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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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    Andrew Karic
    Construction Expert Witness & Consultant
    6601 E. Grant Rd., Suite #119
    Tucson AZ 85715
    USA
    phone: 520-323-1005
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    Andrew Karic is a licensed General Contractor in Arizona, California and Texas with over 35 years of experience in Commercial and Residential Construction and Development. Mr. Karic's experience includes executive (CEO), entrepreneurial, and construction management expertise in virtually all areas of the construction industry. He has managed a staff of 50 plus employees and been responsible for marketing and the financial profitability for five different construction and development companies owned or operated since 1978.

    Andrew Karic has worked with some of the most prominent law firms in Arizona providing expert testimony and consultation related to Construction Claims and Disputes. He has given several depositions and has issued numerous expert opinion reports. He has testified in 12 mediations and numerous bench trials for breach of contract and construction claims, including a 600 page forensic investigation for a multi million dollar glass balcony defective material case.

    Most all cases have been referred to Mr. Karic based on his excellent reputation. He is known for his ethical and non-wavering approach in construction cases. Mr. Karic provides services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense.

    Construction Claims Services:
    • Construction Disputes
    • Construction Breach Of Contract
    • Construction Defects
    • Construction Scheduling
  • Construction Change Orders
  • Construction Damages
  • Construction Delays
  • Construction Forensics
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    Thomas L. Luth, MAC
    Mold Assessment Consultant
    9020 Balcones Club Drive
    Austin TX 78750
    USA
    phone: 512-748-8800 (cell) or 512-401-9500 (office)
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    Thomas L. Luth, MAC, is a third generation builder with over 35 years of designing, estimating, and building experience in both Residential and Commercial Construction projects. He has extensive training, education, and hands on experience in all areas of construction.

    Mr. Luth obtained training through the American Indoor Air Quality Council, Environmental RX Training Facility, and the Department of State Health Services which qualify him to act as a consultant in microbial related matters. His experience, along with onsite air quality and microbial testing, remediation estimating, and remediation of over 100 projects, qualify him as an expert in evaluating and responding to air quality conditions, necessary remediation practices, and its associated causes and costs.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Luth offers services to project owners, contractors, attorneys, and insurance companies in matters of Construction Procedures, Defects, and Job Site Safety. He has participated in well over 100 lawsuits as an expert witness for trial work, evaluation reports, assignments of responsibility, damage assessment opinions, and preparing estimations for the cost of repairs and corrections. Mr. Luth also provides dispute resolution services to law firms, insurance companies, and construction organizations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • OSHA
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Standards
    • Building Envelope Testing
    • ASTM Standards
    • Leak Testing
    • Structural Failures
    • Plumbing Defects
  • Air Quality Evaluation
  • Building Sciences
  • Job Site Safety
  • Roofing
  • Window Evaluation Falls
  • Equipment Failure
  • Improper Scaffolding
  • Improper Guardrails
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    R. Kevin Smith, P.E.
    President, R. K. Smith Engineering
    1539 Chalone Ct.
    Crown Point IN 46307
    USA
    phone: 219-226-9510 (Office)708-790-1938 (Cell)
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    R. Kevin Smith PE, BSME, MMAE, has been a specialist in Engineering Forensic Safety and Design for 35 years. He has consulted on over a 1,000 matters nationwide.

    Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer and holds a BSME and MMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He specializes in Material Handling Equipment Safety, including lift trucks, dock safety, truck loading, conveyors, and aerial work platform safety.

    Mr. has been actively involved as a member of the committee that writes the Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks (ASME/ANSI B56.1) for over 30 years. He also serves on the B56.6 committee (rough terrain lift trucks) and the ANSI A92.5 and A92.6 subcommittees (self-propelled elevating work platforms).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Smith formerly worked for Triodyne, Inc. for over 15 years as a forensic engineer/principal engineer. As President of R. K. Smith Engineering Inc., he currently has a laboratory for examination and testing, and owns or has access to varied testing equipment and tools.

