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Fred C. Gillett, Safety Expert

Fees                    Trial/Arbitration Experience            Professional History

Thank you for considering to retain Fred Gillett to work with you on your case.  Fred Gillett will be the person performing all tasks associated with this assignment and all testimony if and as required.  Other staff or specialists may perform some work under Fred's supervision during the assignment.

The responsibility of a safety expert witness is to provide undeniable and believable information regarding the existence or nonexistence of a condition, which causes liability.  The expert is to provide a professional opinion, speaking the truth as it is realized.

Fred Gillett, Executive Vice President and Management Consultant, specializes in risk control, personal injury liability and occupational health, safety and workers' compensation. Mr. Gillett has over 35 years of experience in these fields and has been retained by Corporations and California attorney firms to assist them as a consultant and Expert Witness.

Mr. Gillett has worked in and consulted for a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, food processing, commercial laundries, healthcare, hospitality, school districts, and service industries such as restaurants and retail. He can consult with your legal team and testify to the facts regarding the safety considerations in the proper care and custody of equipment, facilities or product, as well as, occupational health, safety and workers' compensation insurance issues.

Mr. Gillett is regarded as one of the most experienced generalists in the fields of general liability safety issues, occupational safety and workers' compensation insurance in the state and has been qualified for and has testified as an expert witness. He has the ability to dissect problems and find solutions, while cutting through the proverbial slush in the middle. Fred works well with attorneys; assisting them in the complexities of generally accepted safety standards. His appearance, stature and demeanor have been considered a plus for jury trials.

Trial and arbitration experience includes issues of portable and fixed ladders, stairs, stairways, slip and falls, hazardous materials /chemical warning/ labeling/ training issues, machine guarding, general safety management and general liability issues in property management.

Professional History


Co-Founder, Principle Risk Control Consultant and Expert Witness

1985 to present

Performs safety surveys, underwriting risk analysis, statistical loss profiling and analysis, supervises/performs incident investigation and reconstruction, prepares operational safety policies and procedures for both satellite and corporate locations, monitors safety activities through periodic safety surveys, provides management and legal counsel consultation on issues related to safety or workers' compensation. In addition, he provides various customized management and employee training programs.

Waite Hill Services, Inc., Insurance Services subsidiary of Figgie International

Manager, Western Region  (1981 to 1985)

Responsible for establishing and managing operations providing field underwriting analysis, loss control and claims adjusting/management services. Provided underwriting analysis for insurance providers, underwriters and brokers throughout the western United States. Developed underwriting packages, including risk profiles, for property, liability and workers' compensation insurance packages. Provided consultation to clients and insured on risk control procedures for identified issues of liability.   Oversaw risk management of 22 locations of Figgie International companies as well as ten million dollars of insurance premium accounts throughout the western states.

Interstate Electronics Corporation, Anaheim California

Risk Management  (1979 to 1981)

Provided the Risk Control activities for support of Corporate aerospace, Navy contract, and EPA contract missions. Managed the overall occupational safety, workers’ compensation insurance and medical programs. Inspected international facilities, investigated serious injuries, oversaw the Corporate Medical program.

Rockwell International, Collins Radio Division, Micro Electronic Devices Division and Electronic Devices Division, Newport Beach CA

Supervisor, Safety, Workers’ Compensation, Industrial Hygiene and Medical Departments  (1976 to 1979)

Provided the Risk Control activities for support of Corporate missions. Supervised the administration of the workers’ compensation benefits program under the California Self-Insured Plan. Established policies, procedures, and training protocols for research and production lab employees working with hazardous materials. Inspected facilities, investigated serious injuries, oversaw the Divisions medical program.

Leatherby Insurance Company, Fullerton CA

High Risk, Loss Control Consultant

(1975 to 1976);

Responsible for the consulting support to 25 client accounts that were considered high risk as determined by the nature of their business. Accounts included construction contractors, roofing companies, foundry/casting operations, meat packing industry and restaurant groups. Provided premises and operations risk management consulting, training support and injury investigation/reconstruction and cause factor analysis.

Industrial Health and Safety Associates, a wholly owned dba, Santa Ana, CA

Owner, Consultant  (1974 to 1975)

Provided consultation, inspection, training and loss investigation services to cattle feed lots, meat packing plants. Developed and marketed fire safety training programs. Assisted manufacturers in design of safety equipment.

Thompson Safety Company, Los Angeles, CA

Safety Consultant  (1972 to 1974)

Provided consultation to clients with high risk, unique problems that required special application of safety equipment. Assisted manufacturers in design of customized equipment to meet needs of clients. Provided consultative support to safety equipment sales personnel.

National Cash Register Company, Data Processing Division, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA  (1969 – 1972)

Division Safety Manager

Oversaw the construction of this million square foot computer manufacturing and warehousing operations in Rancho Bernardo. Responsible for the development and administration of the Data Processing Divisions occupational health, safety and workers’ compensation programs.

United States Air Force

Traffic Safety (61 to 64) Ground Safety Specialist (64 to 69)

While in the United States Air Force, Mr. Gillett (Airman then) was trained in the specialty of a Vehicle (60350A) and Ground Safety Specialist (24150). He completed both OJT and Tech School training in ground and traffic safety. He served for 8 years, at five permanent assignment locations. Was Honorably Discharged in 1969 after serving his final tour of duty in VietNam as the construction safety engineer for the Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency (485th GEEIA). As Safety NCO for GEEIA he was responsible for the safety oversight of operations requiring the installation of communications equipment throughout South VietNam. While on assignment at Norton Air Force Base from 1965 to 1968 he was assigned to the 63rd Military Airlift Wing Safety Office as Ground Safety Technician and Flight Line safety support operations. From 1964 to 1965 he served as base traffic safety NCO in the Aleutian Islands. From 1961 to 1964 he served at McChord AFB in Tacoma Washington as a motor vehicle operator and traffic safety instructor.

Mr. Gillett holds Professional Member status with the American Society of Safety Engineers (33 year member), is a Certified Self-Insured Administrator in California, has held license as a Casualty Insurance Agent in California and is certificated with California teaching credentials for instruction in the specialty of safety and workers' compensation. He achieved his teacher credentials through UCLA.

He has been an instructor, guest instructor and lecturer on safety for several southern California colleges and universities, including UC Irvine, UC Fullerton, UC Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona, USC, Orange Coast and Fullerton Colleges.

He has sat as an expert witness for numerous depositions, been qualified as an expert witness for trial testimony, has provided testimony in trial and has provided testimony in arbitration.

He has written numerous policies, procedures, articles and training guides on a variety of safety topics. He was the author and editor of a monthly publication, The Source, which communicated issues of current interest regarding safety and workers’ compensation to subscribers. This publication has been distributed since April 1993.


Fees: $165 per hour, portal to portal, and at quarter hour increments. Deposition and trial time is $330 per hour. Travel or other expenses are charged at cost. Travel and waiting time are charged at hourly rate unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.  Mileage is charged at $0.45 per mile.

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