William Switalski, PE

Des Plaines, Illinois

General Specialty

Building Codes
Failure Analysis
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Specialty Focus

Aerial Work Platforms
Agricultural Machinery
Automatic Pinsetters
Boom Trucks
Building Codes
Construction Machinery
Construction Safety
Cranes And Hoists
Doors And Door Opening/closing Systems
Exercise Equipment
Failure Analysis
Fitness Equipment
Hand And Power Tools
Hydraulic Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Machinery
Industrial Maintenance Practices
Lifting Equipment
Lighting and Illumination
Loading Docks
Machine Guarding
Machine Operator Safety
Mechanical Engineering
Personal Protective Equipment
Power Tools
Premises Liability
Printing Presses
Product Safety
Products Liability
Ramp and Stairs
Slips Trips and Falls
Woodworking Machinery

Primary Areas of Expertise

Mechanical Engineering & Product Safety

Industrial Machinery & Equipment

Construction Safety & Failure Analysis

I have consulted in matters involving industrial and consumer products, industrial work practices, and premises liability since 1980. I’ve been retained on several hundred occasions by both Defense and Plaintiff attorneys, Workers Compensation law firms, Claims Investigators, Risk Management personnel and Product Manufacturers.

I am a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. Both my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Mechanical Engineering degrees were earned at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1989, respectively.

I have consulted in several hundred personal injury and property loss incidents that have led to deposition testimony as an Expert Witness on approx. 125 occasions and trial testimony approx. 25 to 30 times.

My loss investigation and consulting background includes product safety, consumer and industrial machinery & equipment design analysis, construction safety, premises liability, failure analysis, machine operator safety, maintenance practices, use of personal protective equipment and safety philosophy topics. As a result of over 40 years of personal experience in the commercial/industrial maintenance field, I am uniquely qualified to address issues involving industrial maintenance practices, machine repair techniques, use of hand and power tools and safety device reliance.

I have also been active on ANSI A14 Ladder Safety committees since 1995. I am the current Chairman of the Mobile Ladder Stands and Mobile Ladder Stand Platforms (A14.7) standard in addition to serving as a voting member of the ANSI A14 Executive Committee, serving as a Sub-committee member of the Ladder Accessories (A14.8) standard, the ladder Labeling Task Force and Steering Committee.



Bachelor of Science; Mechanical Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology, 1980
Master of Mechanical Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology, 1989


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