    Kevin Smith has testified at depositions and trials on several hundred matters. He has performed hundreds of investigations into product failures involving injury and property damage, and has reconstructed numerous accidents. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Mr. Smith also is on the Adjunct Math faculty at Prairie State College.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forklift Trucks
    • Aerial Work Platform Lifts
    • Product Testing
    • Material Handling / Lifting / Rigging Equipment
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine Guarding
    • Safeguarding
    • Warnings
  • Agricultural and Construction Equipment
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Stability Testing
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Consumer Products / Testing
  • OSHA Citations
  • Codes & Standards
  • Standard of Care in Design
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    Kenneth J. Shorter, CSP
    Certified Safety Professional
    5916 Foxhall Manor Drive
    Baltimore MD 21228
    USA
    phone: 410-564-7698
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    Kenneth J. Shorter, MS, CSP, ARM, TCDS has over 30 years of experience planning and managing Construction and Demolition Safety for local, national, and international companies, including an extensive range of projects from rapid transit systems, airports, highways, hospitals, and landfills to tunnels, bridges, marine projects, and underground utility systems. He recently directed safety for the $1.3 billion expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Shorter has been responsible for investigating and explaining why a wide range of complex accidents happened and how they could have been prevented. Mr. Shorter has his Masters Degree in Safety and Professional Certifications in Safety, Risk Management, and Traffic Control Design. He is a member of the ANSI A10 Committee for the Safety of Construction and Demolition Operations which produces the national consensus safety standards for the industry. His expertise extends beyond OSHA to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, ANSI, NFPA, and a wide range of other consensus standards.

    A highly qualified Expert, Kenneth Shorter provides litigation support services for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction, Demolition, and Temporary Traffic Control
    • Tunnels, Rapid Transit Systems, Highway, Bridge, Building, Marine, and Underground Utility Construction and Demolition
    • Falls, Confined Spaces, Electrical
    • Cranes, Forklifts, Earthmoving, Paving, Trenching, Shoring, Scaffolding, Aerial Lift, Pile Driving, Marine
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    Burt Thorpe
    Training Manager
    cell: 714-917-9747
    2544 Stoneview Road
    Orlando FL 32806
    USA
    phone: 407-709-3268
    fax: 407-358-5462
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    Firm Profile: American Crane Training, Inspection & Certification, Inc. (AmCrane) is a multi-disciplinary professional firm that provides crane and heavy equipment training, inspections and certification across the US. AmCrane offers accident reconstruction and expert witness testimony NATIONALLY in Crane, Aerial Lift, Equipment Safety and Management Fields.

    Professional Experience: Mr. Burt Thorpe is a qualified Expert Witness in cranes, aerial lifts and heavy equipment with over 35 years experience in crane safety, equipment ownership and operation. His experience includes 4 1/2 years with the largest road and bridge contractor in the Southeast, with company wide responsibility in all cranes, rigging, critical lifts and operators. Mr. Thorpe spent 10 years as the Secretary/Treasurer, General Manager of a multi-office, multi-state equipment dealer and owner of cranes and aerial lifts. Duties included their purchase, new and used sale, rental, inspection, maintenance, repair, assembly, disassembly, transport and management.

    Direct Hands-On Experience In:
  • Mobile Cranes and Boom Trucks
  • Overhead Cranes and Hoists
  • Aerial Lifts (boom type lifts, scissor lifts & bucket trucks)
  • Tower Cranes
  • Rigging
  • OSHA compliance General Industry (1910)
  • OSHA compliance Construction (1926)
  • ANSI standards
  • Bridge Beam erection and Pile Driving
  • Multi-Crane and Critical Lift Engineering
  • Certifications:
  • CCO Certified Crane Operator (all mobile, tower crane & rigging)
  • CCO Authorized Practical Examiner (all above classifications)
  • Certified Equipment Manager-AEMP
  • Certified Safety Person
  • OSHA "Outreach" Instructor-Construction and General Industry 10 hr & 30 hr
  • Education:
  • Emory University-MBA
  • Hofstra University-BA
  • Memberships: ASSE, AGC, AEMP, NSC, CFSC

    Trades Worked: Millwright, Teamster, Ironworker, Crane Operator

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    Daniel Powers, MD
    6200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1006
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 800-222-6768 or 800-247-8624
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    Daniel Powers Diagnostic Imaging Expert PhotoDaniel Powers, MD, is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Powers is licensed to practice medicine actively in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. He has built an extensive practice providing diagnostic imaging services and second opinions nationwide.

