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Randy D. Horsak, PE
Environmental Forensics Consultant
PO Box 941735
Houston TX 77094
USA
phone: 281-752-6700
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Randy D. Horsak, PE is a scientist and registered Professional Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in all phases of Environmental Science and Engineering including business development, proposal preparation, and project management.

Mr. Horsak has had project and technical management responsibility for more than 500 environmental projects in the United States and more than 30 projects in Mexico, ranging in size from small consulting assignments to large, multi-disciplinary projects, to turnkey engineering-construction projects (ranging from tens of thousands to millions of dollars). He has also provided technical assistance for projects in Taiwan, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Guam, Lebanon, and Africa. He has authored 50 professional publications and lectures.

Environmental Consulting Services Include:
  • Environmental Consultation
  • Site Reconnaissance
  • Site Historical Contamination Assessment
  • Data and Information Compilation and Management
  • Data Validation
  • Multi-Media Sampling and Analysis
  • Studies and Assessments
  • Exposure Assessments
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Economic Analysis and Engineering Cost Estimates
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    Bo Mitchell
    20 Indian Hill Road
    Wilton CT 06897
    USA
    phone: 203-563-9999 or Cell: 203-984-7931
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    911 Consulting specializes in Emergency Preparedness, Training, Drills and Exercises for corporations, campuses and medical facilities. 911 Consulting gives you practical solutions for preventing likely incidents, preparing for emergencies, responding to a crisis and resuming operations. We create a custom emergency plan, train your personnel, and stage drills to make sure you're ready.

    Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired in February 2001 to found 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises for organizations like GE HQ, Hyatt HQ, MasterCard HQ, four colleges and universities plus 25 secondary schools. He serves clients headquartered from Boston to LA working in their facilities from London to San Francisco. Bo has earned 21 certifications in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Safety and Security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally.

    Bo is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Continuity Professional and Certified in Homeland Security.

    Professional Designations: CEM, CPP, CBCP, CHS-V, CSI-ML, HSEEP, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CIPS, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CMC.
    Most organization leaders believe their emergency plans are state-of-the-art. When, in fact, their plans are dangerously flawed.

    More than one in four U.S. residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults - not counting faculty and staff members - are on campuses with written emergency plans.

    8/19/2013 · Crisis Management
    Most campus administrators regard evacuation drills as a straightforward obligation on the school calendar. Activate the alarm; students file out bored; students file back in really bored; end of drill. A no-brainer, right?

    More than one-in-four U.S.residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults-not counting faculty and staff members- are on campuses with written emergency plans.

    7/16/2013 · Crisis Management
    Plan, train and exercise your organization's emergency team on premises before, during and after the hurricane.

    6/25/2013 · Crisis Management
    The alarms are relentless, the lights are flashing, and you're offsite. Will your people respond appropriately to the threat or place themselves in harm's way?

    5/1/2013 · Security
    Since Sandy Hook, I get asked daily about "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT," the new response to an active shooter on a campus or in a workplace.

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    ANNA, Inc
    David Alley
    626 Admiral Drive C537
    Annapolis MD 21401
    USA
    phone: 410-353-4976
    David Alley is a Consulting and Forensic Engineer with over three decades of Design Engineering Experience, Field engineering experience and financial analysis experience for power Generation Projects in Cogeneration, Nuclear, Hydropower, Diesel Engine, Combustion Turbine and Gas Turbine Powered Power Generation Facilities. Mr. Alley is a National Electrical Code NFPA-70 expert and an Hazardous area delineation expert.

    BSEE-Clemson, MBA-Darden

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    Dr. Michael Fagel, PhD, CEM
    837 Hoyden Ct
    Sugar Grove IL 60554
    USA
    phone: 630-234-6611
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    Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM has over 30 years of broad based experience in a variety of fields relating to Threat & Vulnerability Assessment, Consequence Management & Emergency Management. Dr. Fagel has spent nearly four decades in emergency response. He has been in all phases of public safety, law enforcement, emergency management, fire rescue, and emergency medical services. He has served the US Government at FEMA, the Department of Justice, Defense Department, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Fagel also works on Emergency Management and safety missions internationally.

