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John C. Pfeiffer
President
2701 Lindsay Ave.
Louisville KY 40206-222
USA
phone: 502-897-1630
fax: 502-894-3894
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John C. Pfeiffer, P.E. has a long history in accident investigation and forensic engineering service going back to before the company was founded. John C. Pfeiffer, P.E., principal engineer, has practiced in the field of forensic engineering since the early 70’s with over 175 investigations completed or still in process.

Investigations cover a wide variety of causes from product failure, material properties, and software inadequacies to human errors. Experience includes electrical engineering, instrumentation, industrial process control and industrial automation engineering with in-depth experience in additional areas such as grounding, lightning protection, surge protection and power systems design. Also software based industrial systems such as programmable logic controllers and high level control systems. Performed many arc flash hazards analysis and other analysis. Primary experience is in industrial design. Besides assisting in investigations we can help in determining corrective action to prevent the reoccurrence of similar accidents.

Published in professional journals.

Works equally for the plaintiff and defense.

Primary business - design of electrical systems for industry.

Field of Expertise:
  • Arc Flash Hazards
  • Electrical Power
  • Electrocutions/shock
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Control Software
  • Process Instrumentation and Control
  • Static Electricity/Lightning
  • Explosions
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    David K. Merrifield, CSP
    4515 Stonecrest Terrace
    St. Joseph MO 64506
    USA
    phone: 816-364-1540
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    David K. Merrifield, CSP, has over 40 years of experience in Manufacturing and Manufacturing Management. A Certified Safety Professional, he has 23 years of experience in Safety Management, Risk Management, and Litigation.

    Mr. Merrifield is knowledgeable in a broad range of construction, industrial and maintenance tools, machinery, and equipment. He has served as Chairman of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) A92 main committee for Aerial Work Platforms and Chairman of ANSI Z535.6 Safety messages in collateral materials.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Merrifield provides expert testimony and consultation involving Expert witness testimony concerning government and industry standards, warnings, instructions, maintenance and inspections, misuse, hazards and hazard control, duties of parties, fall protection, safety devices, product recalls, and service bulletins. His expertise is available to counsel representing both the Plaintiff and the Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Warnings and Instructions
    • Standards, Regulations, and Industry Practice
    • Safe Design Process
    • Training
    • Maintenance and Inspections
    • Modifications to Machinery, Equipment
    • Misuse
    • Hazard Analysis
    • Hazards in the Workplace
    • Duty of Owners, Users, Operators
    • Fall Protection
    • Safety Devices
    • Product Recalls and Service Bulletins
    • Safety Policies and Procedures
    • Document Creation and Retention
    • Accident Investigation
  • Product Safety
  • Products Liability
  • Construction Machinery
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Boom Lifts
  • Personnel Lifts
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Fork Trucks
  • Telescopic Material Handlers
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Mast Climbers
  • ANSI Standards
  • OSHA
  • Industry Practice
  • Electrocution
  • Tip Over
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    James R. Fink, PE
    21 Purgatory Rd.
    Exeter RI 02822
    USA
    phone: 401-484-1546
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    James Fink Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoJames R. Fink PE., is currently president of Kleinholz Inc., a consulting engineering company. He has 23 years of experience with Electrical and Mechanical Systems and Products.

    Prior to Kleinholz Inc., Mr. Fink served as a professional engineer and manager at Thielsch Engineering company in Cranston, Rhode Island. As a degreed and licensed professional electrical consulting engineer and ex US Navy nuclear engineer, Mr. Fink has designed and overseen hundreds of electrical engineering projects and investigations. His research and development efforts have produced industry changing intellectual property in the electro-mechanical data center equipment sector.

    Mr. Fink serves as Chairman of the Rhode Island Electrical Code Committee and Chairman of the State Building Code committee, which result in continual periodic code training. These committees also hear all state building code appeals and disputes.

    Litigation Support - Today, James R. Fink continues to focus on electrical consulting and Forensic Engineering activities. As a licensed electrical professional engineer, expert witness, and seasoned public speaker, he has the technical aptitude to find the cause, and enjoys the challenge of providing simple explanations to the layperson.

