Tuesday, February 16, 2021
11:00 AM EST – Noon EST
Presenters: Free to MDC Members;
Farheen S. Khan, Ph.D.,
Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Amy E. Askew, Esq.,
Kramon & Graham, P.A.
$30 for Non-Member Attorneys
Approximately 90 percent of all accidents occur due to human error. In spite of their awareness of the risk, experience, training, and knowledge, people often make decisions and behave in ways that increase the risk of an accident or injury. In some cases, accidents occur due to an honest mistake. In other cases, people intentionally break from safe practices. These situations make human factors an essential assessment in a wide range of complex accidents involving commercial trucking, automobiles, railroads, aviation, utilities, construction, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, medical devices, as well as consumer and commercial products.
Human Factors experts examine human performance under given circumstances, how they perceive risk and make decisions, and what motivates safe or unsafe behavior. This course will provide the audience an understanding of the various human factors issues that contribute to accident causation in cases related to transportation and product liability. Factors such as risk perception, gaze behavior, perception-response time, visibility and conspicuity, driver decision-making, fatigue, inattention, warning adequacy, and warning compliance, etc. will be discussed to help the audience understand key issues in such cases. Case studies will be used to help the audience understand how to use human factors experts.
Only those who register will receive the Zoom link prior to the event.
About the Presenters:
Farheen S. Khan, Ph.D. holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her Masters and Doctoral work focused on the study of human behavior and risk perception and their effect on accident causation. She has extensive experience with assisting clients in understanding risk perception, human error, and risk-taking behavior in product liability, construction, mining, industrial, and railroad accidents.
Amy E. Askew, Esq. is a Maryland trial lawyer with particular experience representing the rail and health care industries. She also represents lawyers in professional responsibility matters. Amy has tried many jury and bench trials to verdict and successfully argued in the appellate courts of Maryland. She has significant experience defending companies in class-action litigation, particularly consumer class actions.
Thank you to Rimkus for sponsoring this event.