounds overweight.

“It’s negligent, it’s dangerous,” says one driver who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s putting the public at danger, it’s putting the workers at danger.”

King County uses its own fleet of semi-trucks to take garbage from its eight transfer stations to its Maple Valley landfill. That’s where the loads are officially weighed, at the end of the trucks’ trips.

On one day, in less than half an hour, our camera caught three overloaded trucks coming through the scales. Two of them were more than 8,000 pounds overweight.

Several drivers told us they’d gone to management repeatedly for more than a year. “We’re asking our management ‘please just fix this,’ it’s very simple. They say, ‘too bad,’ ” one driver told us.

The State Patrol regulates safe truck travel. Officers wouldn’t talk specifically about King County’s overweight loads but, in general, agree with the drivers’ judgment.

“It’s very dangerous for everybody,” said Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Valentine. “Not just for the drivers — for the motoring public.”

So why hasn’t the Patrol stopped the Solid Waste trucks? The county’s routes from those eight transfer sites to the landfill bypass all state weigh stations.

But Officer Valentine says if they knew of overweight trucks like these, they’d park them immediately. “It’s very unsafe,” he reiterated.   Drivers tell me they’ve begged King County to put in scales – even temporary scales at transfer stations – and a major scale manufacturer told us it’s do-able. But the county told the drivers no.  One driver says they were told, “you can quit or you can haul these loads – we’re not getting you scales.”

But Solid Waste Director Kiernan says temporary scales aren’t feasible.  “Having something operate reliably in that environment is very challenging,” he said. “We’ve looked and we haven’t found anything that we believe is effective.”

Arsenian’s answer? “They think they can get away with anything. That’s their attitude, which is a shame.”

Kiernan insists that’s not true. In 2004, in response to driver complaints, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries investigated and found no safety violations. And, Kiernan says they’ve had no serious accidents.  “Our safety record demonstrates that there’s not a problem there,” he said.

Drivers don’t think that’s good enough.  “I don’t believe that there should be a horrific incident before they do something,” one said.

King County Solid Waste has a plan to overhaul all the problem transfer stations with new scale systems, but the first one won’t be completed until 2012.

In the meantime, KOMO News 4 have taken their findings to the State Patrol and they’re setting up a meeting with King County to educate them on the law and help them get into compliance.

News Source: KOMO News Channel 4 Problem Solvers – Seattle, WA
 
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