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Christian M. Schneider, CIH
President
140 S. Village Ave., Suite 130
Exton PA 19341
USA
phone: 610-524-5525
fax: 610-524-0565
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1 Source Safety and Health, Inc. is a Safety and Health Management and Consulting firm for educational, insurance, commercial, residential, research, healthcare, and manufacturing facilities. 1Source’s team of professionals includes certified industrial hygienists, certified safety professionals, certified professional environmental auditors, and a certified professional ergonomist who can address every safety and health issue. One key measure of their success is that 1Source is the largest safety and health consulting firm with the most certified staff on the east coast. For more than 20 years, the professionals at 1Source have been committed to developing long-term, mutually beneficial professional relationships with our clients and business partners.

Indoor Air Quality Management and Consultation:
  • Mold, Bacteria and other Microbiological Assessments:
  • Odor Surveys and Assessments
  • Investigative Indoor Air Quality Surveys
  • Proactive Indoor Air Quality Surveys
  • Planned Indoor Air Quality Management Programs
  • Environmental-Related Disease Investigations
  • Legionella and Legionnaires Disease
  • Safety Program Management
  • Safety Management Systems:
  • Ergonomics Programs
  • Safety Program Development
  • Occupational Health / Industrial Hygiene
  • Construction Safety Services
  • Managed Outsourcing
  • Training Program Services
  • OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program)
  • Safety and Health Audits
  • Noise Exposure Evaluation and Control
  • Asbestos and Lead Management and Consultation:
  • Asbestos Surveys and Investigations
  • Asbestos Abatement Project Design
  • Environmental Quality Assurance Monitoring
  • Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Programs
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    Harold (Ed) von Dran, Jr., PE, CEM
    2627 Pebble Row
    San Antonio TX 78232
    USA
    phone: 210-930-2834
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    Harold (Ed) E. von Dran Jr., PE, CEM, has over 39 years of experience in Environmental & Mechanical Engineering, Project Management, Government Acquisitions and Electronic System Repair.

    Background Experience - Mr. von Dran has extensive Program / Project Management experience in all facets of the Environmental Studies, Remedial Design, Cleanup, and Regulatory Compliance. His experience includes Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Health & Safety.

    Mr. von Dran has prepared more than 1,000 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans, Environmental Assessments, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, for oil and gas production and saltwater disposal units. He has also completed Naturally Occurring Radiological Material, sound and environmental studies, various permits and OSHA Health and Safety inspections for energy industry facilities.

    Litigation Support - A recognized expert, Mr. von Dran has been representing clients before the Texas Railroad Commission and Circuit courts since 2007. His experience includes both written and oral representations before administrative judges in numerous cases. Mr. von Dran's cases include:
    • Noise Pollution
    • Environmental Contamination from Runoff
  • Environmental Trespass
  • Facility Design and Condition Assessment
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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    2066 Girls Ranch Road
    Camp Hill AL, MT 36850
    USA
    phone: 406-531-3541
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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Lanford is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Auburn and Clemson Universities.

    Dr. Lanford provides litigation support services on court cases involving Forestry Accidents, Product Liability, and Contractual Disputes. He has been retained for his expert witness services approximately 25 times. Dr. Lanford offers his expertise to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Selected Cases Include:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Forest Harvesting and Thinning Practices
    • Wood Handling Facilities Safety Standards and Procedures
    • Chainsaw Felling Personal Injury
    • Truck Off Loading Standards and Procedures
    • Timber Inventory and Mensuration
    • Logging Machines' Productivity and Performance
    • Potential Production and Profits of Logging Operations and Wood Products Facilities
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    2/11/2015 · Plants & Trees
    Anyone who has a home with trees around it will someday need to remove dead or dying limbs and trees. The best managed landscaping requires trees to be pruned or removed as they grow. In addition, storms often create dangerous situations as limbs and trees are broken or bent over. I remember living on Lake Martin in Alabama during Hurricane Opel. The storm hit at night and we sat in the basement listening to all the commotion and guessing what was happening to our home. Occasionally, I would go up to the main floor with a flash light (power was toast) and peer out the windows trying to assess the damage. One time I reported to my family that the porch roof was gone. The porch faced the lake and the direction of the wind. It had rained all day before the hurricane winds hit causing the soil around the trees that separated our home from the water to soften up. At day light we found all the lakeside trees pushed over onto our roof.

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    Christian Plunkett
    Consulting Arborist
    639 Montgomery Road
    Hillsborough NJ 08844
    USA
    phone: 908-824-0412
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    Christian J. Plunkett, BCMA, is an independent Consulting Arborist with 14 years of experience in the fields of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Mr. Plunkett is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and holds a BS in Urban Forestry. He is a skilled diagnostician with extensive experience in the areas of Tree Preservation, Tree Risk Assessment, and Appraisal of Tree Value.


