With the New Year upon us, we can’t help but remember all of those affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and beyond as well as the wildfires out West. We have made a donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of our clients to show our appreciation for your business. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with you over this past year.
Happy Holidays from all of us at BEC Consulting!
May the New Year bring prosperity and peace to you all!
One of the most common areas where there is an interaction of the public (non-employees) and a workplace is in Retail facilities. Here the retailer must be concerned with not only establishing and maintaining a safe workplace for their employees but they also have to be aware of creating a safe shopping environment for their customers (also called business invitees). The term “Retail Safety” implies that the concern is surrounding safety issues related the sale of merchandise. The reality is that retail facilities have the same safety concerns that every work place has. These hazards range from slip, trips, and falls, ladder safety, material handling issues, and potentially powered industrial trucks like forklifts.
OSHA, ANSI, and General Industry have long recognized the need for standards, rules, and guidelines to govern the safe operation of workplaces and this also includes Retail facilities. The questions come when assessing what applies to the employees and what applies to the customers. The truth is that the standards and guidelines for safe operations apply to everyone. This is where you can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of an experienced engineer and a team that can identify the critical aspects of the event sequence and piece the puzzle together for you. Please contact Traci Campbell, PE, CXLT and our team of engineers and technicians and put our experience and expertise to work for you.
Forklifts are one of the most common pieces of material handling equipment in use today. You can find forklifts in warehouses, shipping yards, construction sites, and even retail facilities. As such, forklifts can be found interacting with everything in a workplace environment from storage racks, loading docks, tractor trailers, other heavy machinery and most dangerously, pedestrians. OSHA, ANSI, and General Industry have long recognized the need for standards, rules, and guidelines to govern the safe operation of forklifts. These authorities set forth the framework to have and maintain a successful and safe operating environment.
Whenever forklifts are involved in personal injury events, it is important to be able to sift through all the factors that played a role in what transpired. That’s where you can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of an experienced engineer and a team that can identify the critical aspects of the event sequence and piece the puzzle together for you. Please contact Traci Campbell, PE, CXLT and our team of engineers and technicians and put our experience and expertise to work for you.
Photogrammetry has been in use for centuries and for many different uses. The Tomahawk Cruise missile, for example, uses an advanced form of sophisticated photogrammetry to guide it to its intended target. Photogrammetry in accident reconstruction is used to supplement or verify existing scene measurements. It may also be used to create scene measurements when there were none taken on the date of the accident. All, of course, are contingent on good, reliable photographs. In instances where little or maybe no measurements were taken at an accident scene where other evidence of significance was overlooked and may be visible in the scene photos the use of photogrammetry to place those pieces of significant evidence can mean the difference between determining if one has a case worth pursuing or not.
In this subject case the fluid spill became a significant piece of evidence, but had not been measure-documented at the time of the accident. Only photographic documentation (Fig. 1) was available. Knowing, however, some specifics about typical highway lane striping and utilizing a date-sensitive aerial photo, basic assumptions could be made about lane line separation and roadway widths. With these known physical characteristics the needed physical evidence could be placed on a scale diagram (Fig. 2) by a simple method of photogrammetry. At BEC Consulting we can use this simple method of photogrammetry to locate and diagram physical evidence for your cases that were not thoroughly and completely measure-documented at the time of the accident.
BEC Consulting LLC, an established engineering firm in Tallahassee, FL with over 35 years in business, has the following immediate opening: Administrative Assistant - Full Time This is a terrific opportunity for an experienced, detail oriented applicant to work directly with our engineering teams in work involving forensic engineering, accident reconstruction and product liability analysis. Position is responsible for coordinating directly with clients and team personnel to schedule appointments and travel, assist with project case management (for multiple concurrent projects) as well as complete general day to day administrative tasks. Requires 3 - 5 yrs related education/experience with proficiency in Office-Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Experience working with insurance companies and legal practitioners a plus. Individual should possess strong analytical skills, have the ability to work in a team environment, meet deadlines, strong computer skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Salary commensurate with education/experience and competitive benefit package. Non-smoker. Apply on line HERE or mail resume, salary requirements and work availability to: HR (Admin), 3660 Hartsfield Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32303 or Fax 850-575-8454. EOE/Drug Free Work Place.
Portable 3-D scanners and software technology can be used in a variety of engineering applications. The precise and detailed digital scans, which include high resolution photographs, deliver realistic and accurate three dimensional models, providing our consulting engineers with thorough details of accident scenes, vehicles, product designs and more. These powerful graphics are used in the analysis of each case file and provide effective results and deliverables for our clients.
trip is when the momentum of a foot is impeded by an object to the extent that
a loss of balance occurs. Some common
causes include foreign objects in walking paths (wheel stops in parking lots,
torn carpet, etc.), sudden changes in elevation (jagged sidewalk expansion
joints, unexpected steps, etc.), or even inattention and/or familiar
complacency (knew it was there but forgot). How do you think a cell phone might
contribute to a pedestrian’s attention or inattention?
you know that a change in elevation on a walkway surface greater than ¼ inch is
likely to be non-code compliant and creates a potentially unsafe walking