Personal injury due to equipment failure or negligence can happen to anyone. Gilmore Engineers can provide an expert to identify or substantiate the cause of a variety of personal injuries and fatalities. Our mechanical engineers are experts in the investigation of slip and fall injuries; crush injuries; the effects of noise and vibration over time; ergonomics; ladder failures and injuries sustained by the failure of amusement rides.
For over 30 years, Gilmore Engineers has been a leader in the investigation and analysis of a variety of different types of incidents. During this time Gilmore Engineers has provided over 1,500 reports to members of the legal profession for matters before District, Supreme and Federal Courts.
Our mechanical engineers will examine the available evidence and give you an initial engineering assessment in the form of a verbal opinion. If necessary, this opinion can be provided in the form of a comprehensive report for the Court. Our experts will then follow through by presenting their evidence to the Court in person on your behalf if required.
- Workplace incidents
- Cumulative trauma disorders
- Slip & falls
- Crushing impacts
- Amusement rides
- Noise and vibration effects
- Ladder failures
- Swimming injuries
Personal Injury Case Studies
Amusement Park Ride
Dr Duncan Gilmore was engaged to assist the Coroner with investigations and safety assessments of an amusement park ride following multiple fatalities. He advised the Coroner on the design and maintenance of the ride in relation to Australian Standards and Workplace Health and Safety requirements. Dr Gilmore also reviewed the reports and evidence from expert witnesses acting for other parties in the case.
Workplace Machinery Injury
A worker suffered a severe injury while operating machinery at a manufacturing plant in Brisbane. Our engineers investigated the incident and provided expert evidence to the court on the design and maintenance of the machine in relation to Australian Standards on Safety of Machinery and Workplace Health and Safety requirements.
Work Site – Manslaughter
An excavator operator was charged with manslaughter, after a death on a work site. Our engineer investigated the available evidence and was able to identify an excavator failure mode that was not identified by either Workplace Health and Safety or Police investigators. Our engineer provided evidence to the Supreme Court in person. The client was found not guilty of all charges.
Flying Fox Personal Injury
A father who was carrying his child on a flying fox was injured when the cable broke. Gilmore Engineers were engaged in analysing the evidence and providing expert engineering evidence for the court. Our engineer identified an area of the flying fox design which did not comply with Australian Standards and was able to explain why this resulted in the premature failure of the cable.
Conveyor Belt Crushing Fatality
A worker went to inspect a clogged loading system on a conveyor belt at a cement factory in NSW. The worker did not follow the safety procedure, climbed over the conveyor stop cable and up onto the conveyor to get a better look. The moving loading mechanism then crushed the worker. Our engineer inspected the conveyor system and provided advice to the instructing solicitors to assist with their case.
Slip and Fall Friction Testing
Gilmore Engineers have investigated numerous slip and fall incidents on surfaces including ceramic tiles, wooden floors, concrete paths and around swimming pools. Wet surfaces are tested with a pendulum friction tester which is designed to simulate the heel strike of a walking person. Dry surface testing is done with a testing device which crawls along the surface measuring the frictional resistance of the surface.
Truck Seat Vibration
A truck driver was suffering back problems. It was claimed vibrations radiated through the seat of the truck he drove causing discomfort. Gilmore Engineers installed vibration sensors on the seat of the truck and logged the vibrations while the truck was in motion. The tests and results were presented in an expert report for the court.
Swimming Pool Diving Injury
A young girl was injured diving into a swimming pool during a swimming lesson. Gilmore Engineers was engaged to determine the contribution of the depth of the pool to the incident. Computer simulations were undertaken using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to determine the difference that the depth of the pool would make on the impact force.
Nail Gun Cumulative trauma
A worker suffering Carpal Tunnel syndrome claimed it to be as a result of repeatedly using nail guns and screw guns in the manufacture of wooden boxes. Our engineer fitted force gauges and accelerometers to the nail guns and screw guns to measure the level of forces and vibrations to which the worker was exposed.