Scientific Advisory Services, Ltd. SUMMARY OF CURRICULUM VITAE

Dr. C. J. Abraham, P.E.

3 Baker Hill Road, Great Neck, NY 11023
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• About Scientific Advisory Services, Ltd.
• Curriculum Vitae Dr. C. J. Abraham, P.E.
• Professional Associations
• Patents and Products
• Presentations and Papers
• Copyrights
• Overcoming Federal Preemption
• Playground Safety
• Playgrounds and Amusement Parks
• Concussions - Your Body Is Nothing Without A Brain
• Prior Trial Results
• Human Factors, Safety & Hazard Analysis
• Toy Design & Safety
• Warnings & Instructions
• Sports & Recreation Safety
• OSHA and Labor Law
• Slips, Trips & Falls
• Recreation & Sports Accidents
• Columbia University Presentation
• The Flammable Fabrics Act: An Unreasonably Dangerous Act
• Flammable Fabrics Case
• A New Standard of Care in
Absorbing and Dissipating Forces

• A Viable Product vs. The Legal System
• United States District Court Decision: Allison Nowak, et al Plaintiffs v. Faberge U.S.A. and Precision Valve Corporation, Defendants
• Arnau v. WC Maui Coast LLC, et al.; U.S. District Court, District of Mawaii
• Industrial Products & Equipment
• Improved Protection For Sports Helmets
• News – Battery Petition
• NHTSA Petition: Battery Explosions
• Soccer – Head Injuries and Protection
• National Alliance for Youth Sports – SportingKid Magazine – Fall 2007

• ForceField FF Headbands
• Contact Information

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
  • P. E. - Licensed Professional (Safety Engineer, CA)
  • P. E. - Licensed Professional Engineer (State of Mississippi)
  • CPC, CChE - Certified Professional Chemist & Chem. Engineer (National Inst. of Chemists & Chemical Engineers)
  • FRSC, CChem - Chartered Chemist and Fellow (Royal Institute of Chemistry, London, England)
  • LFAIC - Life Fellow, The American Institute of Chemists
  • DEE, IH - Diplomate, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Industrial Hygiene Engineer
  • FTI, Ctext-Fellow, The Textile Institute (Manchester, England)
  • BCEE - Board Certified Environmental Engineer
  • BCFE - Board Certified Forensic Examiner
  • Certified - Arson Detection by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (U.S. Dept. of the Treasury)
  • Certified - Chemical Engineer, Senior Member: #0118-003-3, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Certified by The Steel Erectors Association of America in Connector Safety (OSHA Subpart R 1926.761(c)(2)) and Fall Hazards Safety (OSHA Subpart R 1926.761(b))
  • Certified - Warnings & Instructions Specialist (University of Wisconsin - Madison, College of Engineering 1988)
  • Certified in Motorcycle & Motor Scooter Safety and Operation
  • Fellow - American College of Forensic Examiners
  • Permanent Certification, University of the State of New York - Chem., Physics, Math, Gen. Science
  • Board Certified Forensic Examiner in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (American Board of Forensic Examiners)
  • Board Certified Forensic Examiner in Safety Engineering and Design (American Board of Forensic Examiners)
  • Board Certified Forensic Examiner in Fires and Explosions (American Board of Forensic Examiners)
  • Board Certified Forensic Examiner in Industrial Hygiene (American Board of Forensic Examiners)
  • Board Certified Forensic Examiner in Sports Safety (American Board of Forensic Examiners)
  • Senior Classification Systems Safety Society
  • Fellow of the Board - American Board of Forensic Examiners
  • Diplomate in Forensic Engineering - American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology (Lifetime)
  • Professional Member - American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Senior Grade - Systems Safety Society
  • MS, PhD, DSc, JD

AREAS OF EXPERTISE (Technical)