    As a specialist in Diagnostic Radiology, Dr. Powers has taken additional training and testing in the interpretation of imaging studies of individuals exposed to occupational dusts and fibers and has been certified by the Federal Government as a "B-Reader" (Note that an "A-Reader" is a lesser degree of certification than a "B-Reader").

    Dr. Powers was certified in 1984 and has recertified every four years since, in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. He has extensive experience including rendering diagnoses in tens of thousands of chest x-rays, supine and prone spiral CT, and supine and prone HRCT scans. His CT / HRCT experience dates back to the beginning of when CT was first used routinely for occupational dust and fiber exposure in the 1980s.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Powers has expertise in the diagnosis of image findings in Occupational Lung Disease. His services have been requested to determine whether a respiratory problem caused by occupational dust and fiber exposure, such as asbestosis, silicosis, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis / black lung disease has markers for such, seen on imaging studies. Dr. Powers has testified in deposition and at trial regarding individuals and grouped clients.

    Consulting Services - Dr. Powers also offers imaging services to individuals, occupational clinics, corporations, unions, government agencies, insurance agencies, and hospitals to determine if there are markers of occupational dust or fiber exposure on imaging studies.
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    Craig Moskowitz, MBA, MS, PE
    President/Managing Member
    PO Box 4532
    Stamford CT 06907
    USA
    phone: 866-432-4677
    fax: 203-504-8838
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    Since 2010, the President and Managing Member of CLM Engineering Associates, LLC, which concentrates its focus on forensic engineering/expert witness work for the insurance industry and legal community. In addition, we offer construction management, civil engineering and building inspection services.

    Extensive construction management experience on both commercial and residential projects. Performed safety inspections on both civilian and military projects through application of OSHA regulations. Designed drainage systems for the government while an officer with the United States military. Cost estimating for various projects exceeding $500 million. Design document creation and management of high-rise construction in Manhattan. Marketplace. Management of telecommunications projects for Verizon in Manhattan including CPM schedule creation and updating.

    Directed and managed all water distribution system and sewer system work while working as a contractor to the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Forensic work related to evaluation of structural steel systems with commercial building construction and insurance-related claims due to storm damage on commercial and residential structures.

    Craig Moskowitz has been deposed 4 times in litigation matters.

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    Robert C. (Bob) Jacobson, CBO, CBCO
    109 N. Main S.
    Ste. 1507
    Memphis TN 38103
    USA
    phone: 901-552-5772
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    Robert C. (Bob) Jacobson, CBO, CBCO, has over 30 years of experience in Construction Code Enforcement. He is certified by the International Code Council as a Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, Zoning Inspector, Residential and Commercial Energy Code Inspector, Residential Energy Code Plans Examiner, Certified Building Code Official, and Certified Building Official.

    Background - While working as Director of Code Enforcement for the city of Bartlett, TN, Mr. Jacobson served on committees with both the Southern Building Code Congress International and the technical subcommittees that helped create the International Codes. In this capacity, he was awarded the Tennessee Building Official of the year award, The President's Award, and twice awarded the West Tennessee Building Official of the Year. On his retirement, he was awarded a life time honorary membership to the TBOA.

    After retiring, Mr. Jacobson obtained a Tennessee General Contractors License and built light commercial and large residential structures. He also worked as a code consultant keeping up with the changes from Standard Building Code to International Building Code.

