Slip and Fall Expert Witness
J. GEORGE SOTTER, P.E., Ph.D.
Engineering Consultant and Expert Witness — Slip, Trip and Fall
SOTTER ENGINEERING CORPORATION
26705 Loma Verde
Mission Viejo, CA 92691-6055
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Academic Background: Ph.D., University of Sheffield, England
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
Recent Experience: Consultant/expert witness in slip/trip and fall litigation; experience in locations ranging from Japan and Guam to Bermuda. Project Manager and Principal Investigator of OSHA-driven one-man-year project to minimize slipping incidents on construction-site steel products. Laboratory and field testing of pedestrian surfaces for slip resistance. Consultant to Carnival Cruise Lines in slip reduction
Professional Affiliations: Member of eight national organizations, in two nations, relevant to slip resistance affiliations of pedestrian surfaces. Chairman, Ceramic Tile Institute of America’s Slip Resistance Committee
Member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Publications: Book, STOP Slip and Fall Accidents! 203 pp., Sotter Engineering Corporation, 2000, www.amazon.com, ISBN 0-9676030-0-5
“How to Buy Flooring Having Sustainable Slip Resistance,” The National Hotel Motel
Engineer Association magazine, Winter 2011
“How to Buy Flooring Having Sustainable Slip Resistance,” U.S. Government’s Center
for Disease Control, NIOSH International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection
2010 in Morgantown, WV on May19, 2010.
“Resonant Combustion in Rockets,” Scientific American, December 1968
Author of over 35 papers, articles and other publications in technical trade magazines, international symposia, and archive journals. Includes several addressing pedestrian falling accidents
Registrations, Certifications: Licensed as a Professional Engineer (Chemical) by State of California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (current, since 1971), and (on as-needed basis) five other states.
One of two United States slip and fall consultants recommended by A.M. Best in 2018 Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters, p.140.
Experience: More than 50 years in consulting and engineering. Slip-and-fall forensic consulting for both plaintiff and defense, in roughly equal proportions.
John C. Sotter
Senior Technician John Sotter is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego in Urban Planning. His studies there included work in floor friction and in chemistry. He has 17 years of experience in responsible safety work for the City of San Clemente, California. He has trained in floor slip resistance testing in the U.S. and the U.K. (including pendulum and Tortus manufacturing facilities as well as chemical floor treatment projects) and does most of Sotter Engineering’s floor slip resistance testing work, both in our laboratory and from Hawaii to New Hampshire, British Columbia to Mexico, New York to Florida, and everywhere in between.
John’s 12 years of extensive experience with floor slip resistance testing using the BOT-3000E, British Pendulum DCOF Tester, Tortus digital tribometer, SlipAlert, and ASTM C1028 static friction, is unmatched in the United States. He has worked in floor friction testing and treatment in the USA, Canada, Mexico and on the high seas. His background includes many miles barefoot on wet surfaces: years of competitive swimming, international sailing, water polo (a high school All-American), and surf lifeguarding. John has traveled extensively in 24 nations. He is also a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
PUBLICATION: “The New Slip Resistance Requirements in IBC,” July 2016, pg. 72.