  • Experience in new product development, manufacturing, packaging, standards, warnings and instructions.
  • Extensive experience in the identification, elimination and control of hazards to people and property. This includes the development, establishment, manufacturing, construction, assembly, testing, operation, training and procedures including manuals, environmental engineering and industrial hygiene, warnings & instructions for consumer products.
  • Authority in the fields of products liability, OSHA, Labor Law (Industrial Code), ADA, safety and safety engineering, and construction accidents.
  • Contributing author to the PRODUCT DEFECT HANDBOOK.
  • Lectured and taught at universities in the United States and Europe.
  • Published and presented papers in the areas of fires, explosions (gas, bottle, battery), plastics, toxic torts, flammable fabrics, safety engineering and design, sports safety, household and industrial product safety, industrial equipment, warnings and instructions for both industrial and consumer products.
  • Certified by The Steel Erectors Association of America in Connector Safety (OSHA Subpart R 1926.761(c)(2)); Fall Hazards Safety (OSHA Subpart R 1926.761(b)); Safe Erection of Open Web Steel Joist and Joist Girders and Handling Structural Steel.
  • Patentee of many products, including protective headgear (face mask used in football - licensed to Riddell), enhancement of energy absorption for protective headgear and equipment, safety shields for batteries, insulation materials used on missiles, household products, and non-toxic insect repellents and the ForceField headgear / headband. Copyright Registrations in the areas of battery warnings and instructions, toxic materials, household products and insect repellents.
  • Experienced in golf cart accidents, operation and design.
  • Experienced in amusement park activities and water park activities, operation, and safety.
  • Experienced in head injury, brain injury and head trauma cases.
  • Experienced in helmet testing and evaluation, head protection and analysis in all types of cases.
  • Experienced in animal and human health products, new product development, EPA, product data specifications, testing and analysis.
  • Experienced in architectural analysis (residential and commercial) including concrete slab composite structures for sidewalks, parking and streets including asphalt. Consultant to NIOSH (peer review research proposals for research and new OSHA safety standards).
  • Consulted to ABC and CBS News, Eye Witness News, and the Discovery Channel.
  • Consulted to the Department of Agriculture (Bureau of Mines).
  • Consulted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • Consulted to the Department of Labor (OSHA).
  • Consulted to construction companies in the area of safety for their employees applying OSHA and ANSI standards for high elevations.
  • Consultant on Warnings & Instructions to the Unified Abrasives Association.
  • Consultant to Microsoft Kinesiology Studies, Human Movements and Muscle Activity Impacts, Warnings and Instructions.
  • Consulted to the American Textile Company (warnings & instructions).
  • Consulted to Sherwin Williams.
  • Consulted to The Thompson's Company-Water Seal Product.
  • Consulted to the Long Island railroad.
  • Consulted to the New York Transit.
  • Consulted to the Queensborough Bridge authority.
  • Consulted to the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Mines.
  • Consulted to Wave Loch, Inc. (manufacturer of the Flow Rider).
  • Consultant to Intamin AG, Switzerland (manufacturer of roller coasters).
  • Consultant to the estates of the deceased and the foreigners that escaped in the Kaprun fire disaster case in Kaprun, Austria.
  • Consulted to The Guidance Group (creator of educational toys).
  • Consulted to Northern Lights (manufacturer of fitness equipment - safety engineering & design).
  • Member (former) of the Advisory Board - World Congress on Industrial, Technical, and High Performance Textiles (Great Britain).
  • Member (former) of the Advisory Board - American Board of Engineering and Technology (USA).
  • Architectural Review Board, Village of Great Neck, Great Neck, NY (1995-2009).
  • Lectured and/or taught at universities in the United States and Europe.
  • Consultant - Risk and human factors consultant to Hudson Bay stores, Canada.
  • Consultant - Risk and human factors consultant to The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Consulted to a number of chain stores in the area of safety in retail stores.
  • Consultant - Warnings & Instructions to the Unified Abrasives Manufacturers Association.
  • Consultant in Warnings & Instructions to Estwing Manufacturing Co. (manufacturer of tools).
  • Consulted to Win Win Printing, Inc. - OSHA compliance and employee training
  • United States Member of ISO/TC 181/SC - Safety / Manufacture of Toys. Safety testing, technical regulations, quality control, packaging, testing, packaging, warnings and instructions.
  • Consulted to Lobster, Inc. on safety and warnings (high speed tennis machine).
  • Consulted to various municipalities on park, recreation safety and swimming pools.
  • Consulted to Hamaco Industries Corporation. A Japanese manufacturer of material handling equipment such as mechanical and electric lift tables. Preparation of warnings and instructions for lifts and creations of warnings and instructions for service and user manuals.
  • Tested and evaluated every type of protective sports head gear.
  • Member of the ASTM, (1964-present).
  • Over 30 years of experience with EU Directives, ISO, ASTM, ANSI, NEMA, NFPA, UL, OSHA for a large variety of products, including but not limited to recreational facilities, toys, playgrounds, personal household products, textiles, etc.
  • Lectured and taught at various universities in the United States and Europe.
  • Consulted to various municipalities on park, recreation safety and swimming pools.
  • Diplomate-American Board of Forensic Examiners in Safety & Safety Engineering.
  • Member (former) of the Advisory Board - World Congress on Industrial, Technical, and High Performance Textiles (Great Britain); former member of the Advisory Board - American Board of Engineering and Technology (USA).
  • Over 100 publications and presentations.
  • Consulted to Big Lots Stores, Inc. on display safety.
  • Consulted to Family Dollar Stores (safety of products).
  • Consulted to Walter Kidde (fire extinguishers).
  • Consulted to Kohl's Department Stores (retail displays and safety).
  • Consulted to The Thompson's Company-Water Seal Product.
  • Consulted to The London Hotel, NYC, ADA (American Disability Act) evaluation.
  • Consulted to Reliable Bakery (Brooklyn) - Safety & OSHA.
  • Consulted to Attorney General's Office for the State of New York, Louisiana, Iowa and others.
  • Consulted to US Department of Justice, Eastern District of New York.
  • Consulted to CBS Evening News, Tampa Florida on July 23, 2013 relating to the safety and cause of the accident resulting in the death of a rider on the rollercoaster at Six Flags Amusement Park.
  • Consultation to ABC News, New York on 8-15-2013. Serpent Roller Coaster ride accident involving 5 year old in Coney Island on 8-14-2013.
  • Consulted to CBS TV News, New York on 10-15-2013. Analysis of the safety protocol related to retail stores and stacking shelves with merchandise. (televised 10-31-2013, 11 p.m.)
  • Consulted to Tylo Helo (Tylö AB), the largest sauna (dry and steam) company in the world.
  • Consulted to Transpo Industries, Inc.
  • Consulted to Landscape Forms, Inc.
  • Consulted to the Office of the United States Attorney

