HHC Services, Inc. provides safety engineering consulting and expert witness services. Included in the Most Highly Regarded Expert Witnesses 2017 awards, we took the opportunity to interview the firm’s Dr. Janine McCartney to learn more about her own specialist role within the firm.
HHC Services, Inc. provides safety engineering consulting and expert witness services. The firm’s Dr. Janine McCartney is a senior safety engineer and expert witness, a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience
Dr. McCartney works on a day to day basis, as a consultant and as an expert. Dr. McCartney has held safety management positions with several Fortune 300 companies and a safety officer II position with OSHA Consultation and Adjunct faculty, with Texas A&M Texas Engineering Extension.
The industries Dr. McCartney has represented include: construction; telecommunications; utilities; manufacturing; food processing & distribution; oil and gas exploration & production and property management. Her clients include: law firms; engineering firms; insurance companies and government agencies.
Dr. McCartney’s areas of practice and expertise are: safety engineering; arc flash analyses and accidents; electrical safety; falls; equipment & machinery; human factors; accident investigation/ reconstruction; OSHA; guarding; construction; industrial & premises accidents as well as oil and gas and pipeline issues.
She shares with us her thoughts on being included in the Most Highly Regarded Expert Witnesses 2017 awards, plus her opinions on the most pressing issue facing her industry today.
“It is extremely humbling to be recognised for my achievements and work in the field. The award is a validation of my and the firm’s competency, work ethic, attention to detail, plus how we provide services and excellent customer service.
“The most pressing issue today facing a company today is an experienced workforce, enforcement of contractor safety and fall protection.
“An increasing number of cases today are being filed for worker injury, even though compensation has already been paid to the worker. An expert is therefore needed to level the playing field and educate as to the standards that apply to the case concerned. Without a competent expert, the case can become chaotic and confusing to a jury.”
Dr. McCartney then provides a fascinating insight about her work and unique knowledge of many industry sectors.
“I started in the oil and gas industry back in 1979, as a wellsite geologist and was one of the first women permitted to work in the field. I can therefore provide a unique insight into the oil and gas industry, as I started at the bottom and worked my way up to management and then to an expert. I have technical and historical knowledge in: construction, telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing, food processing & distribution, oil and gas exploration & production and property management.
While Dr. McCartney cannot comment on any notable provided expert witness she has worked on due to confidentiality orders, she highlights in closing that her clients are most pleased with her work. This goes without saying when one considers Dr. McCartney’s excellent track record in safety for 25 years, plus her experience in both industry and government for an additional 10 years. With a career spanning 35 years to date, Dr. McCartney is very happy to carry on in her current role.