    Dr. Fagel has served as President of Region V, IAEM, as well as Vice-Chair of the Certified Emergency Managers Commission of IAEM. He has been a course developer for DHS as well as an instructor at several universities in their Emergency Management and Homeland Security master’s programs. He currently teaches Industrial Safety and Emergency Medical Services at several college locations and guest lectures at various professional trade conferences throughout the country.

    Dr. Fagel's team at Aurora Safety has taught for organizations that include The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, Louisiana State University, TEEX, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, and many more.

    Consulting Services Include:
    • Food Processing Facility Risk Assessment
    • Emergency Operations Planning
    • Threat and Risk Assessments
    • Homeland Security
    • Safety Emergency response
    • Security Vulnerability
    • Disaster Management
    • Regulatory Support
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    4/24/2014 · Security
    At schools, campuses, sporting events, and retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. We have watched with horror the increasingly more frequent news of violence at establishments we once thought "safe" from wanton violence. One has to just scan the news to see that no place is immune from any type of random act that injures or kills innocent civilians, be it a movie theater, retail mall, sporting event, school, or church. In this column, let's take a look at a few basic elements.

    3/26/2014 · Security
    We often times think of our own facilities, our sites as something no one would want to harm... or would they?

    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    Emergency managers and officials have seen a tremendous increase in the planning responsibilities placed on their shoulders over the last decade. Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges supplies time-tested insights to help communities and organizations become better prepared to cope with natural and manmade disasters and their impacts on the areas they serve.
    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    This book offers preparedness and mitigation recommendations for advanced emergency planning. Because disasters are so unpredictable, advance planning is needed to effectively respond to and mitigate against the potential effects of such events. More than a dozen contributors offer their professional expertise on a wide variety of topics.
    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    This book provides a clear and up-to-date understanding of how an EOC should operate within the guidance of various federal and national programs. It discusses the processes and systems that must be considered in emergency planning and preparedness efforts, and provides time-tested tips for those developing and revising emergency preparedness plans.
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    Dr. Olen Brown, PhD
    Toxicology / Medical Sciences / Environmental Sciences
    527 North Cedar Lake Drive, West
    Columbia MO 65203
    USA
    phone: 573-449-7444
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    Dr. Olen R. Brown, PhD (Microbiology) is a board certified Diplomate in Toxicology and member of the Standards of Knowledge Committee . With broad teaching and research experience, Dr. Brown has dedicated over 35 years to the Life Sciences with a focus on Human Medicine using the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, immunology, epidemiology, biochemistry, physiology, analytical chemistry, toxicology and environmental sciences. Dr. Brown currently is a scientific consultant to corporations and universities.

    Dr. Brown is an invited peer reviewer for federal agencies (NIH, NIEHS, CDC, EPA, Superfund, ATSDR and others) and reviewer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Books and Films. He is also an invited reviewer of submitted papers for various scientific journals including regularly for the American Chemical Society publications and serves as judge of submitted abstracts for the Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

    Dr. Brown is the author of over 150 scientific publications and two books: "The Art and Science of Expert Witnessing," published in 2002 by the Cypress Publishing Group; and "Miracles," published in 2007 by BookSurge Publishing.

    Consulting Experience Includes:
    • Risk assessment from exposure to toxic chemicals and bacteria, viruses, molds (fungi) and the occurrence of acute and chronic toxic, infectious, allergic, and inflammatory diseases
    • Evaluation of the therapeutic and harmful effects of ethical drugs and the effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse
    • Toxicity of solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, ozone, carbon monoxide, nanoparticles, and other air pollutants
    • Safety evaluation of human medical and veterinary medical devices and pharmaceuticals and White Papers
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    2/17/2002 · Expert Witnessing
    Attorneys use experts in two ways. First is the traditional use of an expert as a witness in court. In this role, scientists, business people, or others with technical knowledge are retained by attorneys primarily for their opinions (oral, written, or both), ultimately to be given at deposition and in civil and criminal courts. Second, the expert may be used as a pre-trial consultant or more specifically as an undisclosed consultant

