Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Steve Hunt

Steve Hunt

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J. Steven Hunt

CPCU, ARM, CXLT Phone: 803.732.6600 vCard LinkedIn Download CV

Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Construction Falls & Incidents
  • Premises Liability - Pedestrian Falls
  • Safety and Risk Management
Biography

Steve Hunt is President and Senior Safety Consultant of The Warren Group. He has a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management with a Minor in Occupational Safety and Health from Clemson University. He has also earned designations as an Associate Risk Management and Chartered Property and Liability Underwriter from Insurance Institute of America, Chicago, IL.  Prior to entering the forensic field in 2000, Steve worked 23 years in the insurance industry as a safety and loss prevention consultant where he took numerous training courses in the field of safety and loss prevention.

Steve Hunt leverages his extensive expertise, training and education to investigate premises liability incidents, construction falls and safety management programs. As an expert witness, he has been court qualified as an expert in safety, fall safety, codes and standards and incident investigation.

Steve has personally investigated more than 1,000 accidents in his more than 39 year career, including 36 cases that involved fatalities. At Commercial Union Insurance Company, he serviced a wide range of clients. While at Sedgwick James, a leading insurance services firm, he managed a group of safety consultants in the providing of safety and loss prevention services to major clients and businesses in the United States. In this role, he served as a risk management and safety consultant for local governmental associations in four states over a 17 year period and was the chief safety consultant to the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association for 14 years. As a safety and risk management consultant, Steve conducted comprehensive audits of client loss prevention programs, made detailed inspections of premises, investigated incidents and losses, wrote technical reports of finding that included recommendations for improvement and loss minimization.

Steve has authored and developed a number of safety programs for private and public sector clients as well as conducted many safety training programs for clients. Steve has been a member of both the American Society of Safety Engineers since 1979 and Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters’ since 1989.

Qualifications
B.S. in Administrative Management
Minor in Occupational Safety and Health
Associate in Risk Management
Safety Consultant - 39 Years
Certified XL Tribometrist
Professional Member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Publications
Pedestrian Falls

Pedestrian falls are a frequent and often serious type of incident occurring in the USA today. Codes and standards addressing safe walking surfaces and prevention of fall types are evolving and helpful in determining a cause or causes.

Recent Posts
A close-up view of the steel column.

Timber – Falling Beam Strikes Worker

As an experienced safety consultant, I have investigated many serious injuries and deaths at construction sites over the past 39 years. The United States Department of Labor reports that the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is highest of all industries in the nation. Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar […]

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Painting of Handicap Ramps

As an experienced safety consultant, I’m called on to investigate a wide range of premises liability incidents. One common premises liability incident that often results in serious injury is a fall on a handicap ramp. There are at least four types of handicap ramps – flare side, parallel, returned curb and built-up. Handicap ramps were […]

Warren engineers,   John Holecek and Aron Olson working with new fall protection equipment.

Not Falling for Your Job?

Periodically, Warren Engineers and Consultants are asked to perform inspections that require work at raised elevations. Typical jobs and tasks include climbing on commercial and residential roofs with steep pitches, working on scaffolding, climbing from one level to the next at a fire or industrial loss scene, riding in the buckets of lift equipment, and […]

flooded-home-cookin

Flooded: South Carolina businesses begin road to recovery

The recent record rain fall in South Carolina is estimated to have caused over a billion dollars of damage to homes, business and infrastructure. Damage assessments of structures, machinery and equipment are underway. While much is damaged beyond repair, a lot can be salvaged with proper timely attention.

Who Else Owns This Construction Loss Course

When a worker is badly injured on a construction site, adjusters or investigators are often hired to determine pursuit or defense of a subrogation case.  This slideshow gives an overview of several real-world investigations and helps viewers understand some of the issues involved in construction related subrogatable incidents.

attic-stair-opening

Where did that hole come from? Part I

As an experienced safety consultant, I have investigated many incidents in my career in which a worker “falls through an opening.”  The majority of these incidents have occurred at construction sites and most of the ones I investigated resulted in a serious injury or death.

A view of two workers inside a recirculation paint spray booth, clothed in personal protective equipment as required by OSHA Standards.