    Mr. Plunkett has distinguished himself within his profession by earning the highly respected ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and New Jersey Certified Tree Expert credentials. He is also ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Mr. Plunkett is a member of both the International Society of Arboriculture and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.


    Litigation Support - Mr. Plunkett provides expert opinion, litigation support services, and forensic investigations to attorneys, insurance adjusters, and property managers needing advice on tree valuation, tree risk assessment, tree health care, and management. He has been accepted as an expert witness in NJ Courts of Law deciding timber trespass, encroachment, and tree damage cases. Mr. Plunkett's services include site investigation, research, report writing, and testimony at deposition or trial.


    Areas of Expertise:
    • Hazardous Trees / Tree Parts
    • Tree Risk Assessment
    • Appraisal of Tree Value
    • Casualty Appraisal
    • Abiotic Disorders
    • Managing Tree Health and Safety
    • Tree Preservation During Construction
    • Insect Pests of Trees
    • Tree Diseases
    • Fertility Deficiencies


    VIDEO: What Is A Consulting Arborist?
    5/1/2017 · Plants & Trees
    Whether the companies planting these trees are planting them incorrectly out of ignorance or in pursuit of maximizing profits; get in, get out, get to the next job, I do not know. In either case, it behooves a homeowner or property manager to do their due diligence and educate themselves on proper tree planting technique so that they will recognize when they are receiving a quality service and when they are throwing their money down the drain.

    2/28/2017 · Plants & Trees
    As defined in the tree care industry, a "Hazard Tree" is a tree that poses a level of risk to people or property that exceeds the risk tolerance of the property owner or manger. This means that a tree that may be considered a hazard to one property owner may not be considered to be a hazard by another property owner. Thus, "hazard tree" is a somewhat subjective concept, used when making tree risk management decisions on a particular property, and is not a description of the inherent level of risk actually posed by a particular tree. In the tree care industry the term "hazard tree" is generally reserved to describe a tree that requires immediate removal, or other mitigating actions, to reduce the level of risk posed.

    11/23/2016 · Plants & Trees
    There are many terms in use describing different types of tree care professionals and this can cause considerable confusion for a homeowner or property manager who requires a tree care provider. The information below will hopefully provide some clarity on the topic.

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    411 N. Sam Houston Parkway East
    Suite 350
    Houston Texas 77060
    USA
    phone: 2813584441
    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 our 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.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
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    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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    Dr. Tracey D. Carrillo
    Ph.D.
    P.O. Box 386
    Knox City Texas
    USA
    phone: 575-639-5110 or 575-650-9463
    Areas of expertise include: agronomy, environmental studies, Precision technology, drone field mapping, entomology, plant pathology, pesticides, pastures, soils, herbicides, range management, biology, ecology, plant physiology, invasive insect and plant species, as well as many other areas. Certified crop advisor by the Society of Agronomy. Experience in Drone and satellite imagery for detection of plant anomalies such as spray drift, plant disease or other. 20 years experience in areas of agriculture, ecology, biology, regulation and policy, labeling, equipment operation, soil and plant tissue testing, as well as water quality.

    Herbicide spray drift to non target crops or plants.
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    Eric Woodroof, PhD, CEM, PCF
    ALL STATES
    phone: 606-219-4465
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    Eric Woodroof Energy Management Expert PhotoGet a professional and unbiased review by Dr. Eric Woodroof, PhD,, who has served as an expert witness, and has a track record of helping his clients succeed and/or avoid unnecessary expenses related to Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). He has experience working on both sides of contracts between energy users and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). Dr. Woodroof is an unbiased ESPC expert who can be reached at 888-563-7221 x101.

    Relevant Experience in Performance Contracting:
    • Energy Managers Hall of Fame
    • Chairman- Energy Management Professional Council
    • Chairman- Performance Contracting & Financing Certification Board
    • Past President- Association of Energy Engineers (19,000 Members)
    • Editorial Board for 2 Industry Publications
    • Published Author on this topic
    • Trained over 10,000 professionals
    • Experience with multi-million dollar EPSCs
    • Expert witness with 20+ years experience
    Dr. Woodroof has written books as well as industry standards on energy contracts. He has been chosen several times to represent the industry and has worked with leaders such as Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others (in front of thousands of his peers).

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    When selecting projects under a limited budget, a firm should implement the project that will return the most value. Ultimately, firm value is measured by stock price, which can be impacted when the firm makes a major announcement. This paper shows that announcements of energy management projects correlate with a 21.33% increase in stock price within 150 days of the announcement. This increase is in addition to the risk-adjusted return the firm would normally experience . For example, during a "bull market" a firm's expected return was 10%. After the announcement, the return would increase by 21.33%, for a net return of 31.33%. These results suggest that investors react positively to energy management projects. This outcome demonstrates one more strategic incentive for firms to implement energy management projects.