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (Sports & Recreation)

  • Diplomate - American Board of Forensic Examiners in Sports and Recreational Safety
  • Former Director of Sports, Recreation & the Athletics Division of a national consulting firm for twenty-eight years.
  • Experienced in the identification, elimination, and control of hazards in recreation facilities, parks and school environments.
  • Directly involved with sports & recreation safety standards, safety and design analysis of protective equipment, consumer products, warnings and instructions.
  • Member of the Executive Committee and consultant in the area of engineering and human factors to the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) (1980-1998)
  • U.S. Delegate - International Standards Organization (ISO) (1988-1998)
  • Member Safety & Protective Equipment Committee (SPEC) of USA Hockey (1996-2008)
  • Member of the ASTM (1964-present)
  • Inventor of the Bio-Lite football facemask licensed to Riddell
  • Inventor of the ForceField FF Headband (www.forcefieldheadbands.com)
  • USPTA-certified tennis instructor (United States Professional Tennis Association)
  • Creator of warnings and instructions for many sports products
  • Consulted to municipalities on park & recreation facilities, and Set Makers, Inc., the manufacturer of recreation facilities for Burger King and McDonald's restaurants
  • Consulted to Lobster, Inc. on safety and warnings (High speed tennis machine)
  • Consulted to various municipalities on park, recreation safety and swimming pools
  • Tested and evaluated every type of protective sports head gear
  • Consultant to Microsoft - Kinesiology Studies, Human Movements and Muscle Activity Impacts, Warnings and Instructions
  • Consulted to Wave Loch, Inc. (manufacturer of the Flow Rider)
  • Consultant to Intamin AG (Switzerland-roller coasters)
  • Consulted to Northern Lights (mfg. of fitness equipment - safety engineering & design)
  • Consulted to ABC and CBS on Amusement Park accidents
  • Consulted on safety of activities on amusement parks including water parks (Splish Splash, Suffolk County, NY, Coney Island, Six Flags and Disney World)
  • Consulted on cruise lines with safety of their recreational activities and exercise equipment
  • Consulted to Chuck E. Cheese on the safety of their amusement facility
  • Consulted to ABC affiliates, KGTV News, in West Palm Beach, Florida and San Diego, California on the Safety of Playgrounds and Playground Activities http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/safety-consultant-finds-various-problems-at-san-diego-public-parks and http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/10news-report-spurs-changes-at-san-diego-public-parks
  • Consulted on cases involving amusement parks, roller coasters, tennis pitching machines, exercise machines, recreational facilities for McDonalds and Burger King, lazar facilities, residential playgrounds, safety in indoor and outdoor basketball courts, bleacher safety, natural versus synthetic surfaces, headgear for sports, baseball base design, golf carts, ice hockey facilities, cruise line recreational activities (i.e. wave runners, track and exercise equipment), and many others.
  • Abraham, C. J. and Abraham, S. R., Subconcussive Head Impacts in Soccer and a Method for Significantly Reducing and Dissipating Those Forces, presented at the ASTM International Symposium on the Mechanism of Concussion in Sports, November 13, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Consultation to ABC News, New York on 8-15-2013. Serpent Roller Coaster ride accident involving 5 year old in Coney Island on 8-14-2013.

