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John Chadwick
Aerosol Products Consultant
129 Harriman Hill Road
Raymond New Hampshire 03077
United States
phone: 6038950778
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AEROSOL TECHNICAL EXPERT with 30 years of AEROSOL INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE.

Mr. Chadwick is an aerosol products technical consultant, his areas of expertise include:
  • Designing and developing aerosol products & packaging systems.
  • Creating and implementing aerosol quality assurance programs.
  • Trouble-shooting technical issues in the lab and in the manufacturing environment.
  • In addition, Mr. Chadwick provides customized training programs in aerosol technology to industry marketers, manufacturers and suppliers.
ATS expert witness services include:
  • Technical support for case analysis & planning.
  • Aerosol product failure analysis
  • Expert reports, depositions, and testimony at trial if needed.
  • A complete CV and case list are available upon request.
  • Mr. Chadwick has a proven track record of successfully participating as an expert witness in court cases involving aerosol products and/or aerosol technology.

When the actuator is pressed on an aerosol can, the valve is opened, and a stream of liquid product travels thought the valve and exits the can.

This series, "Aerosol Anatomy," will dissect and examine various technical topics in aerosol technology, including product development, new technology, components of the aerosol system, and quality control.

This article continues the Aerosol Anatomy series, which dissects and examines various technical topics in aerosol technology, including product development, new technology, components of the aerosol system, and quality control of aerosol products.

This is a continuation of the Aerosol Anatomy series, which focuses on dissecting and examining various technical topics in aerosol technology, including product development, new technology, components of the aerosol system, quality control and other related topics of interest to formulators and manufacturers of aerosol products.

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John M. Agosti
President
Located in the Chicagoland area
IL 60084
USA
phone: 847-682-6793
fax: 847-487-8142
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Experienced in Fire Cause and Origin, Arson Prosecution and Defense, Product Subrogation, Fire and Building Codes, Life Safety Codes, Fire Injuries and Fatalities, as well as Fire Department Operations and Management.

With over 28 years of fire department experience and 15 years in the private sector, Mr. Agosti has completed over two thousand investigations of fires, explosions, and life safety incidents. He has testified in both federal and state courts for both plaintiff and defense clients.

John Michael Agosti & Associates provides assistance to insurance companies, attorneys and other agencies in the determination of cause and origin in fires and explosions.

Our goal is to provide independent and articulate findings to you the client, quickly and accurately.
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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
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    Leslie Noel
    Marketing Director
    Corporate Headquarters
    11321 Plantside Drive
    Louisville KY 40299
    USA
    phone: 800-482-5611
    fax: 502-267-6973
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    Donan, a family owned company founded in 1947, provides full-service Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Services. For over 60 years, Donan Engineering has been providing unbiased answers to their client’s complicated questions. Their team of licensed and experienced forensic experts provides investigative services in the fields of engineering investigations, fire and explosion origin & cause, roofing investigations, and component testing. The diversity of their multidisciplinary staff allows them to provide not only a complete service, but a complete service whose conclusions can be successfully and completely supported.

    Donan Engineering has become a richly diverse, industry leader with over 250 employees operating from 50 offices in 27 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia, and Oklahoma. Throughout their growth, Donan has maintained their commitment to providing exceptional customer service, unparalleled quality, unmatched integrity, and timely reporting. Most importantly, they pride ourselves on delivering their clients quality services at an affordable price.

    Services Include:
    Engineering Investigations
  • Bridges
  • Foundations and Basements
  • Geotechnical / Sink Holes
  • Lightning
  • Low and High Voltage
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Retaining Walls
  • Steel Construction
  • Trusses
  • Vehicle Mechanical Studies
  • Vibrations: Earthquakes and Blastings
  • Water Infiltration / Mold
  • Wood Frame Construction

  • Fire / Explosion Origin and Cause
  • Commercial Fires
  • Equipment Fires
  • Vehicle / Residential Fires

  • Roofing Investigations
  • Commercial
  • Residential - Asphalt Shingle
  • Residential - Slate, Tile, Etc.