    Olen R. Brown, PhD
    "Miracles" reveals truth from Scripture, science and life. Everything that is or was or is to come is part of God's miracle. Science says that nothing is miraculous- Time and Chance created the universe with no meaning or purpose. God's universe has great meaning extending from the stars to atoms and to you. What we believe about miracles can be a source of great joy or missed joy in our lives. Dr. Brown, a Christian and author of over 100 scientific papers, has coined a new word, synscicretism, to call attention to the doctrine that today elevates science above religion. Science works best for the great "how" questions, but poorly for the great "why" of all things.
    Olen R. Brown, PhD
    This authoritative guide is designed to achieve a synthesis of understanding and effort between case science and case law. It examines all stages of attorney/expert interaction from the initial interview to post-trial evaluation.
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    Michael J. Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS
    6368 North Figarden Drive, Suite 104
    Fresno CA 93722
    USA
    phone: 559-623-2418
    fax: 510-350-9031
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    Central California EHS, LLC is an Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) firm working in partnership with organizations to provide a broad range of technical and business safety and Industrial Hygiene solutions. They help clients to understand what their regulatory obligations are and integrate best industry practices into the organization and daily operations. Central California EHS consults with a variety of clients in all industries including agriculture, construction, and aviation. Their services include:
    • Safety
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Exposure Assessment
    • Cal / OSHA Compliance Assistance
    • Job Safety / Job Hazard Analysis
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health Illness Investigation
  • Environmental Health / Food Safety Audits
  • Training
  • Mold
  • Principal, Michael Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS, a US Army Veteran, has over 16 years of experience in both Industrial Hygiene and Safety Disciplines. His professional credentials include Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Registered Environmental Health Specialist by the State of California Department of Public Health.

    Mr. Puckett spent seven and a half years with the State of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and over eight years with the US Navy, both managing the industrial hygiene program for the Naval Hospital Lemoore Area of Responsibility, encompassing Northern California and Northern Nevada and providing comprehensive industrial hygiene support.

    Mr. Puckett is an Adjunct Faculty member at California State University, Fresno. He currently teaches a course in Environmental Health that covers topics from water and air pollution, occupational health and safety, infectious disease, and solid waste.

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    Dr. Kenneth H. Brown
    1889 Maple Ave, Suite N-3
    Evanston IL 60201
    USA
    phone: 847-475-2755
    fax: 847-475-3545
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    National Expert Witness And
    Consulting Service For Attorneys


    KHB CONSULTING SERVICES provides research, consulting and expert witness services to the legal profession for cases involving:
  • Chemicals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Chemical specialty products
  • Household chemical products
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Hazardous materials
  • Labels and warnings
  • Toxic substances
  • Aerosols
  • OSHA
  • Chemical spills
  • Chemical explosions

  • We provide:
  • Translation of technical terminology
  • File review
  • Research
  • Field site visits
  • Laboratory testing/analysis
  • Reports
  • Strategy assistance during discovery
  • Deposition
  • Testimony

  • The primary areas of expertise are:
  • Chemistry
  • Chemicals
  • Industrial Chemicals
  • Household Chemicals
  • Paint and Coatings
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Chemical Specialty Products
  • Solvents
  • Fumes
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Aerosols and Spray Products
  • Labels and Warning
  • Toxic Substances
  • Polymers / Resins / Plastics
  • MSDS Review
  • OSHA
  • Laboratory testing and Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Propellants
  • Chemical Spills
  • Chemical Accidents
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    Robert Crandall
    34 Fuller Avenue
    West Babylon NY 11704
    USA
    phone: 631-321-4153
    Commercial Vehicle Consultants is an organization created to address an industry need for professional Automotive, Commercial, and Heavy Vehicle Services such as training, consulting, and legal expertise encompassing all aspects of compliance with Federal, state and local codes, requirements, laws and recommendations of oversight organization.

    These services have been successfully provided to a broad and diverse group of clients including universities, municipalities, state and city government, and private concerns such as school bus, airport, and truck fleets. The scope of equipment for which these services are offered include all types of cars, small, medium and large busses trucks and trailers, all types of construction and commercial vehicles and all types of add on equipment, systems and attachments.

