Dr. Gary Hutter provides consulting services in Safety, various aspects of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Human Factors, and Ergonomics. Dr. Hutter is an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he has taught courses in safety since 1997. Dr. Hutter is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He is an active member of various safety committees of the NSC, ASTM, and ANSI. In 2013, Dr. Hutter became chairman of the NSC's safety committee for machinery safety. He is also a cited author, reviewer, and contributor on several OSHA, ANSI, and NSC publications and documents addressing safety issues. He has over 40 years of professional experience as an engineer, educator, and consultant.
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Investigation
- Accident Reconstruction
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Building Codes
- Burn Injury
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Child Safety
- Construction Safety
- Consumer Products
- Disabled Access
- Environmental Engineering
- Evidence Analysis & Preservation
- Failure Analysis
- Forensic Engineering
- Hazardous Materials
- Human Factors Engineering
- Industrial Design
- Industrial Hygiene & Mold
- Industrial Psychology
- Ladders & Scaffolds
- Lead Poisoning
- Lighting & Illumination
- Machine Guarding
- Mechanical Engineering
- Occupational/Environmental Health
- Paint & Coatings
- Plumbing & HVAC
- Power Tools
- Ramp & Stairs
- Slip, Trip & Fall
- Transportation Construction
- Transportation Safety
- Walking & Working Surfaces
- Wrongful Death
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, 1970
M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, 1977
Ph.D. in Environmental & Occupational Health Studies from the University of Illinois, 1991
M.S. in Human Factors (90% complete) from the University of Idaho
Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois
Certified Safety Professional
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: National Safety Council (NSC), committee safety chairman
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), standards implementer
American Standards for Testing and Materials (ASTM), standards voting member
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), past Human Factors committee chairman
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), safety committee member
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: 1) Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, lecturing on various aspects of Safety
2) Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, teaching graduate courses in Industrial Hygiene and Safety, OSHA Compliance, as well as Risk Assessment
3) Past chairman of/speaker at NSC seminars on machine tool safety issues. Cited author on machine safeguarding guidelines
4) Invited speaker at several professional meetings/seminars
5) Cited by OSHA as a contributor to criteria for Confined Space, Woodworking Equipment, Lockout & Tagout, as well as Machine Guarding
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: I have never been excluded from testifying.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: I normally testify about 12 times a year (deposition and trial). I am retained about 4 times per month on a project where I may be required to testify. I also am retained to perform tests, gather technical materials, provide technical guidance, and to collect and document evidence. Our firm also provides non-litigation safety services such as OSHA and safety audits, and accident documentation.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: I have expertise in various aspects of mechanical, industrial hygiene, environmental, and safety engineering. The following is a nonexhaustive list of select areas of expertise on which I have offered court-related consulting services
1) Confined space entry
3) Metal working/non-metal working machines
4) Hot water burns
6) Machine design for safety
7) Training and PPE criteria
8) Human factors, including written safety materials
9) OSHA compliance
11) Machine guarding
12) Safety signs
13) Warning signs
14) Slip and fall
15) Trip and fall
16) Pinch point
17) Pipe labeling
19) Light curtains
20) Pressurized hoses
21) Sewer cleaners
23) Wastewater treatment
25) Fall protection
26) Construction safety
27) Fabrication safety
28) Industrial safety
29) Equipment safety
30) Pedestrian safety
31) Sliding doors
34) Carbon monoxide
35) Hand holds
37) Crush injury
39) Electrical hazards
40) Water heaters
43) Tip over
44) Rollover protection
45) ANSI standards
46) Plastics machinery
47) Woodworking machinery
49) User expectations
51) Safety maintenance
52) Component failures
53) Air contaminants
54) Food processing
55) Transportation safety
57) Warehouse safety
58) Dock safety
59) Aerial lifts
60) Explosions at steel mills
61) Combustible dust
62) Furniture stability and failure
63) Baghouse safety
64) Consumer products
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: Looking at the part 5 years: about 60% plaintiff based on testimony. Retentions that are resolved before the need for testimony may be slightly different.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: Looking at the past 5 years: about 40% defendant based on testimony. Retentions that are resolved before the need for testimony may be slightly different
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: About 10 times per year over the past 20 years.
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: I have given testimony over the past several decades, continuing through the past quarter.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Every time to date. My rough estimate is about 3 times a year average for the past 20 years, or about 60 times over that time period. I have testified in prior years, but I do not have a good estimate of the numbers.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: See above.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: I initially worked for Ford Moter Company and the EPA on safety issues and was involved with litigation starting around 1975, but testifying was not a common element of my work until about 1988. Since that time I have provided forensic consulting
services on a regular basis.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Our firm offers services in testing, sampling, documentation of failed equipment and accidents, safety and environmental audits, MSDS work, compliance issues, insurance investigations, technical research, safety literature retrieval and acquisition, numerical analysis, artifact storage, and retrieval of competitor literature.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $245/hr.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $245/hr.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $245/hr.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $245/hr.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Reimbursement for miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses.
- Abstracts of select publications
- Air Contaminant Movement and Dilution in the Atmosphere
- Confined Space Entry
- Earthmoving Equipment: An Operator's Field of View (S.A.E. Standard J1091)
- Exposures to Mold, Mildew, and Metalworking Fluids
- Interlocks as Machine Safety Devices
- Machinery Safety Survey Results: Safety Interlocks and Used Equipment
- Procedural Aspects of Lockout Tagout, Confined Space Entry and Warnings
- Safeguarding Machines with an Ergonomic Spin
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