  • Heavy Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Passenger Vehicles
  • 7/29/2016 · Forensics
    Most forensic investigation projects include a scope to determine the cause of some damage or condition. Project scopes often request determining the cause and origin of the damage. Since insurance policies contain descriptions of covered and non-covered situations, clearly specifying causes and origins is crucial for clients' coverage decisions. This article discusses the differences between and significance of these two important terms.

    4/18/2016 · Construction
    Brick masonry chimneys have been prevalent for centuries, but it wasnt until recent decades that brick-clad, wood-framed chimneys became common in residential construction. This trend resulted from the increasing popularity of metal insert fireplaces. While they may appear similar from the exterior, the structure and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys are very different than masonry-built chimneys. Prior to studying damage, it is important to understand critical elements in the structural support and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys and the types of damage that can result from improper construction.[1]

    Fires can be caused by devices that fail due to a manufacturer's defect. Quality assurance procedures have gone a long way to eliminate out-of-box failures but manufacturers sometimes bypass quality checks on consumer products for competitive reasons. Even the most ethical companies are susceptible to human error that can cause an almost imperceptible change in an otherwise flawless manufacturing procedure.

    As the days get shorter and temperatures turn milder, most HVAC systems are taking a well-earned vacation. For a short while, a cool breeze through open windows will be enough to keep us comfortable in our homes. But soon, homeowners will switch their thermostats from cooling mode to heating mode, and some of them will unfortunately discover their HVAC system does not heat. It's time to pull out those extra blankets and make the call to a service professional sooner than expected.

    12/21/2015 · Construction
    Wood bowstring trusses were used extensively in commercial buildings from the 1920s to the 1960s. Wood bowstring roof trusses provided long clear spans necessary in warehouse and industrial buildings. Many roofs supported by bowstring trusses are still in service today. Compared with other structural timber-truss types, bowstring trusses have exhibited more frequent structural problems. The structural deficiencies encountered are attributable to deficiencies in the original design of the trusses combined with damage due to exposure and age.

    9/28/2015 · Engineering
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a 2015 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It covers and assists in complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Association's requirements, including changes to requirements since the last edition. For personal safety in forensic studies it is important to stay informed of these updates. NFPA 70E covers arc flash risk assessment, establishment of arc flash boundaries, requirements of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), use of PPE within the arc flash boundary, and equipment labeling requirements regarding arc flash hazards. The following examples illustrate the importance of staying abreast of the latest standards.

    7/16/2015 · Construction
    History shows us that building codes have been around for a long time - in fact, the earliest known was around in 2000BC[1]. Penalties were also much harsher for construction defects. If a builder constructed a house that collapsed and killed the owner, the builder was not fined, but was put to death. The United States has been a country with diverse codes - as many as 5,000 at one time. More recently, however, various states and municipalities have adopted "model" codes such as the International Building Code or International Residential Code. These provide a "base" and may be used as written or an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) may amend certain parts of the model code, making it more stringent and/or specific for a certain area.

    5/14/2015 · Forensics
    Whether it is helping us formulate our opinion or confirming an initial diagnosis, technology plays a valuable role in forensic engineering work. Following are a few examples of existing technology available to Donan's project managers. Though not standard issue, these tools are utilized when necessary to accurately determine or confirm a cause of loss.

    There are many types, manufacturers, and sizes of commercial HVAC systems which can make it difficult to create general guidelines for repair procedures and estimates for hail-damaged units. This guide uses the most common "light commercial" rooftop units (RTUs), which are 5-tons, 7.5-tons, and 10-tons in capacity, for estimating time to repair or replace.

