Michael Van Bree is Director of Product Safety & Engineering at Louisville Ladder, Inc. He was previously a Senior Consultant at Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi), an engineering and scientific investigation and analysis firm.

He has years of mechanical engineering experience in a variety of industries and with a broad scope of products. His expertise includes climbing equipment and support structures. He specializes in product design, manufacture, warnings, testing, safety analysis, incident investigation, failure analysis and human interaction with climbing products. He has developed and designed product warnings and instruction manuals and tested products for compliance with ANSI and OSHA standards. He is a hands-on engineer with program management experience in research, development, production, and marketing of mass-merchandised products.

Mr. Van Bree has performed hundreds of incident investigations, including product and site inspections, human factors and ergonomics evaluations, mechanical and failure analyses, product testing and accident reconstruction. He has provided expert consulting in matters pending in state and federal jurisdictions across the country regarding product design, product safety, root cause analysis, accident reconstruction, and product recalls.