Snow and ice often may cause serious injuries due to falls or accidents. When litigating a case involving weather factors, it can be helpful to include testimony from a snow removal consulting expert to shed light on the data. But what makes someone an expert in snow removal? There are many factors including knowledge, training, and experience. The more expertise a witness has in his or her field the better. There are credentials to look for when choosing a snow removal expert witness.
CSP – Certified Snow Professional
The CSP certification recognizes someone as a professional in the field and meets industry professionalism and excellence standards. A CSP is reliable, accountable, and resourceful. This is an elite group to which only a small percentage of snow professionals belong.
SIMA – Snow & Ice Management Association
This national trade association represents more than 1300 members across the country. SIMA provides training, certification, and advocacy for snow removal professionals.
ASCA – Accredited Snow Contractors Association
ASCA is a national group for snow contractors in the United States. It helps to set standards, and advance the needs of snow removal professionals. It offers events and resources for those working in the high-risk service industry.
These national accreditation’s along with local affiliations are good signs a snow professional is knowledgeable, skilled and trained to assess snow and ice removal issues.