18 April 2022
Rimkus Forensic Services Update
Rimkus is a worldwide leader in engineering and technical consulting. We are dedicated to the timely resolution of accidents, claims, and legal disputes. Operating from more than 100 offices around the globe, we provide services to corporations, insurance companies, law firms, and government agencies.
Our team’s legacy of innovation traces back to 1983; our focus is on the future and finding solutions to clients’ biggest challenges. We began in the forensics business, offering our clients an array of technical specialists, scientists, and engineers. Today, we continue with this forward-thinking approach as we broaden our capabilities by adding new experts and companies to our collaborative team.
Human Factors is the study of how the capabilities and limitations of people shape the ways in which they interact with and use products, equipment, and systems in their environments. It is an essential assessment and evaluation tool in a wide range of complex accidents involving commercial trucking, automobiles, railroads, aviation, utilities, construction, mining, oil and gas, chemical process, manufacturing, medical devices, consumer and commercial products, and premises liability issues.
Farheen S. Khan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Human Factors Practice
Dr. Farheen Khan is Vice President of the Human Factors Practice at Rimkus. Dr. Khan provides litigation and proactive consulting services to clients both nationally and internationally in the fields of human factors as well as product and occupational safety. She has extensive experience in the evaluation of accidents related to human decision-making, performance, human error, and risk-taking behavior. She has conducted numerous incident evaluations for issues related to product design; product use/misuse/abuse; compliance with relevant standards and regulations (OSHA/MSHA, ANSI/ISO, MSDS, CPSC, DOT, FHSA, MUTCD, NHTSA, FRA, FDA); warning adequacy, comprehension, and compliance; and railroad grade crossing incidents; as well as construction site, industrial, and occupational safety. She has designed and evaluated warning labels, safety instructions, operator manuals, signage, and safety program documentation for major manufacturers and organizations across a wide range of industries. She participates as a contributor on the development of several national and international safety standards. Dr. Khan holds doctoral and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Environmental contamination, releases, and chemical exposures impacting the environment and people’s health have unfortunately become quite prevalent. Rimkus engineers, geologists, industrial hygienists, toxicologists, and other environmental professionals are called upon to assess the extent of the environmental impacts, health risks, and associated costs to remediate damages and determine exposures.
Kieran J. Purcell, P.E., LEED® AP
Director, Environmental Practice
Kieran Purcell is Director of the Rimkus Environmental Practice and a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. His more than 25 years at Rimkus include conducting sampling investigations, performing indoor air assessments and environmental site assessments, and delivering long-term remedial cost projections, as well as providing expert testimony in support on highly complex environmental matters. Mr. Purcell routinely is requested to determine the timing, cause, and origin of contaminated properties concerning process knowledge, chemical forensics, and hydrogeologic evaluations. In addition to overseeing the Environmental Practice, he provides internal training, business development, and is a requested speaker at various environmental gatherings.