    Mr. Fink understands evidentiary rules, and has the ability and experience to provide litigation assistance to lawyers, insurance companies, judges and owners. His expert witness services and investigative reports are provided as necessary to assist with insurance claims, legal challenges, and competitive disputes. To date, work has been approximately 55% for plaintiff, 45% for defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electrical Shock
    • Electrocution
    • Electrical Fires
    • Electrical Codes
    • HVAC
    • Batteries
    • Generators
    • UPS
    • Power Supply
    • Circuit Breakers
  • Power Quality
  • Data Centers
  • Electronics
  • Power Outages
  • Spikes
  • Surges
  • Blackouts
  • Computer Simulations
  • Critical Facility Downtime
  • Electronics Failure Mode Analysis
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    David Kassekert
    P.E.
    4017 Washington Road #344
    McMurray (Pittsburgh) PA
    USA
    phone: 866-344-7606
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    Keystone Engineering Consultants, Inc. is a multi-discipline, broad-spectrum firm providing comprehensive and qualified forensic engineering, architecture, scientific, and fire/arson investigation expert services to the legal community, insurance industry, and the public and private sectors.

    A professional evaluation by any of our 40+ professionals and consultants can help solve problems in a cost-effective way. We listen to the needs of our clients and offer unbiased, ethical, and professional opinions backed by education, experience and scientific testing.

    We are available for consultation and review of the factual information involved with a case to determine the worthiness of the matter prior to committing to a full investigation.

    Areas of Expertise / Practice Include: Accident Reconstruction; A/E Professional Liability; Amusement Park Rides; Aviation Issues; Biomechanics; Blasting, Quarry and Construction Explosions; Building Condition Assessments; Chemical, Civil, and Electrical Engineering; Geotechnical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering; Structural Engineering; Commercial Claims; Construction Accidents/Disputes/Failures; Electrical Systems and Controls, Electrocutions and Shocks; Elevators & Escalators; Environmental Issues; Fire, Explosion and Arson Investigations; Fire Prevention; Forensic Architecture; Hazardous Materials; Health and Safety Issues; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Human Factors; Indoor Air Quality and Mold Investigations; Industrial Safety, Ladders and Scaffolds; Machine Guarding and Safety; Material Failure Analysis; Motor Vehicle Crashes; Non-Destructive Testing; Playgrounds, Parks, Health Clubs and Recreational Facilities; Personal Injury; Premises Liability; Product Liability; Property Damage; Roadway Design Issues; Slips, Trips and Falls; Subrogation; and Toxicology.

    Offices serving Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware
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    Frank Ferrese
    414 First Avenue
    Haddon Heights, NJ
    08035
    NJ, PA
    USA
    phone: 856-924-4690
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    Frank T. Ferrese, PhD, PE, is a highly experienced Electrical Engineer specializing in design and control of electrical systems, electrical safety, power systems, industrial automation systems, and in root-cause failure analysis and forensics of electrical systems.

    As a researcher, Dr. Ferrese is interested in cyber-physical systems, resilient control systems, control theory, and optimization theory. He has over 20 years of experience in the engineering of electrical systems and industrial control systems.

    Background Experience - Dr. Ferrese's engineering and technical support activities have included lead responsibility for the design and construction of shipboard systems, industrial automation systems, satellite communication systems, navigation systems, and control systems for vehicles and machinery. He has expertise in both hardware and software design and is an expert in software engineering and in software development processes.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Ferrese provides Electrical Engineering forensic investigations, technical training, and consultation. He has provided expert reports and testimony in over a dozen matters. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, petitions for Inter Partes Review, declarations and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electrical Systems
    • Electrical System Safety
    • Electrical Accidents / Electrical Fires
    • Grounding / Lightning Protection
    • Industrial Control Systems / SCADA Systems
    • Control Systems
    • System Optimization
    • Sensors
  • Communication Systems
  • Power Systems
  • Cyber-Physical System Security
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Lighting Systems
  • Feedback Control Systems
  • Electrocution
  • Failure Analysis of Electrical Devices / Systems
  • Intellectual Property / Patents
  • Frank Ferrese, PhD
    The desire to build high levels of autonomy into distributed heterogeneous systems has led to new developments combining several areas of research including control theory, computational intelligence, economics, and cognitive psychology. However, there still are many unsolved problems in this area. This particular body of work focuses on two aspects of the autonomy problem and the benefit of interactions between the two.
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    Ernest Chiodo
    M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H.
    221 North LaSalle,Suite 1748
    Chicago IL 60601
    USA
    phone: 312-351-0717
    Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H), and biomedical engineer. Dr. Chiodo is board certified in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chiodo served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was the chief physician in charge of measures designed to protect the public health of over one million persons. He has also been the lead expert witness in a number of high profile cases including serving as the lead expert witness in a mass toxic tort case for Gerry Spence.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Electrocution
  • Building Related Disease
  • Biomechanics
  • Bed Bugs
  • Genetic evidence in the form of DNA profiles has proven to be a powerful tool in the advance of justice by proving the innocence of accused persons.

    Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.

    10/11/2012 · Toxicogenomics
    In toxic tort litigation, a person is often claiming to have developed cancer or some other serious disease due to having been exposed to a particular substance. Determining if the exposure to the substance was the cause of the disease is often a central focus of the litigation.

    9/26/2012 · Medical
    It is a common error that an attorney retains the wrong type of expert to testify in a lawsuit. This error is particularly common when the expert is a medical specialist. It is widely believed that a medical doctor who specializes in a particular organ system is qualified to formulate opinions and testify as to all issues concerning that organ system.

    Ernest Chiodo, MD, JD, MPH, CIH
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    Don Skaff
    Managing Director
    Worldwide Availability. Offices in Singapore & UK
    111 Deer Lake Rd, Suite 100
    Deerfield IL 60015
    USA
    phone: 800-326-5075 and Local 847-559-3000
    fax: 847-559-3010
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    Envista Forensics is a global leader in Forensic Engineering & Recovery Solutions. They provide Cause & Origin, Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigations, Accident Reconstruction, Damage Evaluations and Equipment Restoration Services following disasters of all kinds. Envista has served the insurance, legal and risk management industries for over 25 years. Their Experts travel globally from 19 offices located across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Singapore.

    Envista's experience counts when equipment, systems, structures, or data have been threatened by catastrophe or litigation. Their experts and advisors determine cause and responsibility, and identify the nature and extent of damage or loss and provide a full range of solutions to protect their assets. Envista's technical professionals are trusted advisors and industry leaders. Their expertise is broad and deep, capable of withstanding all forms of scrutiny. Envista's services are available globally so that certainty is assured no matter where in the world it is needed. As the recovery from disasters has grown more complex, Envista has developed a comprehensive array of services to help their clients and has associates located around the globe to provide assurance no matter the type of loss or location of the disaster.

    Envista helps attorneys quickly get to meaningful answers on the many technical issues at the center of a dispute. Their engineers have decades of experience working with both defendants and plaintiffs. They offer effective Expert Witness Testimony, with the ability to communicate effectively, build rapport with juries and judges, and maintain adherence to structured, methodical approaches in drawing conclusions are all extremely critical. LWG Consulting understands how critical the selection of an expert can be, and we understand what makes experts effective. Their court qualified experts have extensive experience providing expert testimony on a wide variety of engineering and technical matters.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Aviation & Aerospace
    • Biomechanics
    • Construction Defects
    • Digital Forensics
    • Electrical Injury & Electrocutions
    • Causation
    • Chemical
    • Computer / Network Equipment Failure
    • Construction Defect
    • Disputes over Reparability of Damage
    • Electrical Failure
    • Equipment Restoration
    • Fire & Explosion Analysis
    • Equipment Restoration
  • Industrial / Manufacturing Equipment
  • Materials Failure
  • Mechanical Accidents
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Medical / Laboratory Equipment
  • Product Failure / Liability
  • Project Management
  • Structural Failure
  • Subrogation
  • Utility & Energy
  • Valuation of Structures or Equipment
  • Vehicle Accident Investigation
  • Workplace / Premises Accidents
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    2/18/2014 · Medical
    All is quiet at 10:30 pm until a nurse notices water on the 2nd floor hallway. Building maintenance is called and discovers a ruptured pipe fitting in a bathroom on the 2nd floor. The water is shut off at 10:45 pm but unfortunately the damage has been done. It is later discovered that water penetrated through perforations in the ceiling in the CT suite on the 1st floor exposing the 16-slice CT gantry and patient table to water.