    Litigations Support - Mr. Jacobson currently offers litigation support services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases involve:
    • Existing Building Codes - Sprinklers, fire alarms, rated walls, and fireproofing issues
    • Accessibility Codes - Americans with Disabilities Act - Title II and III, North Carolina Accessibility, California Title 24, ANSI, Chapter 11 of the IBC
    • Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence - Code compliance, appropriateness of buildings facilities, and zoning issues
    • Hazardous Material Storage - Manufacturing and storage compliance methods and alternatives in existing and proposed new facilities
    • Energy Code - International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE 90.1, and state energy code compliance during design and specification process
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    John Minor
    President, CGC
    14 Live Oak Drive
    Suite A-1
    Gulf Breeze FL 32561
    USA
    phone: 850-932-8720
    fax: 850-934-6659
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    John G. Minor, President of Complete General Contractors, is a third-generation Contractor and licensed instructor certified by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He is a recognized expert on the costs and applications necessary to repair buildings damaged by manufacturer, builder liability, water damage or intrusion, mold, or asbestos.

    Mr. Minor has worked in construction and contracting dispute resolution throughout the Southeast for over 17 years. He has been involved in the successful discharge of 150+ million dollars as an expert witness in property claim lawsuits and disputes. He is retained by both the plaintiff and defense for a fair appraisal of the issues at hand.

    Mr. Minor works with attorneys to generate a plan based on damages to property and in compliance with the provisions and spirit of the insurance policies in effect at the time of the loss. For personal injury cases, he works to establish the code requirements in place at times of the injury to find how they relate to the cause of action.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Loss Appraisals
    • Construction Claims
    • Construction Disputes
    • Construction Safety
    • Construction Damages
  • Fire Damage
  • HVAC Issues
  • Insurance - Property, Casualty
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
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    3/3/2015 · Construction
    With sea levels rising by some reports and inch a decade and the prediction of stronger hurricanes todays aging building stock is at risk. In addition for new construction we must learn from the past. The proliferation of coastal development begs for consistent and sustainable construction techniques.

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    Hal Deatherage, PhD, PE Civil Engineering
    David Chapman, PhD, PE Civil Engineering
    610 S. Gay St.
    Knoxville TN 37902
    USA
    phone: 865-566-0309
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    Construction Engineering Consultants (CEC) is a corporation formed by individuals who are passionate about the study of the arts and sciences related to engineering and construction practices. They seek to provide a variety of advisory services to clients in need of design, construction and engineering knowledge and expertise in order to prevent, solve, and investigate problems and create enduring collaborative relationships with their clients.

    For problematic construction issues, CEC assists with evaluations of design quality and defects, claims analysis and preparation, property and casualty loss investigations, construction litigation support, and expert witness services.

    CEC’s client base includes litigation clients across the nation. They have provided litigation support in Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.

    Hal Deatherage Civil Engineering Expert PhotoJames (Hal) Deatherage, PhD, PE Civil Engineering, has been a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer since 1973. Dr. Deatherage spent many years as Principal in a Consulting Firm specializing in engineering and architectural services. He then served as President and Chief Operating Officer of a regional construction firm specializing in design-build services. Dr. Deatherage is currently a Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering and Partner in Construction Engineering Consultants.

    Over the last 20 years, he has testified more than 300 times in litigation issues involving design, safety, construction productivity, construction claims, forensic failure analysis, erosion and sediment control issues, maintenance, construction quality, and other structural and civil engineering issues. Dr. Deatherage’s areas of expertise as an expert witness are as follows:
    • Structural Engineering Construction Claims
    • Design Defects / Construction Evaluation Quality
    • Property and Casualty Loss Investigations
  • Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis
  • Highway and Building Codes / Regulation
  • Design Defects and Construction Personal Injury
  • David Chapman Civil Engineering Expert PhotoDavid Chapman, PhD, PE Civil Engineering, earned a Master’s of Science of Civil Engineering with Construction Engineering Concentration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering with Construction Engineering Concentration.

    Dr. Chapman has taught construction related courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Chapman has been involved with several TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) sponsored research projects. Most recently Dr. Chapman managed the research efforts concerning the Massman Dr. Bridge in Nashville, TN.

