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Christian M. Schneider, CIH
140 S. Village Ave., Suite 130
Exton PA 19341
phone: 610-524-5525
fax: 610-524-0565
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
    phone: 210-930-2834
    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
    phone: 406-531-3541
    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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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
    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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    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 (, 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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    Margaret C. Felts
    8822 Shiner Ct.
    Elk Grove CA 95624
    phone: 916-468-8443
    Margaret C. Felts is a Litigation Consultant and Expert Witness for law firms, regulatory agencies, and private entities on Energy, Environmental, and Corporate Fraud cases. Her specialties include:
    • Pipeline Integrity Management Records and Processes
    • Gas and Electric Utilities Regulatory Cases
    • Oil & Gas Industry Cases
    • Groundwater Contamination - Expert Knowledge of the Past 100 Years, Emphasis on CA
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal and Site Cleanup
    • Historical Records Research
    Energy Cases - Since 1983, Ms. Felts has served intermittently as a technical consultant and expert witness on a number of Energy Cases for the California Public Utilities Commission, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, CalTrans, the California Energy Commission, and a few private law firms representing claims against oil companies. Selected Major Energy cases include the SoCalGas/ Exxon Offshore Gas Treatment Plant Startup Failure, the SCE/Nevada Power Mohave Power Plant Steam Pipe Failure, the PG&E Helms Pumped Storage Power Plant Startup Failure, and the Enron and the PG&E Bankruptcy.

    Environmental Cases - Ms. Felts also served as technical consultant and expert witness on a number of Environmental Cases. Her primary clients were law firms representing the reinsurance companies of Lloyds of London. Some of the high profile cases were Aerojet, Lockheed, Raytheon, and City of Lodi. Both Aerojet and Lockheed cases included precedent-setting issues that were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Litigation Support - As a primary technical consultant, Ms. Felts leads the development of factual case strategy, identifies the best team of expert witnesses, writes interrogatories, reviews data, and performs independent research to find key evidence. She provides deposition questions and advises attorneys throughout the cases. Ms. Felts drafts logical threads of technical cross examination questions and, as appropriate, testifies in court.

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    John Booth
    Director & Principal Consultant
    242 Highfields Park
    Derby DE22 1JY
    phone: 01332-556307
    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)