    1/14/2014 · Machinery
    The role that water plays in our existence is well understood. Without it, most living things will rapidly wither and die. Equally catastrophic of course, are the consequences of too much water. Not only to living things, in terms of widespread flooding, but also in terms of damage to machinery and equipment from exposure to water.

    Is it possible to differentiate between lightning related surges and artificially generated electrical surges?

    E-Discovery is the process of collecting and exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) that is requested during the discovery phase in civil litigation.

    3/14/2013 · Corrosion
    An ominous cloud of smoke continues to billow as the sprinklers rain water throughout the facility. The production manager's mechanical and electrical equipment is rapidly deteriorating, and within hours, the previously pristine equipment normally used to manufacture precision circuit boards will have a thin coating of flash rust with further damage forthcoming.

    1/25/2013 · Damages
    Doctors and nurses need to make quick, educated decisions to minimize the impact of difficult situations. These decisions are based on the practitioner's years of experience, their education, the science and technology available, and with the assistance of critical analytical and diagnostic equipment.

    11/19/2012 · Damages
    A water pipe breaks in a healthcare provider's facility, saturating an MRI control cabinet. The manufacturer is called in and spends $200,000 on attempted repairs. The unit still doesn't work. The manufacturer says the entire unit needs to be replaced, at a cost of $240,000.

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    Thomas H. Burtness, PE
    2195 Wagon Trail Rd.
    White Heath IL 61884
    USA
    phone: 217-687-2000
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    Thomas Burtness Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoThomas H. Burtness, PE, is an Electrical Engineer specializing in both Electrical and Building Construction - equipment selection, specification, and installation (actually “working with the tools”), as well as cost control techniques.

    Background - Mr. Burtness has 40+ years of experience in the design, specification, construction contract administration, installation, startup, and troubleshooting of electrical power, on-site generation, distribution, control, and instrumentation systems and equipment for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal occupancies. His experience also includes water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment plants, and military facilities.

    Additional expertise includes Illumination Engineering for street, roadway, and area lighting including photometric footcandle requirements, calculations, field verification, equipment specifications, installation, and analysis of failure, glare, overlighting and underlighting.

    Litigation Support - Since, 1981, Mr. Burtness has been providing forensic electrical engineering services to insurance companies and attorneys including accident and failure investigations, determination of cause and origin, litigation support, expert opinions, reports, and testimony. His services are available nationwide, with PE registration by comity available in most states.

    Cases Involve:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Electrocution
    • Personal Injury
    • Fire
    • Equipment and Machinery Failure
  • Failure of Safety Circuitry
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Damage and Fire
  • Construction Defects / Contract Claims
  • Design and Specification Disputes
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    Helmut G. Brosz
    President & C.E.O
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    64 Bullock Drive
    Markham Ontario L3P 3P2
    CAN
    phone: 905-472-6660
    fax: 905-472-6665
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    Brosz & Associates are Electrical Experts headed by President and C.E.O., Professor Helmut G. Brosz, B.A.Sc., D.B.A., F.A.A.F.S., P. ENG., Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Toronto.

    They provide a wide range of highly specialized Forensic Science and Engineering, Accident Reconstruction, Testing, Commissioning, and Technical and Scientific Services. Their staff of specialists and experts have completed over 5,200 assignments since 1970 ranging from electrical accidents and electrocutions to electrical power system investigation and testing of equipment failures including circuit breakers, motors, switchgear, generators, transformers and appliances.

    Their engineering facilities at Brosz & Associates enables them to perform in-depth research, electrical testing, forensic laboratory testing, microscopy, macro photography and photographic documentation, X-Ray testing, infrared testing, high voltage testing, high current testing and more. Most of their testing equipment is portable and they are also capable of producing professional collages and scale models for reports, mediations, depositions and trial.

    Their clients include insurance companies, legal firms, adjusters, risk managers, manufacturers, contractors, utilities, governments and individuals.

    Services Include:
  • Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Failure Analysis
  • Loss Prevention and Mitigation
  • Subrogation Support for the Insurance Industry
  • Electrical Safety and Accident Prevention