Lewis Barbe

Professional Engineer

Ergonomics Expert

Lewis Barbe is a certified safety engineer and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the world's oldest professional safety organization. He is an expert on ergonomics and has worked in new product development. He recently attained Emeritus status with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, for his commitment of excellence to protecting the environment and Public Health and Safety, and was one of two engineers appointed to be United States representatives to ISO/TC159 Safety Data for Human Machine Interactions committee.

Safety Operation Experience

Lewis Barbe is a Board-certified Safety Engineer who has committed many years of his life to maintaining safety in the workplace. He is the author of and Occupational Safety and Health Reference manual, is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and has provided his knowledge and background in safety as an expert witness in many legal proceedings.


His expertise allows him to testify under oath to whether a workplace injury was caused by unsafe conditions, unsafe acts, or from the personal characteristics of the person or persons involved in the incident. "This information, along with my personal safety operation experience and my life's work as a Safety Engineer, as well as the work that I have done in analyzing [a particular incident], form the basis of my opinions," he has said. He appeared as an expert witness in a California case that resulted in a record thirty-one million dollar jury verdict.


Lewis Barbe says that the scientific principles he brings to bear on a given case represent establish control barriers for an injury analysis, which then tells him what should have been done to prevent the injury, incident, conditions, or acts that resulted in the legal proceedings.


To reach an informed opinion on cases, Lewis C Barbe reviews photographs taken of accident sites, copies of relevant plans and components, documents provided by defense or prosecution counsel pertaining to the case under review, and copies of pertinent depositions and other documents. He also does on-site inspections of the physical properties involved, when it is applicable, and then renders his opinion.

Lewis C Barbe spent many years in Safety Engineering and Management positions at Westinghouse Electric.

Lewis Barbe - Committee Chairman

Lewis Barbe is a Board-certified Safety Engineer with many years of experience behind him. He has held Accident Prevention and Loss Control positions with several companies, including Westinghouse Electric, where as its Manager of Accident Prevention he established a world safety record, and received an award from the National Safety Council in recognition of his accomplishment.


He is a member of the American National Standards Institute, and has been for more than twenty five years. He has been a member of more than forty ANSI committees, including Rope Guided and Non-Guided Workers' Hoists, Safety Requirements for the Installation of Drilled Shafts, Emergency Procedures for Construction Sites, and Basic Elements of a Program to Provide a Safe and Healthful Work Environment, and Reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in the Construction Industry.


Lewis Barbe has been the Chairman of five of these ANSI committees. He headed its Temporary and Safe Operating Practices for Hot Mixed Asphalt Construction committee, its Ceramic Tile, Terrazzo, and Marble Work Committee, its Roofing – Safety Requirements for Low Sloped Roofs committee, and its Hot Mix Asphalt Facilities committee.


In addition to this, Lewis Barbe is a specialist in safety engineering and failure analysis, and new product development. He has served as an expert witness consulting in railroad litigation and product liability, and was one of two engineers appointed to be United States representatives to ISO/TC159 Safety Data for the Human Machine Interactions committee.


He is a member of numerous professional associations and organizations, including the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Safety Council, and the American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

Lewis Barbe - Peer Reviewed Practices

Lewis Barbe is a Board certified Safety Engineer a high standing in the professional engineering community. He has held positions in many different companies, as both a manager and an engineer, and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, among many other associations.


He has offered engineering consulting services in many settings, including to the legal community, where he has provided testimony as an expert witness in accident investigation cases. "My personal Safety operation experience and my life's work as a Safety Engineer, as well as the work that I have done in analyzing this incident, form the basis of my opinions," he says of this work. His testimony in a California case was a deciding factor in the jury verdict award the plaintiff with more than thirty-one million dollars, a record.


Lewis Barbe understands that expert witnesses play a vital role in many investigations, and that their testimony can be the key in determining the cause of, and responsibility for, serious accidents, and consequently it is a role that he takes very seriously, bringing to bear his years of accumulated expertise. "An engineering determination must be made as to whether the injury resulted from an incident or accident, caused by an unsafe condition, unsafe acts, or from the personal characteristics of the personnel involved," he says.


When he is hired as an expert witness, Lewis Barbe says that he uses various accepted practices of accident or incident reconstruction, which have been tested and peer-reviewed over time, and contain no subjective elements. The opinions he renders and offers to a legal proceeding are fair and impartial, and always meant to provide an honest assessment of the issues under scrutiny.