    Since 2005, Dr. Chapman has created and / or maintained CPM schedules for approximately $550 million worth of highway and heavy civil construction projects. His primary contribution to Construction Engineering Consultants is creating and maintaining schedules for highway construction type projects, forensic scheduling and engineering related to litigation support services. Dr. Chapman's areas of expertise are as follows:
    • Project Scheduling
    • Forensic Scheduling
    • Structural Engineering
  • Property and Casualty Loss Investigations
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Management
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    L. Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME
    31157 Lobo Vista Road
    Agoura CA 91301
    USA
    phone: (818) 489-4400
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    Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME , has provided services as a consultant and an expert witness in applied Civil and Mechanical Engineering Science, Building, Infrastructure, and Earthwork Contracting. His strength and experience is to successfully combine engineering and applied mechanics with the field experience and contracting skills.

    He packages civil, mechanical engineering, as well as, general, engineering, earthwork and paving and hazardous waste contracting into one package for the use of his clients. His services also include construction job site safety in fire prevention and personnel protection.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Petrovsky's shirtsleeve approach to problem solving gives him the ability to distill complex technical issues to a palatable presentation in the appropriate forum. Serving the legal industry for 25 years, he has been retained in over 600 plaintiff and defense cases, been deposed over 200 times, and given testimony approximately 100 times.

    Mr. Petrovsky's services include testing and analysis, trial preparation case analysis, deposition review and expert summary, evidence presentation, consulting, report writing, court exhibits, static and computer depictions, construction and engineering contract analysis, accident reconstruction, and interpretation of administrative regulations. He has assisted counsel on cases in California, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Nevada.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design: Machine safety and guarding, Strength of materials, wood, metals, plastics
    • Materials Issues and Failure Analysis: Mechanisms, components and machinery; Pressure testing, fatigue analysis
    • Accident Investigations: Heavy equipment accidents, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators; Cranes, lifts, manipulators
    • Air conditioning and Refrigeration: Thermography services and analysis
    • Civil Engineering: Design of Buildings; Residential, industrial, commercial site plans; Land development, site preparation and paving, drilling and boring; Public and private roadways, sidewalks, ramps, parking lots, lighting; Septic systems, sewers, public sewer blockage and stoppage; Scaffolds & scaffolding erection and accidents; Retaining walls and retaining wall failure; Foundation failure / structural damage; Plumbing leaks, water intrusion, explosions; Earthquake Damage Assessment and Remediation; Construction Disputes / Insurance claims; Stucco defects and failures; Job site fire prevention industry standards
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    Dennis W. Eckstine
    Principal Consultant
    10817 Partridge Drive
    Waynesboro PA 17268
    USA
    phone: 717-762-1555
    fax: 717-762-9055
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    Dennis W. Eckstine is an expert on cranes, aerial work platforms, various types of lifting equipment, heavy duty trucks, carriers, and other similiar construction, industrial and agricultural equipment. He has held senior positions in engineering, quality, product safety and reliability for major manufacturers including representing the company at trial. Through his active involvement in current standards committees, his education, and his engineering and product safety experience at Grove Worldwide he brings a solid scientific and practical background to his clients.

    He was previously Vice President, Senior Director of Product Safety & Reliability, and Director of Engineering Administration for different major manufacturers. He possesses a BSME and MBA. Mr. Eckstine started as a full time employee in the construction equipment industry in 1971 for Grove.

    He is currently a member of numerous committees within the organizations of ANSI (American National Standards Institute), SAE (Society of Automotive Engineering), ISO, and National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Mr. Eckstine was the founding International Chairman of ISO TC 214 for Elevating Work Platforms. He is currently International Chairman of ISO TC 96 SC 6 for Mobile Cranes, and a Commissioner of CCO.

