Applied Safety + Ergonomics

Boating + Water Skiing Consultant/Expert Witness :: Applied Safety + Ergonomics

Mr. Brian Grieser analyzes safety and human factors issues in the marine / boating area. He has worked with marine manufacturers, government and trade organizations, and attorneys to tackle a variety of complex problems. Mr. Grieser has authored and co-authored several technical reports for the U.S. Coast Guard addressing recreational boat design, human factors, and safety.


  • Water sports safety consultations
  • On-water computer data collection and analysis
  • Accident investigations
  • Litigation technical support/expert witness

Summary of Experience/Qualifications

  • Projects involving water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, wakesurfing, personal watercraft (PWC) and boat design, human factors, and safety addressing issues such as:
    • Boat operator behavior
    • Tow rope and handle entanglement injuries
    • Towing speed for water skiing / wakeboarding / kneeboarding / tubing / biscuiting
    • Human vibration / acceleration exposures
    • Collisions
    • Propeller safety
    • Bowrider occupant safety
    • Ingress / egress
    • Slip / trip / falls and slip resistance / coefficient of friction testing
    • Carbon monoxide detection
    • Wakeboarding and water ski binding / boot release
    • Boat operator visibility from the helm
    • Handhold design
    • Boarding ladder design
    • Warnings / labeling / instructions / manuals
  • Completed National Boating Accident Investigation and Analysis Course, Level 1 – Comprehensive, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)
  • A primary co-investigator for a U.S. Coast Guard grant for a new PFD (personal flotation device) labeling and classification system
  • Instrumented boats with sensors (e.g., accelerometers and pressure transducers) and collected and analyzed data for a variety of purposes related to boat design, safety, and occupant protection
  • Computer simulation of occupant kinematics in boats
  • Private water ski lakes: designed and supervised construction
  • Founder and former president of University of Michigan Water Ski Team
  • Employed by competition ski boat manufacturer for four years as a summer intern
    • Assisted in all phases of powerboat construction and design
    • Designed and constructed a clear-bottomed test boat used for planing hull design research at the University of Michigan School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
    • Designed a vibration absorption system standard on all boat models
  • Member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports
    • Level 1 Instructor
    • Past state, regional, and national competitor
    • Past Regular Judge
  • Member of ASTM Committee F27 on Snow and Water Sports
  • Associate Member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
  • Member of American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
  • Directed/hosted USA Water Ski sanctioned tournaments
  • Certified SCUBA diver

States and countries where Mr. Grieser has consulted or provided expert witness services include:
Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Jersey • New Hampshire • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Virginia • Washington • Washington D.C. • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming • U.S. Virgin Islands • Australia • Brazil • Canada • Greece • Mexico • United Kingdom

Contact Us

For immediate inquiries or assistance please contact our Ann Arbor, Michigan office at
1.734.994.9400 or

Applied Safety and Ergonomics has been providing valuable analysis, insight, answers, training, data, and problem solving strategies in consultation and expert witness capacities to help clients make informed decisions since 1994.