Lanny Berke

Articles by Lanny Berke
Berke on Safety: Why a Window Screen is Not a Safety Device 1
Every year in the United States nearly 5,000 toddlers fall out of windows, resulting in casualties up to and including spinal injury, paralysis, and death. About 20 children die annually from this type of fall.
Berke on Safety: It Happened. Now Investigate the Accident.
It’s 3:15 on a Thursday afternoon. You’re answering one last e-mail before heading out for your tee time.
Berke on Safety: No Accidents? Doesn’t Mean You’re Safe
The old safety wisdom has been, “If no one is seriously hurt, the workplace must be safe.”
Berke on Safety: How to Mistreat a Hair Dryer 1
“You could drop it into water.” “You could drop it on the floor and crack the plastic housing.”
Berke on Safety: The Case of the Flaming Hair Dryer
Hair-dryer users have reported fire shooting out of the handle or the snout end of their hair dryers.
Berke on Safety: Nonflammable Tape Burns for Lack of a Hazard Analysis
In response to market demand, a tape manufacturer modified its most popular electrical tape to make it fire retardant.
Berke On Safety: The Forgotten Part Of Design
I work with an ergonomics expert who has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and 20-years experience in human factors.
Berke on safety: The I-35 Bridge: The truth is out there
There are many theories, but most lead to the question: “Who was watching the store during repairs?” In past columns, I often refer to hazard analysis, a technique for proactively avoiding product failures and unsafe conditions.
Sloppy design leads to choking death
Infant twins were crawling around the house at their mother's feet when, suddenly, one twin began choking.
Stretching the truth can cost a million
A maker of silo loaders/ unloaders wound up in court when its promotional materials misled customers, causing them to suffer huge business losses.
More on knife safety
I must comment on your 11/02/06 column on knife safety.
Switch faults, worker crushed
I'd be interested in your thoughts on the design of controls that fail in such a way as to not cause or increase a hazard.
People do fall down perfectly safe stairways
I read your monthly column in MACHINE DESIGN on the warehouse power door.
When accidents are unusual but foreseeable
Before a manufacturer can be held responsible for an accident, there must be proof the occurrence was reasonably foreseeable.
Safety in the lab
I'm a research engineer in Seoul, Korea.
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