The Down and Dirty on Paint Spray Booths Recirculation Systems

Back when I first started in the safety field in the 70’s it was not uncommon to see spray painting operations where there was no exhaust system and in others paint vapors were exhausted straight into the environment. Needless to say this was not good for our environment and also wasted a lot of paint.

Steve Hunt is President and Senior Safety Consultant of The Warren Group. He has a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management with a Minor in Occupational Safety and Health from Clemson University. He has also earned designations as an Associate Risk Management and Chartered Property and Liability Underwriter from Insurance Institute of America, Chicago, IL.  Prior to entering the forensic field in 2000, Steve worked 23 years in the insurance industry as a safety and loss prevention consultant where he took numerous training courses in the field of safety and loss prevention.

Steve Hunt leverages his extensive expertise, training and education to investigate premises liability incidents, construction falls and safety management programs. As an expert witness, he has been court qualified as an expert in safety, fall safety, codes and standards and incident investigation.

Steve has personally investigated more than 1,000 accidents in his more than 39 year career, including 36 cases that involved fatalities. At Commercial Union Insurance Company, he serviced a wide range of clients. While at Sedgwick James, a leading insurance services firm, he managed a group of safety consultants in the providing of safety and loss prevention services to major clients and businesses in the United States. In this role, he served as a risk management and safety consultant for local governmental associations in four states over a 17 year period and was the chief safety consultant to the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association for 14 years. As a safety and risk management consultant, Steve conducted comprehensive audits of client loss prevention programs, made detailed inspections of premises, investigated incidents and losses, wrote technical reports of finding that included recommendations for improvement and loss minimization.

Steve has authored and developed a number of safety programs for private and public sector clients as well as conducted many safety training programs for clients. Steve has been a member of both the American Society of Safety Engineers since 1979 and Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters’ since 1989.

B.S. in Administrative Management
Minor in Occupational Safety and Health
Associate in Risk Management
Safety Consultant - 39 Years
Certified XL Tribometrist
Professional Member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Pedestrian Falls

Pedestrian falls are a frequent and often serious type of incident occurring in the USA today. Codes and standards addressing safe walking surfaces and prevention of fall types are evolving and helpful in determining a cause or causes.

A close-up view of the steel column.

Timber – Falling Beam Strikes Worker

As an experienced safety consultant, I have investigated many serious injuries and deaths at construction sites over the past 39 years. The United States Department of Labor reports that the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is highest of all industries in the nation. Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar […]

2nd-figure

Painting of Handicap Ramps

As an experienced safety consultant, I’m called on to investigate a wide range of premises liability incidents. One common premises liability incident that often results in serious injury is a fall on a handicap ramp. There are at least four types of handicap ramps – flare side, parallel, returned curb and built-up. Handicap ramps were […]

Warren engineers,   John Holecek and Aron Olson working with new fall protection equipment.

Not Falling for Your Job?

Periodically, Warren Engineers and Consultants are asked to perform inspections that require work at raised elevations. Typical jobs and tasks include climbing on commercial and residential roofs with steep pitches, working on scaffolding, climbing from one level to the next at a fire or industrial loss scene, riding in the buckets of lift equipment, and […]

flooded-home-cookin

Flooded: South Carolina businesses begin road to recovery

The recent record rain fall in South Carolina is estimated to have caused over a billion dollars of damage to homes, business and infrastructure. Damage assessments of structures, machinery and equipment are underway. While much is damaged beyond repair, a lot can be salvaged with proper timely attention.

Who Else Owns This Construction Loss Course

When a worker is badly injured on a construction site, adjusters or investigators are often hired to determine pursuit or defense of a subrogation case.  This slideshow gives an overview of several real-world investigations and helps viewers understand some of the issues involved in construction related subrogatable incidents.

attic-stair-opening

Where did that hole come from? Part I

As an experienced safety consultant, I have investigated many incidents in my career in which a worker “falls through an opening.”  The majority of these incidents have occurred at construction sites and most of the ones I investigated resulted in a serious injury or death.

A view of two workers inside a recirculation paint spray booth, clothed in personal protective equipment as required by OSHA Standards.

The Down and Dirty on Paint Spray Booths Recirculation Systems

Back when I first started in the safety field in the 70’s it was not uncommon to see spray painting operations where there was no exhaust system and in others paint vapors were exhausted straight into the environment. Needless to say this was not good for our environment and also wasted a lot of paint.

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