The Best In Fall Expertise

Every year, there are millions of workplace injuries around the world. More specifically, around 85% of those injuries are caused by slips, trips, or falls from elevation and same-level falls. While OSHA explains that falls are the most common cause of deaths within the construction industry, they similarly explain that the majority of these trips and falls are preventable. In fact, these fall injuries can almost always be attributed to owner negligence and a general failure to equip the workplace with the proper safety measures.

Ensuring the safety of your workplace or job site as a business owner should always be the top priority, yet there are consistently underlying hazards and instances of safety negligence nationwide. If you’re the owner of a commercial job site or plant, it’s nearly impossible to stay aware of every single hazard without years of formal training. That’s why our experts can work to defend against negligence claims on your behalf! On the opposite side, if you experienced a fall, trip, or slip at your workplace and feel that your organization is liable, our expert litigation support company can provide comprehensive solutions for your case.

Ellis Litigation Support is the most experienced team of fall safety experts in America. We provide litigation support for essentially all workplace falls from height, including slips, trips and falls litigation, OSHA litigation, construction litigation, litigation for falls from vehicles or aerial lifts, equipment defects, and far more! We provide plaintiff or defendant claims based on Federal Law, State Law, and even New York Labor Law.

Our experienced team has extensive knowledge of all aspects of fall safety litigation support. The Ellis Fall Safety Team has visited hundreds of construction and plant sites. As an organization that specializes in fall safety engineering and fall protection consultation, we are the industry experts in identifying areas in which regulations or codes were unmet and workplace safety procedures were incompetent. Our experience ranges from the following areas and far beyond: Negligence, Premises Liability, Product Liability, OSHA Regulations in construction and general industry, Maritime Law, Transportation, and Railroad Regulations.

In Dr. Ellis’ latest edition of his seminal text, Introduction to Fall Protection 5th, he focuses on all types of liabilities and negligent areas of the workplace, oftentimes in places where the worker or supervisor wouldn’t even realize until it’s too late. For example, many workers have fallen to their death or have sustained a serious injury from breaking through commercial skylights. Skylights often can pass commercial inspections because they may seem sturdy in holding weight from snow or ice, but they simply cannot hold the weight of the average worker. When it comes to your litigation case, partnering with a group that has the right knowledge of every fall safety detail could be the difference between winning and losing the case. Not only do we provide litigation support for injured parties, but also for organizations facing legal action.

Ellis Fall Litigation offer’s several CVs of multiple experts in the field of falling injury and even death incidents. When you partner with us, we will pair you with an expert who is most suitable for your unique fall case and has the necessary knowledge to support your case thoroughly. If it includes a fall, Ellis Litigation Support can cover it all!

Attorneys, please feel free to contact Anna Pancoast for litigation needs. 
Phone: 302-571-8470
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Ellis Litigation Support (ELS) – Provides expert witness and litigation support for both organizations and injured parties:

When a fall occurs which produces injury or death, an action usually ensues. ELS can assist you in your preparation and presentation of your case fall, even if litigation hasn’t been initiated yet.

For instance, in work situations, OSHA’s responsibility is to inspect and issue citations if violations are found and that could produce serious injury or death – before an incident occurs. An OSHA related action often occurs in front of an administrative law judge. ELS team members have the expertise to apply OSHA standards, including consideration for current OSHA policy, assess the violation allegations and determine what action, if any, is warranted. Other types of actions can arise requiring the application of OSHA and other standards of care or even where no standards or codes are apparent.

It is important to know that most safety hazards can be analyzed using knowledge of human factors engineering. ELS has the experience and knowledge to provide valid expert assistance in these cases as well as standards in fall litigation.

J. Nigel Ellis
J. Nigel Ellis, Ph.D, P.E., CSP, CPE

In third party or product defect cases, the history of neglect by the defendant is often exposed, and the allegations of the negligent action of the injured party that may have contributed to his/her injurious incident often fades in the court scene throughout the United States today. Some states have unique laws such as employer liability – as in New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, and New Mexico. Our team of experts can provide critical testimony drawing on their top-notch educations, years of work in the field, participation in establishing industry standards, and courtroom experience.

There is no time to waste in dealing with fall exposures. The ELS team of expert professionals is available to assess the situation, interpret and apply the relevant standards and their use as a body of knowledge, if necessary prepare a report or affidavit and, if required, provide testimony anywhere in the United States.

For example, ELS founder Dr. J. Nigel Ellis has been involved with tort cases for over 25+ years and has provided expert services in hundreds of cases involving very serious injury and death resulting from falls, most from elevation, including stairs, trips, and same-level falls as well.

With a 40 year command of the field, including visits to hundreds of plant and construction sites, the manufacture of components of fall arrest systems, plus election to the Fellow Honor award in 2010 as a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, and certifications as a Safety Professional, Professional Ergonomist and Registered Professional Safety Engineer (CA & MA) add to the insights demonstrated in his best–selling textbook “Introduction to Fall Protection” editions published by ASSE in 1988, 1994, 2001 and 2012. Dr. Ellis and the ELS team’s recognition for the Distinguished Service to Safety Award by the National Safety Council in 2007 shows our acceptance in the safety industry. He was awarded the ASSE Fellow Honors Award #109 in 2010 and also, awarded the Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal for standards excellence 2011 American Society of Safety Professionals. In 2018 he was awarded the NSC Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fall hazards occur in general industry and construction, mining and long shoring, maritime and forestry, the military, and public areas. This is why you need ELS to wrap the enormously broad spectrum of our experience around your situation for developing your position.

If needed, and because of memberships in such organizations as NAFE (National Academy of Forensic Engineers), NSC (National Safety Council), ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), HFES (Human Factors Engineering Society), ELS can focus research and quickly assemble leading experts to coordinate special fields of inquiry.

Examples of industries we specialize in regarding safety are scaffold fall protection systems, equipment maintenance, painting, building roofs, structural collapse, wood products, stairs, premises, platforms, product engineering design, product failure, biomechanics, kinetics, material handling, elevators, tree surgery, marine technology, trucking, trauma, explosions, electrical, environmental and more. Incidents we have multiple case experience with include: scaffolding, excavations, confined spaces, falls from equipment/machinery, ironworker falls, HVAC maintenance, falls from cranes, trucks, and flatbeds, bridges, welding workstations, and construction aerial lifts, floor holes, ladders, skylights, sewer falls, pedestrian and commercial falls. Not only do individuals fall but also so do materials, thus falling loads and objects protection is necessary, in addition to worker fall protection. Beyond employment, there is tree stand exposure for hunters and volunteer work involving ladders & scaffolds.

As a former owner of a leading fall protection equipment manufacturer and member of several national standards committees including ANSI Z359 and A10. He is currently co-chair of the ASTM Skylight Human Impact Committee, past chair of an ANSI Z359 fall equipment committee; Dr. Ellis also has a background in product design and safety of devices and systems, and the quality of their anchorages in field applications.

Call now for a brief interview with one of our team of professionals. We will react promptly to assess your needs and, if appropriate, supply Dr. Ellis’s literature, Resume, CV, References, and Testimonials which are also available on this website. Also please check out the About Ellis Litigation Support Page. Call 302 571 8470 or Email


    1. Commercial
    2. Industry
    3. Equipment
    4. Construction
    5. Ladders
Hiring Nigel Ellis is like hiring a team of experts – allowing you to manage your time and resources more efficiently.