Michelle A. Copeland, President of Occupational Safety Resource Inc., is a practicing Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with more than 35 years of experience in occupational safety and health. Ms. Copeland and her associates perform a variety of safety and industrial hygiene assessments and evaluations on behalf of trial attorneys throughout the United States. She serves as both consulting expert and testifying expert witness at the trial of complex occupational safety and health matters.
Ms. Copeland has provided litigation services to both defense and plaintiff's counsel, as well as to OSHA directly. She has testified in both civil and criminal cases related to:
Occupational Safety and Health Program audit and development
Workplace Health and Safety training
Safety and Health Management
Work-related personal injury or illness
Asbestos and mold exposure
Respirable crystalline silica
Confined space entry
Slip, trip, fall
Labels and warnings
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Investigation
- Construction Site
- Disaster Management
- Hazardous Materials
- Industrial Hygiene & Mold
- Labels & Warnings
- Ladders & Scaffolds
- Occupational/Environmental Health
- Ramp & Stairs
- Slip, Trip & Fall
- Walking & Working Surfaces
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Michelle Copeland, Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) since 1986
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Society of Safety Engineers
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Crisis management training and drills
Confined space entry training and drills
Emergency response training and drills
Forklift driver (powered industrial truck) and safety training including hands-on
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Industrial hygiene sampling
Quantitative vs. qualitative assessments
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: More than 200 retentions as a expert.
Deposition testimony in more than 50 cases.
Testimony at trial before a jury in approximately 8-10 cases.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: ADA disability accomodation (noise-related)
Adequacy of product safety warnings
Asbestos product liability
Chemical safety and exposure
Carbon monoxide exposure
Confined space entry
Construction site safety
Ergonomics and musculosketal injury
Flammable and explosive hazards
Forklift, mobile equipment, powered industrial truck
Hearing loss (occupational)
Indoor air quality
Multiple chemical exposure
Multi-employer worksite injuries
Occupational safety management
OSHA worksite safety
Slips, trips and falls
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: Approximately 40% (once for OSHA)
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: Approximately 60%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: In more than 50 cases
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: April 28, 2017
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I have never been disqualified.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 8-10
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: Since 1991 -- more frequently since 2005
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consultation, hazard identification and risk assessment, training, site inspections, program audits, environmental testing and written report, safety and health program development, emergency response and crisis management procedures, safety management processes, standard operating procedures, job hazard analyses, site-specific health and safety plans, communications with management and employees, community interface
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $250/hour -- initial discussion not included and I will be very straightforward in how my expertise and/or opinion might relate to the case
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $250/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $250/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $250/hour
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel $125/hour (max $1000 one way)
Expenses reasonable cost +10%
Airfare, lodging, rental vehicles pre-paid by client
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