    As a new US government administration comes into control, many people have asked me if I am optimistic about energy efficiency projects... the answer is YES. No matter how you analyze it, energy efficiency is a great investment... dare I say "Huge". Energy efficiency projects have high returns on investment and extremely low risk. The only thing they don't have is a "compelling event" forcing them to get done. In contrast, a repairing a roof leak has a sense of urgency because of potential damage from inaction.

    About five years ago, I wrote about project developer who specializes in energy tax deductions and rebates. We call him "Dr. EPAct" because he knows how to navigate and attain substantial tax deductions and rebates, which pay for most (if not all) of a project's cost. His highly tangible skills in accounting are typically "outside" of an energy manager's core strengths, but definitely worth knowing. This month, Dr. EPAct (Bill Bissmeyer) is contributing again in this article! He will help explain the Federal Tax Extenders Act, which was signed on December 18, 2015 into law. More importantly, Bill presents a case study showing the economics and tax advantages that you have available to you. Frankly- you cannot afford to skip this article because it may be the key you need to get your project funded.

    3/14/2017 · Environment
    Previous research indicates there are additional (often unreported) benefits from saving energy.1,2 This paper identifies these "additional benefits" and describes how to calculate their value.3,4 In addition, we found a high percentage of facility managers experienced some of these benefits. For example, in a recent survey, 92% of facility managers experienced reduced maintenance material costs as a result of energy conservation (primarily because lights, filters and other equipment lasted longer when operated less hours per year).

    You think you're about to be a hero by entering into an Energy Savings Agreement, (which is supposed to fund improvement projects based on savings). Your long-time law firm reviewed the contracts, and your engineers have signed off. Everything seems positive. So what can go wrong? Actually, quite a bit... and your knowledge can be the difference between having a glowing success or abject failure that could cost you a job, reputation or worse.

    Eric A. Woodroof
    The landscape for implementing energy efficient projects is rapidly changing and the need for energy project financing has never been greater. This book provides the key success factors for structuring a finance energy project and getting it approved by top management. Part I covers the need for financing as well as the basic concepts. Part II covers some practical applications of financing such as performance contracts, power purchase agreements, and other items like PACE financing. Part III contains articles that have helped many engineers get more projects implemented as they include information that can be used to present projects and get them approved.
    Eric A. Woodroof
    Meeting a need in the marketplace for information on how to operate a sustainable facility and reduce carbon emissions, the Green Facilities Handbook clearly explains why green business is good business and delineates practical strategies to green your operations in energy and management. The book explores issues in the greening of a facility, including janitorial considerations, fuel choices for fleets, and recycling. Additional information is provided on carbon reduction terminology, monitoring and reporting, and carbon trading as well as offset strategies. Special bonus chapters include valuable information on financing and procedures for “green” marketing.
    Eric A. Woodroof
    Eric A. Woodroof, Ph.D., is completely committed to helping businesses and organizations "go green", while improving profits. For more than 20 years, he has helped over 400 organizations and governments improve profits with energy-environmental solutions, generating over $100 million in savings.
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    John Booth
    Director & Principal Consultant
    242 Highfields Park
    Derby DE22 1JY
    GBR
    phone: 01332-556307
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    Mark WilliamsJohn Booth, the Principal Consultant and Practice Director of Sylvanus Arboricultural Consultants Ltd., is a Chartered Aboricuturalist and Chartered Environmentalist and one of the UK’s most widely qualified Arboricultural Consultants. He has over 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors and has written numerous articles and papers for respected publications including the International Journal of Urban Forestry for which he is also a referee.

    Mr. Booth and Sylvanus Ltd. are regularly instructed by both developers and Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) who are keen to ensure a satisfactory outcome from the planning process, (i.e. an appropriate balance between tree retention and realizing a site's development potential). All such work is carried out in accordance with the guiding principles of British Standard 5837 ‘Trees in Relation to Construction – Recommendations.’

    Mr. Booth is a Bond Solon/Cardiff University trained Expert Witness and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He has many years experience in both courtroom and planning enquiries.

    Services Include:

  • Tree Inspection & Survey - Single Tree, Large Population, Mortgage Lending, Safety and Subsidence Issues
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and Conservation Areas - Detailed Specifications for Tree Work Applications for Trees with Statutory Protection
  • Trees and Development - Tree Surveys for Submission with Planning Applications
    Tree Constraints Plans (TCP’s)
    Tree Protection Plans (TPP’s)
    Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA)
    Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)