    Consulting Services Include:
    • Vehicle Inspection
    • Fleet Inspections
    • Municipal Services Audits and Inspections
    • Commercial Fleet Staff Recruiting / Training
  • Vehicle Maintenance Management Training
  • Bus Maintenance Management
  • Commercial Vehicle Export Services
  • Specifications Development
  • Co-founder, Robert Crandall, is an Automotive, Commercial, and Heavy Vehicle specialist wit over 35 years of industry experience. Mr. Crandall's background includes the Operation of a Large Municipal Fleet of 6,500 vehicles and 70 locations. He has experience in fleet maintenance operations, governmental procurement, specification development, R&D, failure analysis, and an extensive background in technical training.

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    Let's say you've been in a crash or perhaps someone close to you has been injured in one. Now do a little research as though you need an attorney. By the way does anyone know any good lawyer? What you'll find is that a number of firms and practicing attorneys include in their advertisement a portion dedicated to Early Response; if not predominantly then at least a minimum. Much is made of the importance of hiring a firm specializing in early response.

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    Dr. William R. Sawyer PhD, D-ABFM, D-ABFE
    29 Fennell Street
    Skaneateles, NY 13152
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    All States
    USA
    phone: 800-308-0080 (toll free) or 315-685-2345
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    Dr. William R. Sawyer is a Professional Toxicologist with a doctorate in toxicology from Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and has over 29 years of extensive experience in Public Health and Forensic Toxicology.

    Forensic Environmental & Laboratory Analyses - Through education and experience, Dr. Sawyer has gained extensive expertise in Forensic Petroleum Analyses, Environmental, and Clinical Forensic Analyses. With over 23-years of laboratory experience and over 14 years experience as a licensed environmental and forensic laboratory director in New York State, he has directed forensic laboratory analyses, sampling protocol and chain-of-custody in criminal and civil matters, and has provided petroleum spill assessments to multiple clients including governmental environmental agencies (NYSDEC), Departments of Justice, various State Attorney General Offices (New York, Montana), defense and plaintiff law firms, and industry. Petroleum spill and exposure assessment reports have provided an objective determination to within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty.

    Dr. Sawyer is a noted author having written numerous publications, abstracts, treatises, and editorials on subjects within his field of expertise. He has also delivered professional presentations on the "Fundamentals of Medical Toxicology" and "Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)" to such entities as The American Board of Forensic Medicine & The American College of Forensic Examiners among others.

    Lisa Myers interviews Dr. Sawyer on NBC Nightly News


    As a Board Certified Toxicologist, Dr. Sawyer provides impartial toxicological evaluations involving:
    • Chemical Exposures
    • Petroleum Product Exposures
    • Alcohol Ingestion
    • Intentional Poisons Involved in Homicides
    • Carcinogens
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pyrolysis Products
  • Heavy Metals
  • Organic Chemicals
  • Drugs of Abuse
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    Dr. Joseph Jolson
    Owner
    5867 Solway Street
    Pittsburgh PA 15217
    USA
    phone: 412-480-3049
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    Dr. Joseph D. Jolson has over 28 years of industrial experience providing Product Development, Product Support, Litigation, Subrogation, and Intellectual Property Services. He has championed the development of two-dozen commercially successful products. Dr. Jolson's experience includes:
  • The development, testing, use, and analysis of failed aqueous and lithium batteries
  • The development, placement, testing, use and analysis of failed carbon monoxide, chlorine, combustible gas, ethylene oxide, hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and volatile organic hydrocarbon gas detectors
  • The development, testing, use and analysis of failed air purifying respirators including self-contained self-rescuers
  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Batteries
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Gas Detection
  • Failure Analysis
  • Industrial Hygiene & Safety
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Mine Safety
  • Product Testing
  • Respiratory Protection
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    Dan Napier
    President
    111 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,Ste 355
    Manhattan Beach CA 90266
    USA
    phone: 800-644-1924 or 310-937-8630
    fax: 310-937-8642
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    DNA Industrial Hygiene is an Occupational/Environmental Health & Safety firm providing comprehensive industrial hygiene/environmental services.

    Dan Napier is the 'go to' person for help with your Health & Safety Program. If you are a Small business or one of the Fortune 500's Dan has helped someone like you. Whether you need a simple survey for a single issue or a complex benchmark or Safety Audit he has the experience and expertise to do the work.

