Elevators are the world’s safest means of transportation, followed closely by escalators. In order for these devices to provide safe, reliable operation, they must be designed and constructed according to very specific codes, and receive constant tender loving care.
A well designed and judiciously enforced maintenance program greatly reduces possible passenger injury. In addition, periodic examinations and testing requirements must be fulfilled.
These periodic examinations and tests must be witnessed by knowledgeable and experienced professionals in conformance with applicable state codes for elevators and escalators. These examiners must have demonstrated their knowledge and pass state or city tests designed to certify their degree of competence.
An individual who demonstrates a superior knowledge, competence, and experience of elevator and escalator codes rises to standards defined by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). ASME offers an internationally accepted test designed to certify that proficiency – known as “Qualified Elevator Inspector” (QEI). Our staff possess these international certifications.
Key members of our staff also have an additional certification issued by the World Safety Organization – “Certified Safety Specialist” (CSS) – which demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of industry safety standards.
Areas Of Expertise
In cases of bodily harm resulting from elevator or escalator malfunctions, expert analysis and testimony may be required to determine liability. Doherty & Buckman are prepared to analyze data and report our observations and conclusions impartially, clearly and concisely. Our expert witness testimony is supplemented by detailed exhibits, photographs, drawings, and slides, thus providing reliability and documentation in the courtroom setting. All of our staff have been recognized as expert witnesses in multiple federal, state, and local courts.
“Not only was [Kevin Doherty] articulate and extremely presentable at deposition, he was well prepared, insightful, and deliberate in his testimony. His fee was very reasonable and worth every penny. I am thoroughly convinced that Kevin Doherty would be an asset to anyone in need of an expert in the field of elevators, and I give my highest recommendation.”
Joel H. Kaufman, Esq.
The cause of an equipment failure is not always clear – an expert assessment of an incident can determine true liability. Doherty & Buckman is dedicated to making honest, accurate engineering judgments based on all available site information, laboratory tests, and historical data. Initial and prompt inspection of debris, combined with laboratory testing, can provide pinpoint accuracy in determining cause of failure. After a careful analysis of all components, we will determine the cause of failure, support our assessment both in oral and written form, and provide our client with supplemental, documented information as supporting evidence of our findings.
Evaluating Scope of Damage
Evaluations of damaged equipment requires an assessment of salvageability and determination of replacement cost & feasibility of reconstruction. Doherty & Buckman provide expert estimation and evaluation based on decades of combined experience with practical construction knowledge to this phase of the consultation.
Monitoring the reconstruction process involves vigilant oversight of contractor charges, purchases, labor and equipment. In each of these areas, Doherty & Buckman have repeatedly demonstrated their substantial construction management experience. Our ability to analyze and forecast expenses & time frames ensures that any problems are quickly and efficiently resolved. We provide time saving and cost efficient project management throughout all phases of construction.