FOR LIST OF COPYRIGHTS, PUBLICATIONS AND PATENTS, REFER TO THE FOLLOWING PAGES:

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • International Code Council, Building Safety Professional
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • New York State Society of Professional Engineers
  • Queens Chapter, Society of Professional Engineers
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Diplomate
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (Full Membership)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (London), Fellow
  • The Textile Institute, Fellow (Manchester, England)
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Society of Civil Engineers
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (Professional Member)
  • Systems Safety Society - Senior Grade
  • Standards Engineering Society
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (9073529)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Chemical Society (over 50 years)
  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Senior Member)
  • Society of Plastics Engineers (Senior)
  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
  • American Board of Forensic Examiners
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • United States Professional Tennis Association (certified tennis instructor)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials: ASTM (1964- to present)
    C-8 Refractories;
    C-14 Glass & Glass Products;
    C-01 Cement;
    D-1 Paint, Varnish, Lacquer & Related Products;
    D-9 Electrical Insulating Materials;
    D-12 Soaps & Other Detergents;
    D-13 Textiles;
    D-13.52 Flammability;
    D-14 Adhesives;
    D-19 Water;
    D-20 Plastics;
    D-21 Polishes;
    D-26 Halogenated Organic Solvents;
    D-30 High Modulus Fibers and their Composites;
    E-5 Fire Tests of Materials and Construction;
    E-7 Non-destructive Testing;
    E-15 Analysis & Testing of Industrial Chemicals;
    E-17 Skid Resistance;
    E-20 Temperature Measurement, Chemicals;
    E-27 Hazard Potential of Chemicals;
    E-30 Forensic Sciences;
    E-34 Occupational Health & Safety Aspects of Materials, Physical & Biological Agents;
    E-28 Mechanical Testing;
    F-08 Sports Equipment & Facilities;
    F-09 Tires;
    F-13 Safety & Traction of Footwear;
    F-15 Consumer Product Safety;
    F-23 Protective Clothing;
    F-27 Snow Skiing;
    F-08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities;
    F08-Main Committee;
    F08-10 Bicycles;
    F08-11 In-Line Skating;
    F08-12 Wrestling and Gymnastics;
    F08-13 Fencing Equipment;
    F08-15 Ice Hockey;
    F08-16 Archery Products;
    F08-17 Trampolines and Related Equipment;
    F08-18 Golf Clubs and Shafts;
    F08-19 Bicycle Accessories;
    F08-21 Climbing and Mountaineering;
    F08.22 Camping Equipment;
    F08-23 Tennis Courts and Running Tracks;
    F08-24 Paintball and Equipment;
    F08-25 Residential Basketball Equipment;
    F08-26 Baseball and Softball;
    F08-30 Fitness Products;
    F08-51 Medical Aspects and Biomechanics;
    F08-52 Playing Surfaces and Facilities;
    F08-52.1 Task Group Playground Surfacing;
    F08-53 Headgear and Helmets;
    F08-54 Athletic Footwear;
    F08-55 Body Padding;
    F08-56 Facilities-Baseball and Softball;
    F08-57 Eye Safety for Sports;
    F08-61 Ice Hockey Rinks;
    F08-63 Playground Surfacing Systems;
    F08-64 Natural Playing Surfaces;
    F08-65 Artificial Turf Systems;
    F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices;
    F24-10 Test Methods;
    F24-20 Specifications and Terminology;
    F24-24 Design and Manufacture;
    F24-30 Maintenance and Inspection;
    F24-40 Operations;
    F24-60 Special Rides & Attractions;
    F15-     Consumer Products;
    F15-     Aquatic Play Equipment;
    F15-29 Public Playground Equipment;
    F15-36 Soft Contained Play Equipment;
    F15-44 Play Equipment for Children Under Two;