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Randy D. Horsak, PE
Environmental Forensics Expert
PO Box 941735
Houston TX 77094
USA
phone: 281-752-6700
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Randy D. Horsak, PE is a scientist and registered Professional Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in all phases of Environmental Science and Engineering. President of 3TM Consulting, LLC, Mr. Horsak provides consulting in the areas of environmental engineering, geology and hydrogeology, ecology, land use, human and ecological risk assessment, and remediation and decontamination.

Litigation Support - Mr. Horsak supports attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His clients include industrial and commercial companies, attorneys, land owners and realtors, toxicologists and medical doctors, and other consultants.

Environmental Projects Including:
  • Air Pollution
  • Ambient Air Quality Testing
  • Noise
  • Soil and Sediment
  • Groundwater and Surface Water
  • Water Treatment and Purification
  • Contaminated Dust
  • Ecosystems
  • Sites and Facilities
    • Abandoned Sites
    • Hazardous Waste Management Facilities
    • Refineries and Chemical Plants
    • Fossil and Nuclear Power Plants
    • Geothermal Energy Plants
  • Manufacturing and Commercial Facilities
  • Pipelines
  • Power Transmission Lines
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Public and Private Properties
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    Clinton J. Ford, MS, ACA, CGC, CIAQM, CIE, CMR, CRMI
    21219 Northwest 70th Ave.
    Alachua FL 32615
    USA
    phone: 386-462-9144, 866-784-2597, 352 514-1087 (Cell)
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    Clinton J. Ford, MS, ACA, CGC, CIAQM, CIE, CMR, CRMI, has over 30 years of Construction experience and has obtained both field experience and education in the following four distinct but often related disciplines of Construction, Environmental, Real Estate, and Insurance.

    Mr. Ford served 25 years as a State Certified General Contractor working on projects ranging from $5,000 to $50,000,000 and has spent over 20 years providing construction consulting and expert witness services.

    Mr. Ford holds many titles with decades of experience in the construction/environmental industries and was a former continuing Educations Sponsor for the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board.

    Over the years, Mr. Ford has combined his extensive construction knowledge with cause and origin of water intrusion and environmental issues offering an exceptional understanding of Building Science and its relationship to contamination from biological agents such as Toxic Mold, Mycotoxins, Bacteria, and Endotoxin’s.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Ford offers attorneys consulting and litigation support assistance in Building Construction and Environmental Claims that have resulted in property damage, personal injury, and/or wrongful death. He offers pre-litigation counseling, damage and loss estimating, forensic building construction investigation and analysis, pre-trial and trail consulting services and trial testimony. He individually tailors preparation for each case in order to provide the greatest benefit and impact in either a defensive of offensive posture.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Building Codes / Building Permits
    • Building Construction
    • Construction Accidents
    • Construction Safety
    • Construction Claims
    • Building Contractor Termination
    • Licensure Issues
  • Construction Cost Estimates / Analysis
  • Water Leaks / Moisture Intrusion
  • Contamination
  • Environmental Damage
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Mold & Fungal Causation
  • Property Damage Assessment
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    12/29/2010 · Construction
    Through a referral from an Architect, a school teacher called Clinton J. Ford P.A. with questions concerning the construction of their new two-story home.

    12/29/2010 · Construction
    A local Mortgage Company referred an Attorney to one of their clients because they were having construction problems. Their clients did not want the final disbursements made until these issues were resolved.

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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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    David Wilshaw, MS, PG
    President
    P.O. Box 783547
    Winter Garden FL 34778
    USA
    phone: 407-342-7737
    David Wilshaw, MS, PG has over 33 years of experience in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics, Hydrogeology and Geoenvironmental assessments. Established in 2012, his company Britannia Solutions LLC has continuously provided Sinkhole Neutral Evaluation and expert geological opinions to insurance carriers, private individuals, corporations and their respective legal advisers. Mr. Wilshaw offers services as a professional geologist and expert witness with respect to disputed sinkhole insurance claims and many other specialized areas of engineering geology, specifically Slope Failures, Underground Mining Subsidence and the Adequacy of Ground Investigations in relation to claims under construction contracts.

    David Wilshaw has been a Florida DFS-certified Neutral Evaluator under §627.7074 Florida Statutes since 2011. He is licensed as a Professional Geologist in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and is registered as a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society in the United Kingdom. He has been Adjunct Professor of Earth Science since 2015. In the last 8 years, he has been the statutory Professional Geologist under s.627.707 Florida Statutes for over 850 cause of subsidence investigations related to sinkhole loss claims across Florida, from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys.

