DTCI September Seminars
Start Time: 2:30 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm
2:30 -3:30 Employment Law
An Interview with Plaintiff’s Counsel Stephanie McGowan & Ryan Fox
3:30 – 5:00 Construction Law
What Experts Do I Need and When Do I Plug Them in? (45 minutes)
Rapid Response to Failures During Construction (45 minutes)
Both presentations will include discussion from professional engineers with CTL Group (Skokie, IL) and legal analysis from Attorney John VanDenburgh of Cassiday Schade LLP
Frost Brown Todd 201 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis
Product Liability Section Seminar
Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 1:00 pm
When your Product goes to work: Occupational Safety & Health in Product Liability Cases
When a workplace injury or fatality involves a product, both the conduct of the employer and the conduct of the product manufacturer are often scrutinized. Worker’s compensation laws forbid most injured workers from suing their employers, but claims against manufacturers of products used in the workplace are common. Such claims often raise complex questions about interactions between the product, the workplace, and the workers. These questions can involve product design, usability, marketing, warnings, instructions, and maintenance requirements, as well as workplace safety management systems (SMSs). Issues involving SMSs specifically include, but are not necessarily limited to, policies, procedures (e.g., for operations, maintenance, and emergency response), and other administrative controls, (e.g., checklists and permits); employee and contractor training; enforcement of safety rules and procedures; and contractor management issues.
This presentation will discuss how human factors professionals with expertise in occupational safety and health can evaluate the conduct of employers, workers, contractors, and product manufacturers in these contexts. Additionally, illustrative case studies involving industrial equipment, control software, and chemical products will be reviewed.