AEM to Conduct Product Safety, Liability Seminars

Wed March 08, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will conduct its annual product safety seminar April 3 to 5, 2006 at the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. The AEM seminar provides an industry-wide forum for off-road equipment manufacturing professionals to discuss product safety issues involved in the design, manufacture and use of their products.

With the theme of “Product Safety from Start to Finish,” the AEM seminar will help companies “think safety” throughout the manufacturing process. The seminar features three program tracks: one discusses product safety fundamentals for those new to the field, one examines design issues and one addresses standards and documentation.

General sessions for all attendees focus on risk management from the insurer’s perspective and multicultural communications to enhance safety (a continuation of a segment from last year’s event). A concluding presentation will be a safety audit using actual equipment to illustrate points discussed in earlier breakout sessions.

AEM’s annual product safety seminar is open to full-time employees of equipment manufacturers and their designated outside service professionals. The seminars target company management, product safety and risk managers, design engineers, technical writers, and company training, service and marketing communications staff involved in product support.

Association product safety seminars are geared to beginning as well as experienced industry professionals and are especially beneficial to small and medium-sized manufacturers with more limited internal resources.

A one-day AEM product liability seminar featuring a mock trial will immediately follow the product safety seminar on April 6, also at the Marriott Riverwalk.

The mock trial will be presented by experienced trial attorneys and is based on a recently conducted product liability jury trial. Issues to be addressed include operator training, operator visibility, owner modification of the machine and manufacturer-offered standard versus optional safety equipment.

The program is designed to help attendees become familiar with various aspects of the civil trial process in addition to discussion of product safety issues. Attendees will be active participants throughout the session, with AEM using its interactive audience response system.

The seminar is open to off-road equipment manufacturer personnel and company-designated service providers. The seminar will be of particular interest to manufacturers without a dedicated claims staff as well as to product safety professionals who are, or may become, involved in litigation.

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