    Litigation Services Include:
    • Testifying Expert at Deposition over 120 times.
    • Testifying Expert at Trial over 30 times.
    • Neutral Evaluation of over 135 Disputed Sinkhole Insurance Claims in accordance with Section 627.7074 Florida Statutes
    • Peer review and expert opinion to defense and plaintiff attorneys on over 2,000 disputed claims for sinkhole loss
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    Michael J. Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS
    6368 North Figarden Drive, Suite 104
    Fresno CA 93722
    USA
    phone: 559-623-2418
    fax: 510-350-9031
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    Michael Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS, a US Army Veteran, has over 16 years of experience in both Industrial Hygiene and Safety Disciplines. His professional credentials include Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Registered Environmental Health Specialist by the State of California Department of Public Health.

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

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

    Litigation Support - Michael J. Puckett is retained as an expert witness for various cases ranging from wrongful death civil cases to Cal/OSHA Appeals to trial attorneys representing homeowners against their homeowners’ insurance companies. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include documentary review, deposition, and expert testimony at hearing.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Safety
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Exposure Assessment
    • Cal / OSHA Compliance Assistance
    • Job Safety / Job Hazard Analysis
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health Illness Investigation
  • Environmental Health / Food Safety Audits
  • Training
  • Mold
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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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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG
    229 Tewksbury Ave.
    Point Richmond California 94801
    USA
    phone: 510-590-1098
    fax: 510-232-2823
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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG, has over 30 years of experience as a Geologist / Hydrogeologist and licensed contractor focused on answering geologic, environmental impairment, and forensic questions. He is a certified hydrogeologist in California and Washington and a Professional Geologist in California and several other states.

    A Fulbright Senior Scholar with 4 awards in environmental engineering and science, his projects relate to collecting, describing, and analyzing Soil, Rock, Groundwater, Vapor, and Stormwater samples, summarizing the data and creating useful technical information and cost recovery statements for decision makers or settlements. His other projects relate to peer review and contractor evaluation projects.

    Mr. Jacobs has provided litigation services in the investigation and analysis of cases involving contamination by hydrocarbon and solvent spills and leaks, erosion, flooding, and related issues. He has provided testimony assisting with many settlement conferences. Mr. Jacobs is qualified to testify in municipal, state, and Federal courts.

    Litigation Support and Expert Witness:
    • Perform litigation and technical support for various environmental and engineering cases from evaluating remediation history to well damage to erosion control
    • Estimate reasonable and necessary remedial costs for settlement conferences
    • Serve as an objective peer reviewer
    • Expert witness testimony on environmental cases
    Since 2002, Mr. Jacobs has been an elected director of two public agencies, a local sewer district, and a community services district. As such he is interested in I&I issues and sewer gas and volatile contaminant vapor intrusion into indoor air spaces via ineffective vapor seals on fixtures or dry P-traps in buildings. He performs cost allocations for environmental litigation, and also provides oil and gas production verification.

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    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Put together by a team of scientists, engineers, regulators, and lawyers, the Chromium(VI) Handbook consolidates the latest literature on this topic. The broad scope of this book fills the need for a comprehensive resource on chromium(VI), improving the knowledge of this contaminant at a time when the extent and degree of the problem is still being assessed. It addresses naturally occurring and anthropogenic sources, geology and geochemistry, toxicity, treatment, regulatory issues and legal cases, and recommendations.
    James A. Jacobs, et al
    Provides the tools needed to analyze and solve acid drainage problem. Featuring contributions from leading experts in science and engineering, this book explores the complex biogeochemistry of acid mine drainage, rock drainage, and acid sulfate soils. It describes how to predict, prevent, and remediate the environmental impact of acid drainage and the oxidation of sulfides, offering the latest sampling and analytical methods. Moreover, readers will discover new approaches for recovering valuable resources from acid mine drainage, including bioleaching.
    James A. Jacobs, et al
    The definitive guide to petroleum hydrocarbon fuel spill and leak causes, prevention, response, and cost recovery.It highlights the complex nature of petroleum hydrocarbon fuel extraction methods, the unintended consequences when disasters occur, spill behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. This practical resource discusses engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental effects; dealing with insurance claims, litigation, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions; and much more.
    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Written by an expert team of scientists, engineers, and toxicologists, MTBE: Effects on Soil and Ground-Water Resources provides complete in-depth coverage of the assessment and potential remediation strategies of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).
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    Dr. William R. Sawyer PhD, D-ABFM, D-ABFE
    29 Fennell Street
    Skaneateles, NY 13152
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    All States
    USA
    phone: 800-308-0080 (toll free) or 315-685-2345
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    Dr. William R. Sawyer is a Professional Toxicologist with a doctorate in toxicology from Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and has over 29 years of extensive experience in Public Health and Forensic Toxicology with specialized expertise in causation analyses (plaintiff and defendant) including Alcohol toxicology, Drugs-of-Abuse, Pharmaceuticals, Herbal Products, Dioxins, Solvents, Heavy Metals, Crude Oil, and other Chemicals. Dr. Sawyer has testified in trial or deposition in over 30 states including NY, MA, CT, PA, RI, NH, DE, NJ, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, MO, KY, IN, IL, WI, MI, OH, MN, MT, WA, CA, TX, OK.

