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When providing litigation support to my clients, I call upon my extensive experience in building inspections, my technical knowledge, and my observational and communication skills to render objective and accurate evaluations.  My areas of service focus on premises liability, building safety, slip, trip, and fall matters, floor slip-resistance testing, accessibility on paths of egress, and conformance to building codes and consensus standards.

I use the knowledge gained when earning code-certified inspector credentials in multiple categories with the International Code Council (ICC), to evaluate the design, construction and maintenance of stairs, handrails, walkways, ramps, decks, and paths of egress from a building.  My training at the National Floor Safety Institute prepared me to evaluate slip hazards and test the coefficient of friction of walking surfaces.  Peer reviewed scientific studies, consensus standards, and historical publications are referenced to ensure that my opinions, reports, and advice advance from industry recognized and defensible positions.

As a professional property inspector operating a practice since 2002, I observed and reported on the condition of more than 2,700 commercial, institutional and residential buildings.  I draw on that large bank of experience to establish a standard of comparison I can bring to my clients’ cases as a consulting and testifying expert.

Attorneys representing plaintiffs and those representing defendants have retained my services.  In the course of providing consulting services I have performed site inspections, provided consultations, written reports, analyzed opposing expert witness reports, performed floor slip resistance tests, and testified.  The cases I have worked on involved personal injury or death.  

If your case involves the complexities of safety standards, building codes, or inadequate maintenance, please consider me to augment your legal team.  I can use my skills and knowledge to better inform counsel, the clients, and the trier of fact.

Please feel free to contact me for more information and a copy of my CV.

Blair Pruitt, CFLC, WACH

Areas of Expertise:Expert Witness  slip trip fall Premises Liability Seattle Washington State California Colorado

Stairs, Walkways, Ramps, Decks

Tribometer testing of slippery floors

Accessibility on the paths of egress

Building Code Compliance

Premises Liability

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slip resistance testing

Coefficient of friction measurement




• Provided property condition assessments of commercial buildings for investors, owners, and lessees.  

• Provided building surveys for construction companies prior to, and after major construction and infrastructure projects.  Responsibilities include evaluating and documenting structural conditions of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings, and municipal infrastructure that could be influenced by nearby construction projects.  

Case Summary:  While walking along a pedestrian pathway in an airport parking structure, the plaintiff tripped over an elevation change in the walking surface.  He fell forward onto the concrete surface and received serious head and facial injuries.  I reported on issues such as the excessive height of the raised, abrupt edge of the elevation change and that the property owner did not mark it as a safety hazard until after the fall.   At my site inspection I gathered photographic evidence that countered the defendant's claim that the area of the fall was not intended to be a walking path.  My opinions advanced from consulting and citing numerous, nationally recognized safety standards.  The case settled with a substantial payment to the injured party.

• Provides litigation support as a consulting and testifying expert.  Areas of specialty include assessment of the design, construction, and condition of stairs, walkways, ramps, decks, lighting, and other building components.  Retaining counsel for both defendants and plaintiffs have requested consultation in personal injury cases involving slips and falls, and premises liability issues.

• Provides floor slip resistance testing and coefficient of friction measurements.