Product Liability Prevention
PRODUCT LIABILITY PREVENTION
Attorney / Client privileged product review
LBIES is proud to carry on Lew Bass’ legacy of providing product liability prevention under the coverage of attorney client privilege. Tom Redick, a licensed California Product Liability attorney, and the co-author of Lew’s original book
Managing for Products Liability Avoidance, works closely with us to provide legal services to anyone who wants to ensure their facility, products and employees are safe as well as having done their own due diligence. It has helped companies accomplish their safety goals and reduce their product liability insurance.
Mr. Redick, along with our team of electrical and mechanical engineers, as well as our EHS and facility experts, are able to review dangerous gases, chemicals, environments, class 4 lasers and many other exposed potential dangerous conditions and worked out a safety program that ensures they have done due diligence for the safest environment possible. Because the findings are done under attorney client privilege, none of the findings are exposable. We have helped large and smaller sized companies reduce accidents and cost related expenses and provide danger free working environments.
Mr. Redick provides legal review showing due diligence in the design of the product and also works closely with a Trusted Patent Law Firm located in northern California in order to provide companies creating new products to obtain patent reviews and patents.
Some examples of Corporate legal consultation we have provided for clients:
- Review of sales contracts, brochures, websites, warranties, user manuals, and written materials for both the United States and outside the United States
- Consulting of required due diligence for the design or manufacturing of equipment, including legal obligations of equipment built outside the United States
- Consulting to explain what restrictions and regulations are in place for equipment being designed and manufactured that contain hazardous materials that are no longer allowed
- Consulting of required due diligence for the design and manufacturing of Medical Devices, including legal obligations of equipment built outside the United States
- Provided recommendations and legal responsibilities as well as legal exposure for companies that manufacture outside of the United States
- Provided Safety review of all company documentation and facility environment in order to provide safe environment for employees and safe manufacturing practices so that the company has better insurance options/selections as well as more support from insurance company
- Review of safety audit (completed by LBIES’s safety team under Mr. Redick) with management and non-disclosable recommendations for improvement and plan of action based on company’s legal/safety budget.
Some examples of safety audits conducted over the years of facilities under attorney client privilege and what was disclosed:
- Many safety audits of entire facility that resulted in new/updated safety procedures incorporating legal, local and federal regulations
- Finding potentially deadly chemical and gas leaks that were not following correct procedures
- Improper ventilation that was creating hazardous health conditions for employees
- Potential fire hazards from placing the wrong chemicals next to each other
- Potential electrical shocks to employees where water containers were placed on electrical apparatus
- Flammable materials that were left near hot surfaces
- No light screens were placed to protect against laser exposure
- Exposed wiring near hot surfaces that were creating a fire hazard and electrical shock to certain surfaces
- Equipment that was improperly guarded and resulted in the loss of a finger
- Determining that the death of an employee was caused by improperly preparing the area and no warning signs
- ARC Flash danger for employees who were working next to an open unprotected large electrical panel with missing cabinet door
- Unmarked areas that should have had signs indicating the dangers of entering a room full of lasers and allowing employees to use the room as a shortcut
- Unmarked equipment lacking proper warning labels