On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with transportation engineer Dr. Carl Berkowitz and mechanical engineer Dr. Oren Masory, presented a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, Passenger Terminal Safety, for all legal professionals.
Thousands of slip, trip and fall accidents occur each month in places where the traveling public interfaces with transportation services (land, sea and air). This includes airports, bus terminals, cruise ship and ferry terminals, railroad terminals, and train and subway stations. This program covered a variety of safety issues related to walking surfaces, including ramps, stairs, pathways, waiting areas and platforms, as well as transporting equipment, such as escalators, elevators and moving walkways, which are commonly present in these facilities. In addition, available standards and safety requirements were discussed.
About the Experts
Carl Berkowitz, PhD, PE, AICP, has 48 years of transportation and traffic engineering experience, served as a litigation consultant, and held various positions in industry, government, and higher education, with extensive experience in planning, design, safety, security, construction, maintenance, operations, and management. He holds a BCE in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Industrial Management from The City College of New York, and an MS in Transportation Planning and a PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU-Poly). In addition to his work involving pedestrians, and virtually every form of transportation and its safety (including aviation and maritime), Dr. Berkowitz has written numerous reports and articles for major publications, chaired task forces, appeared on national television and radio, and made numerous scholarly presentations worldwide. He holds memberships in many transportation professional associations.
Dr. Berkowitz’s areas of expertise include accident studies; slips, trips and falls; pedestrian accidents; perception-reaction capabilities; subway and commuter rail accidents; speed and distance analysis; and railroad grade.
Dr. Oren Masory holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Currently he is a professor in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. He has over 30 years of mechanical engineering experience, served as a litigation and engineering consultant and held positions in industry as well. His research interests include robotics, automation, machine tools controls, assistive technology, and accident reconstruction. Dr. Masory is an expert on vehicular accident reconstruction; low speed rear-end collisions; slips, trips and falls; pedestrian accidents; machinery; product liability; building and safety codes; and speed and distance analysis. Dr. Masory has written numerous reports and articles for major publications on the above topics. He holds memberships in ASTM and SAE.