    Services Offered
  • Expert on construction, industrial and agricultural equipment
  • Evaluate Product to Promote Safe Design and Safe Use of Equipment
  • Hazard Analysis, Design Review, Warnings Development, Safety and Operational Training
  • Offer Guidance on Human Factors
  • CIE - Certified Industrial Ergonomist
  • Develop Standards for Design and Safe Use of Products
  • Develop Training Materials and Perfrom Training for Operators of Lifting Equipment Including Cranes and Aerial Work Platforms
  • Conduct Presentations at Seminars and Work Shops
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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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    David AmoriDavid P. Amori, PE, RRC, Vice President of Engineering at EFI Global, is a Structural / Geotechnical Engineer and Registered Roof Consultant with more than 22 years of domestic and international experience in building and heavy civil construction and engineering. His responsibilities include the oversight of the engineering service line, product delivery, quality, training and mentoring, business development, and executive team liaison.

    Mr. Amori's background includes geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and domestic and international construction management of commercial and heavy civil projects. He has performed hundreds of forensic investigations in North and South America.

    David Amori is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham.

    Mr. Amori provides Litigation Support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been retained numerous times and is court qualified as a structural and geotechnical engineer.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Structural Assessment
    • Construction Defect Investigation
    • Foundation Evaluation
    • Structural Fire Damage Assessment
    • Roof and Building Envelope Assessments
    Representative Litigation Support
    • Pearland, TX - Design team defendant expert in a case involving the code compliance, structural integrity, and functional performance of roof of a newly constructed assisted living facility
    • San Antonio, TX - Expert investigating the performance of window systems, roof systems, and exterior wall finishes
    • Austin, TX - Expert investigating the performance of custom window systems
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    3/2/2016 · Construction
    For the forensic investigator, damage assessments require taking a global look at the loss to determine all causes, including possible design and construction deficiencies.

    2/9/2016 · Construction
    Large losses present a unique set of challenges from the perspective of managing an expert or team of experts. For the purposes of this column, let's assume that a large loss is one that exceeds $250,000. These might include heavy civil construction, infrastructure, transportation, or a catastrophic event affecting a large building.

    2/17/2015 · Construction
    Roof collapses can be sudden, catastrophic events caused by a particular loading condition or combination of loads. Roof collapses often happen with little or no warning, making this a particularly dangerous event. When investigating a roof collapse, the obvious perpetrators are examined: how much snow was on the roof, were the drains plugged up, were the winds in excess of the design wind speed and many others. Occasionally, the roof can be doomed to collapse months or years before an event due to design or construction related deficiencies allowing for a subrogation opportunity to recover cost of repairs.

    12/9/2014 · Construction
    Often after an event like a tornado, windstorm, water surge, or fire, the damage sustained to some property structures exceeds the value of it. In these cases, an engineer might be asked to determine if the remaining foundation system is suitable for reconstruction. The motivation for this is fairly straightforward: the property may have been underinsured and saving the foundation represents an effort to reduce the reconstruction cost, or there is a desire to get the structure rebuilt as quickly as possible. In the interest of time and money, an evaluation of the suitability of the foundation for reuse can be performed. There are three main questions for the engineer to answer: Is the slab damaged by the event? Are there any other factors, such as differential foundation movement, that would prevent the slab being reutilized? Are there any code considerations that prevent the slab from being reutilized?

    8/8/2014 · Construction
    In the wake of a Hurricane the monumental task of beginning to assess the losses and respond to the thousands of claims inevitably includes a number of claims concerning the functional assessment of commercial roofing systems. The design and construction of a roof system requires input from several disciplines including thermal considerations (Mechanical), fire resistance (Architect/Municipality), equipment carrying capacity (Structural), ability to drain and/or to store water (Architect/Civil), aesthetics, and the ability to resist any number of transient loads (Structural). The assessment of the damage sustained by a roof system during a storm event is an equally broad endeavor requiring the expert to call on a number of disciplines.

    3/20/2014 · Construction
    Building envelope assessments for storm-related damage is a normal part of job for the property adjuster and forensic consultant. The assessment of storm-related damage inevitably becomes a question of whether the observed condition pre-dates the storm or is the result of sudden and recent event. In fact, the question may very well be, "Did the observed condition exist during or even before the building was constructed; is the condition the result of a construction or design related defect?"

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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 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 (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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