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James D. Madden, PE
Senior Forensic Engineer
8803 Brecksville Road,Suite 7-216
Cleveland, OH 44141
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ALL STATES
USA
phone: 440-838-1191
fax: 440-838-1192
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Regularly working in OH, PA, MI, NY & nearby states.
Available Nationwide

James D. Madden PE has over 40 years of experience as an Engineer including 17 years of Engineering Design, Industrial Operations, and Construction assistance, and 30 years of Forensic Engineering experience. Mr. Madden's background includes the application of mechanical and chemical engineering research, industrial operations, equipment design, and facilities design with emphasis on Safety Analysis, Safety Design, and Safety Operations.

Mr. Madden's Forensic Experience has been based on principles of mechanical and chemical engineering and the principles of:
  • Human Factors
  • Safety Design
  • Safeguarding, including Machine Guards
  • Warnings
  • Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices
Accidents Investigated Include:
  • Commercial / Industrial Equipment and Consumer Products
  • Chemicals, Gases, and Materials
  • Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
  • Hazardous Combustion, including Furnace & HVAC Malfunction with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Industrial, Commercial, and Construction Operations and Facilities
  • Building and Property safety - Slips, Trips, Falls
  • Traffic Accidents including Roadway Design and Condition
James Madden has prepared over 600 written reports and prepared over 60 affidavits in place of written reports in response to motions. He has provided testimony in over 90 discovery depositions and has testified in over 75 trials in local, state, and federal courts in several states. Mr. Madden's services include consultation, on-site investigation and data collection, and preliminary evaluation. He also provides calculations, testing, research, accident analysis, equipment and facilities analysis, accident reconstruction, and verbal and written reports. Mr. Madden's expert witness services are available for depositions, arbitrations, and trials.
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James J. Shields, PE
1036 Cornell Avenue
Drexel Hill PA 19026
USA
phone: 610-446-2215
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James J. Shields, PE - Mechanical Engineer

Engineering & Consulting Services based on over 45 years experience in the design, startup, and trouble-shooting of: piping systems, fluid machinery and auxiliary equipment (pumps, compressors, storage tanks, heat exchangers, filters, separators, valves) instrumentation, and controls in utility and industrial power plants.

Expert Witness Investigations / Reports / Testimony: Gaseous and Liquid fuels; Fuel Delivery Trucks; Natural Gas and Propane Systems and Storage Tanks; Residential / Commercial Oil and Gas-fired: Boilers, Furnaces, Heaters; Air Conditioning Plants; Electric Generators; Concrete Pumping Apparatus and Hoses; Domestic and Commercial Appliances; Water Softeners.

Failure Analysis: Natural Gas/Propane Explosions; Boilers; Furnaces; Hot Water Heaters; Pumps; Piping/Hoses/Plumbing; Automatic Control Devices; Log Splitters; Appliances - Gas Ranges, Washers, Dryers, Water Chillers.

Selected Litigation Experience:
  • Failures of combustion turbines
  • Pumping of concrete where delivery line separated, causing serious injury
  • Gasoline delivery truck where delivery line ruptured, resulting in fuel igniting causing serious injury
  • Residential central air conditioning plant
  • Two gasoline delivery trucks being simultaneously unloaded, which caught fire, resulting in a fatality
  • Failed industrial baking oven at a large supermarket chain in New Jersey
  • Residential natural gas explosions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Failures of filters, hydraulic pistons/accumulators, hoses, and tube fittings, etc.
8/10/2017 · Engineering
Case Synopsis - A family wanted to add a self-contained heater for their home living room for use upon the loss of in-home AC (Alternating Current) power. They went to a nearby Home & Building Supply store to select and purchase a heater. The store salesman recommended a kerosene heater, which could provide independent heat upon a loss of power. The salesman recommended a kerosene heater rated at 23,000 BTU/Hour, and as a feature of the heater sale, he assembled the heater and provided brief operating instructions on its use.

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PO Box 702
Jefferson City TN 37760
USA
phone: 865-471-8142
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Roger W. Griffith, P.E. has over 33 years of experience as a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in design, maintenance, and operation of mechanical systems. He specializes in the areas of Plumbing, HVAC, and Fire Sprinkler Systems Design.

As the principal of Griffith Engineering & Consulting for 17 years, his design experience with commercial and industrial projects includes convention centers, schools, office buildings, condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, churches, manufacturing facilities, medical buildings, restaurants, historic buildings, dormitories, fire halls, and maintenance facilities.

Litigation Support - Since 2002, Mr. Griffith has been providing forensic engineering, consulting, and expert witness services that are thorough, credible, and timely. He also assists clients through the mediation and arbitration process.

Mr. Griffith's expertise is available to plaintiff and defendant on the issues of plumbing, mechanical, and fire sprinkler system defects and failures. His expert testimony is based upon independent and impartial investigation, research, analysis, and testing. His services include written reports and the preparation of exhibits. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Areas of Expertise:
  • HVAC Design
  • Plumbing Design
  • Pipe Failures
  • Plumbing Component Failures
  • Sprinkler System Failures
  • Hot Water Systems / Scalding Water
  • Water Heater Failures
  • Gas Venting / Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Fuel Gas Fires and Explosions
  • Legionella
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    John E. Batey
    35 Fawn Rd.
    Easton CT 06612
    USA
    phone: 203-459-0353
    fax: 203-459-0282
    John Batey is a Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience related to Combustion Equipment Design, Testing and Performance Evaluation. He started and headed the combustion equipment research and development program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This program focused on testing and evaluating residential and commercial oil and gas heating equipment.

    As a consulting engineer, he completed many successful projects related to residential, commercial and industrial burner operation, adjustment, and efficiency improvement. He has supplied consulting services to many law firms, insurance companies, oilheat marketers and associations, oil and gas equipment manufacturers. He has served as Technical Director of the Oilheat Manufacturers Association (OMA) for the past ten years.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Carbon Monoxide injuries and deaths from oil and gas combustion equipment
  • Smoke and Soot Damage from Oil and Propane Equipment
  • Fuel Oil Leaks
  • Fires Related to Heating Equipment
  • Burn Injuries from Combustion Heating Equipment
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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