    Mr. Napier provides services to the Legal Community. Please check with him for Trial Assistance, Forensic Studies or Expert Witness Services. He has been designated as an expert and has testified in Federal and State Courts.
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of their 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    Services Offered - Whether your project requires failure analysis, a forensic engineering investigation, event reconstruction, fire cause and origin, or a specialized assessment, EFI Global’s multi-disciplinary engineers and technical professionals can address your project needs.

    Engineering:
    • Civil and Structural
    • Mechanical and Electrical
    • Material Science
    • Construction Management
    • Building Envelope Assessments
    • Property Condition Assessments
    • Roofing Evaluations
    Fire Investigations:
    • Incendiarism
    • Origin and Cause
    • Failure Analysis/Product Liability
    • Fraud
    Environmental, Health & Safety
    • Phase I, II, or III Environmental Site Assessments
    • Training in Emergency Planning & Response
    • Drilling, Sampling, & Monitoring Well Installation
    • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)
    • LEED and Green Building Support Services
    • Brownfield and Site Development
    • Remediation Oversight and Monitoring
    • Regulatory Compliance Reporting
    • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)
    • Property Loss & Risk Control Services
  • Energy Audits
  • Storage Tank and Petroleum Management
  • Environmental Permitting Services
  • Occupational and Industrial Health & Safety Training
  • Industrial Hygiene Audits & Risk Assessments
  • Asbestos Surveys & Abatement Design
  • Lead-based Paint Surveys & Abatement Design
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Mold Investigation & Consulting
  • Noise Monitoring
  • Specialty and Consulting Services
    • Analysis for Explosives and Flare Residues
    • Propane & Natural Gas Analysis for Composition & Odorants
    • Flash Point Analysis for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
    • Fuel Identification
    • Contamination of Motor Fuels
    • Wildfires: Testing for Soot, Char and Ash
    • GC/MS Scan of Soil & Water for VOCs
    • Microbiology Laboratory Services
    • Viable and Non-Viable Fungi
    • Wood Degradation Analysis Bacterial
    • Water Quality Testing
  • Transportation Forensic Services
  • Air Sampling Analysis for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Vehicle Failure Analysis
  • Product Failure and Analysis
  • Chemistry Laboratory Services
  • Fire Debris Analysis by GC/MS for All Samples
  • Ignitable Liquids by ASTM E1618
  • Plastics Identification
  • Thermal Properties for Solids and Liquids
  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)
  • TGA (Thermal Gravimetric Analysis)
  • Catastrophe Response
    • Hurricane & Flood Damage Assessment
    • Tornado Damage Assessment
    • Earthquake Damage Assessment
    • Hail Damage Assessment
    • Wind Induced Failure Analysis
    • Storm Surge Determination
    • Indoor Air Quality & Mold Services
    • Water Intrusion Analysis
    • Asbestos Management Services
    • Environmental Assessment & Oversight Management
  • Safety Inspection & Testing
  • Hazardous Material Surveys
  • Structural Evaluations
  • Electrical Concerns
  • Roof Damage Investigations
  • Business Interruption Analysis
  • Seismic Damage Evaluations
  • Moisture Mapping
  • Repair Cost Estimating
  • Reconstruction Monitoring
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    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    Metts HardyE. Metts Hardy, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CHMT, Vice President of Fire Investigations at EFI Global, is responsible for overseeing day to day operations, investigations, technical reviews, and financial performance of nine branch offices covering 11 states. He is involved in the operation and compliance of the Fire Investigation Division within EFI Global. He assisted in the development of the company's standardized Fire FACS reporting system and makes regular updates to enhance performance and quality.

    Mr. Hardy has conducted in excess of 3,000 Fire Origin and Cause Investigations. He has attended and instructed numerous seminars and continuing education programs related to fire investigation and NFPA 921 for the public and private sector.

    Mr. Hardy has pursued coursework in Business Administration from Delta State University, is a licensed private investigator and has numerous certifications, including Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Fire Causation Instructor, Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, and is a licensed private investigator in Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia.

