Personal injury due to slips/falls in both commercial and residential environments can be caused by lack of adherence to the building code, inadequate facility maintenance, poor choice of footwear or possible fraud. We provide expertise in both preventative and post-fall assessments.
Human injury is a common consequence of most slip and fall incidents. The biomechanist is uniquely qualified to assess injury potential, and link the mechanism of injury to the incident’s mechanical events. Our biomechanical analyses draw on the most recent, and relevant scientific knowledge in the areas of human injury mechanisms, thresholds, and prevention.
Engineers and our Biomechanical experts at Rochon Engineering have also teamed with medical experts at MDAC/Sibley to offer a three-part assessment combining expertise from each discipline. The final result is a comprehensive analysis that addresses the question of whether the reported injuries were due to the incident.
A fall is defined as a sudden, uncontrolled, unintentional, downward displacement of the body to the ground or other object. The cause of the fall is determined using a combination of our forensics experience, building code expertise and specialized slip test equipment.
The Brungraber Mark II is commonly used in these instances as it is compact in size and allows us to test slip resistance in relatively small areas such as stairs, showers and bathtubs. We can also test slip resistance using a variety of shoe sole materials under wet and dry conditions. We provide a “court ready” incident report.