My first career as an engineer in the Royal Air Force focused on ground-based sensor systems, principally long range air defence radars, and command, control and communication systems. I had a particular interest, including research interest, in high frequency over the horizon radar, especially systems using surface wave propagation.
Following that, my 21 years working in the UK's Health and Safety Executive as a Principal Specialist Inspector led to me inspecting electrical systems and machinery, and investigating very many accidents on them, in all industrial and commercial sectors. This included investigating over 80 fatal accidents and appearing in court on many occasions as an expert witness. Based on that experience, I have lectured on engineering safety, delivered many training courses, and drafted or contributed to British and European Standards and a considerable amount of published guidance on the topic.
I now work part time as a self-employed consultant on electrical safety.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My areas of expertise are, firstly, the safety of electrical power systems and the safeguarding of machinery, with regard to both the engineering and the safe working practice elements that are essential components of system safety; and, secondly, compliance of systems and working practices with health and safety legislation. This necessarily embraces safety management practices in workplaces with electrical and machinery hazards.