    Selected Courses Instructed:
    • Accidental Fire Causes
    • Fire Investigation, Level II
    • Fire Cause and Origin
  • Fire Cause Recognition
  • Practical View of NFPA-921
  • Vehicle Fire Investigation
  • Selected Guest Lectures:
    • Evidence Collection Practices According to NFPA 921, State Farm Insurance Company
    • Large Loss Management, Florida IAAI
    • Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson, Annual Seminars
    • Vehicle Fire Investigation” Florida Advisory Council on Arson Prevention
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    What does the insurer do once the fire is out? Normally, the property loss notice is submitted by the insured as soon as possible to begin the adjustment process, collect for damages, and get life back in order. The insurer takes this information and relates it to the adjuster, who then investigates and settles the claim. In fire losses, many times the adjuster will seek the services of a fire investigator or other expert to assist in determining the cause of loss so he or she can make an informed decision as to how to proceed with adjusting the claim. But the expert assigned to a certain loss can make all the difference in the world in how a claim is settled and whether there is an avenue for recovery of insurance funds or protection in potential liability claims.

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

    Mr. Pokorny's responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.

    Selected Projects Include:
    • National Account Manager, Retail and Commercial Banking Properties - Serves as account manager coordinating efforts nationally for EFI’s response to Johnson Controls, Inc. for its retail bank facility partners
    • Hurricane Response (CAT) – Insurance Claims and Facility Managers - Serves as the Northeast CAT Response Coordinator for EFI’s CAT response during climatic weather events
    • Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), Statewide - Serves as the Contract Manager for Environmental Consulting services offered to DCAM from 2006-current in its term agreement for asbestos, hazardous materials investigations, mold and air quality services
    • Hazardous Materials Management, Large Construction Sites, New England - Serves as Project Coordinator and Principal in Charge for EFI’s services provided to Construction Management (CM) firms throughout the Northeast
    Mr. Pokorny has authored numerous articles on topics within his expertise. He has also delivered environmental presentations to such entities as the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Emerging Environmental Claims Managers Association (EECMA).

    Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.

    View Keith Pokorny's Expert Witness Profile.
    12/7/2016 · Environment
    "I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"

    4/20/2016 · Environment
    The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.

    Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.

    1/15/2015 · Construction
    Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.

    4/29/2014 · Construction
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.

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    David L. Mitchell
    Ph.D.
    P.O. Box 70
    Dayton TX 77535
    USA
    phone: 936-257-1633
    fax: 936-258-4237
    David MitchellGEO Associates provides litigation support services and expert witness testimony for civil and criminal investigations and insurance industry cases (both plaintiff and defendant) that involve Groundwater Pollution and Data Analysis, Forensic Geology and Geophysics, Hydrology Modeling, and Forensic Meteorology including Weather Event Re-Construction and Force Majeure cases. GEO Associates can assist attorneys and insurance claim professionals in obtaining, analyzing, modeling, and interpreting the correct geophysical/geological and meteorological data for their case.

    GEO Associates uses the latest approved Regulatory EPA and USGS numerical modeling software to map the concentration levels and transport of air and groundwater pollutants. GEO Associates numerical modeling expertise, combined with their advanced knowledge of meteorological, geophysical and geological data gathering and processing, provides strong support to the attorney and client for cases involving Air Pollution, Reduced Visibility, Severe Storms, Groundwater Contamination, Flooding, Wind Damage and Hazardous Material Spills and Releases to Air and/or Water, which result in accidents, contamination of aquifers, toxic air, property damage, personal injury and death.

    Services Include:
  • Forensic Geology
  • Industrial Groundwater Pollution
  • Toxic Tort Strategy
  • Environmental Surface and Groundwater Pollution
  • Mapping of Surface and Groundwater Contamination
  • Forensic Hydrology
  • Groundwater Computer Modeling
  • Aquifer Systems Analysis
  • Hazardous Spill Releases
  • Geological and Geophysical Data Acquisition, Processing and Analysis
  • Geological and Geophysical Mapping of Reservoirs
  • Observational Field Programs
  • Reflection and Refraction Seismology
  • Forensic Seismology
  • Seismic Investigations
  • Oil and Gas Operations and Operator Performance
  • Marine and Land Seismic Operations
  • Value Analysis of Proprietary Geophysical and Geological Data
  • 2D and 3D Reflection Seismology Modeling and Analysis
  • Fluid Dynamics and Reservoir Analysis
  • Toxic Fluid Migration
  • Class Action and Force Majeure Cases
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