Ryszard (Richard) Szymani

Dr. Ryszard (Richard) Szymani

Wood Machining Institute
420 N. Civic Drive #406
Walnut Creek , CA 94596
Office: 925-943-5240
Fax: 925-945-0947

Dr. Szymani (Saw Doctor) is a wood machining safety expert. He organizes Annual WMI Workshops on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Saws and Knives and lecturers on safety and hazard analysis in woodworking and the wood industry covering design, manufacture, use and maintenance of wood processing machinery; guarding, warnings, training, codes, safety standards, customs and practices. He has been editor and publisher for 32 years of an international newsletter, Wood Machining News with frequent safety articles (see Publications).

He has over 47 years experience in wood machining and 37 years in personal injury and product liability cases involving table saws, chop saws, miter saws, power saws, chain saws, gang rip saws, band saws, wood chippers, planers, molders, conveyors, machine guarding and warnings . He provides accident reconstruction and expert witness testimony. Consulted in over 300 cases. Testified in courts in California, Florida, New Mexico and New York and served as Safety Specialist/Consultant on the ANSI Committee 01.1 Safety Requirements for Woodworking Machinery (1983-1998; 2012-2014).

Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • OSHA
  • Power Tools
  • Products Liability
  • Safety
  • Wood Products & Lumber


References upon request.