Juliet A. Gridley
P.E., CSPView Full Profile
How do you investigate and analyze a scene that has been buried and landscaped over for two years?
Sometimes we are called in long after the occurrence in question.
In this instance, there was an accident on a construction site where the landscape subsequently grew, changed, and was reshaped after the fact.
An excavation was dug by a subcontractor to connect the water supply for a new facility to the city water lines. At the end of the day, the area was taped off to prevent unintentional access.
A pedestrian walking along a road late at night falls into the excavation after he steps away from the pavement to avoid oncoming traffic. He has provided photographs of the scene taken within a few days of the accident to support his claims that the excavation was improperly placed, it lacked proper protective guards to prevent access and the walls of the excavation were too steep to permit escape.
Locate and examine the placement of the former excavation and compare the reported accident location to applicable codes.
To perform the analysis, S-E-A took the following steps:
Combine the collected information to generate a map of the area, locate the excavation site and provide a cross-section of the excavation site.
Test evidence was evaluated resulting in the following finding:
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Ms. Gridley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The University of South Florida.
Prior to joining S-E-A, she was responsible for Safety, Health & Environmental compliance for two fossil-fuel-fired power plants.
Her diverse background in both engineering and safety and health assist her in investigating accidents in commercial, industrial, residential and multi-employer settings, occupational/environmental exposures, industrial hygiene/air quality investigations, egress evaluations, structural inspections, foundation and roof investigations, water intrusion evaluations, and vibration damage analysis.
She has implemented and managed safety and health programs addressing fall protection, hazard communication, powered industrial trucks, confined space, heat stress, noise, respiratory protection, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), machine guarding, and hot work.
In addition to being a Licensed Professional Engineer in Florida and several other states, she is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified XL Tribomotrist, a Certified Mold Remediator (CMR), and a licensed mold assessor in the State of Florida.
Ms. Gridley is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
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