    As a skilled scientist and communicator in the area of toxic tort, Dr. Sawyer provides services to governmental agencies, corporations, select plaintiffs or defendants. Dr. Sawyer currently serves as Chief Toxicologist for TCAS, LLC and served for 23 years as an Assistant Professor (adjunct) with the Department of Medicine, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. Dr. Sawyer also has approximately 14 years experience as a licensed clinical and environmental laboratory director in several states.

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    TCAS Services and Expertise:
    • Alcohol Toxicology
    • Analytical Testing
    • Asbestos Toxicology
    • Birth Defects
    • Carcinogenesis
    • Causation Assessments
    • Chemical Toxicology
    • Carbon Monoxide
  • Dioxin Toxicology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Laboratory Services
  • Mass Toxic Tort
  • Medical Malpractice - Pharmaceuticals
  • Petroleum Toxicology
  • Forensic Source ID
  • Qualifications & Experience
    • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine (D-ABFM) and American Board of Forensic Examiners (D-ABFE)
    • Academic Affiliations- Medical School Faculty (adjunct)
    • Government Experience - Public Health Toxicologist
    • Toxic Tort Causation / Determination - Defense, Plaintiff
    • Experienced Clinical and Environmental Laboratory Director
    • Considerable Experience with Mass Toxic Torts
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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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    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dr. John C. Fetzer, PhD
    Founder and Principal
    P. O. Box 942
    Pinole CA 94564
    USA
    phone: 510-724-8629
    fax: 510-724-0956
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    Dr. John C. Fetzer, PhD offers over 20 years of expertise in Analytical Chemistry, focusing on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Petroleum and its Products, Chromatography, and UV and Fluorescence Spectroscopy. He served as the president of the International Society on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds for two years and has given presentations on the subject in countries around the world. His clients include Battelle, Air Products, Chevron, Shell, US EPA, NASA, the American Petroleum Institute, among others.

    Dr. Fetzer is the topical editor for analytical chemistry for the journal Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds. He has published over 140 technical and review articles and book chapters, holds three US patents on PAH chemistry and analysis, and is the author of The Chemistry and Analysis of the Large (C>=24C) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (Wiley-Interscience, 2000) and Career Management for Chemists (Springer, 2004).

    Dr. Fetzer has experience helping attorneys assess the scientific strengths and weakness of their potential cases, writing expert reports, giving depositions and in giving in-court testimony, and helping craft arguments for appeals. Dr. Fetzer writes thoroughly and supports his testimony with sound scientific references and judgement. He is very articulate and personable when giving testimony. Dr. Fetzer has also served as an expert witness under oath for review by government agencies.

    A list of depositions and testimonies is available upon request.

    Services Offered:
    • Environmental Analysis - Data Quality, Chemical Analysis Solutions, Work with Laboratories
    • Explain Chemistry of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - Occurrence, Sources, Degradation, Oxidation, Synthesis, Physical Properties, etc.
    • Develop New Analyses for Crude Oil, Petroleum Products, PAHs, Environmental Concerns
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    John C. Fetzer, PhD
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    Dr. Christopher D. Dore, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, provides expert witness services in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Cultural Resource / Heritage Management. His expert services focus on the investigation, damage assessment, and valuation of damage resulting from impacts to archaeological resources under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and other laws. He has trial, deposition, litigation, and consultation experience on major, controversial, high-profile cases.

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    Dr. Dore is accomplished, credible, and well recognized in the archaeological community. He has held faculty positions at five major research universities and received research grants from sources including the National Science Foundation. Dr. Dore is the president-elect of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, archaeology's standards and credentialing organization. He also has served as the president and as a director of the American Cultural Resources Association. Additionally, he has served as the treasurer and as a director of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), is the recipient of an SAA Presidential Award, and was the inaugural editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology. Dr. Dore specializes in the archaeology of the southwest United States, California, and Mexico.
    The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 6,800 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector.

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    This chapter provides an archaeological perspective on the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA).

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