    Imagine for a moment that you are sitting in your home, listening to the rain while reading your favorite novel. Then suddenly you hear a roar of thunder and your home becomes dark. What just happened? You may have just experienced a power surge. Although lightning is not the most common cause of this phenomenon, it is excellent for illustrating what a power surge is and how it can affect your home. A power surge is a term used to describe a condition where the voltage and or current increases beyond its normal levels. Power surges, when due to the elevation of the voltage being supplied by the electrical utility company, have the potential to change data streams, interrupt electrical control circuits, burn out components, cause arcs, create shorts between conductors, overload systems, and cause system failures. The most common causes of power surges are indicated as follows:

    1/7/2015 · Construction
    Concrete is a desirable construction material due to its inherent strength and durability, which make it well-suited for many applications in residential and commercial construction, especially foundations, floor slabs, driveways, sidewalks, and roads, among other things. In these applications, concrete that is properly designed, mixed, placed, and maintained will perform exceptionally well for many years. However, poor design or mix, improper placement, finishing techniques, or inadequate maintenance may result in concrete that does not perform as intended. Aside from cracking, which is probably the most common form of distress to concrete, since virtually all concrete will crack as it cures, surface distress due to scaling, spalling, and popouts are the most common forms of damage.

    12/2/2014 · Construction
    The relationship between wind, hailstone velocity, and impact energy is based on an understanding of fundamental physics. Over a half century of laboratory research and field studies have determined that the severity of hail damage to a roofing material is contingent on the kinetic energy at the point of impact and the roofing material's resistance to that impact energy. These studies have found that a hailstone must be of a certain mass (i.e., size), and it must be traveling at a certain speed (velocity) to result in functional damage to the roofing material. The kinetic energy is a composition of mass and velocity, defined by the following equation:

    10/17/2014 · Construction
    Chances are, it's happened to you. An unexpected period of cold weather occurs and temperatures drop well below freezing for an extended period of time. One morning you attempt to turn the water on in the kitchen sink and...nothing. Hot water? Nope. Cold water? Nope. What happened? Did you forget to pay the water bill...again? Chances are, your pipes are frozen. "How can that happen? They are inside the house!", you may say; however, just because your water lines are inside the building envelope, does not mean they are adequately protected from freezing.

    9/4/2014 · Construction
    If hail impacts a roof covering and the effects of this impact result in some loss in the material's overall integrity or functionality, this material is classified as "hail damaged." More specifically for cedar shakes and shingles, valid hail damage is typically a new fracture of the cedar corresponding to a clean spot or scuff mark from the hailstone impact.

    7/25/2014 · Construction
    Although sags along roof ridgelines can be discovered at any time, in northern climates they are often attributed to the effects of a past snow load. To make an educated analysis of the actual cause of this phenomenon, one must have a basic understanding of the structure and the loads to which it has been subjected.

    Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems consist of many components that work in unison to create the desired comfort level for our homes and offices. A well maintained system is designed to last around 15 years, but the life can be dramatically reduced when proper installation procedures and routine maintenance are not performed.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    Ice dams and their resultant leaks are often a chronic and expensive problem in those regions where snow-covered roofs are a common occurrence. To understand their detection, cause, and prevention requires some understanding of the dynamics of a structure's construction, insulation, and ventilation.

    A space heater is a device designed to warm a small area. These devices are typically portable, but the category does include gas- and wood-fueled models that are permanently installed; however, these are not the focus of this article.

    3/12/2014 · Failure Analysis
    Washing machine failures can create significant damage, exposing insurers and their clients to property damage. These failures often involve a high volume of water and can occur without warning. Through the examination of several hundred washing machines, the DONAN Component Testing Laboratory has identified a statistically significant failure trend in General Electric (GE) washing machines. The amount of water supplied to the tub of the washing machine is controlled by a water valve (solenoid-controlled valve) and pneumatic controls. The washing machine's load selector is a pneumatic pressure switch, which activates and deactivates the water valve.

    2/10/2014 · Construction
    Shallow foundations are the most commonly designed and constructed structural foundation system. As opposed to deep foundations where structural loads are transferred to subsurface layers or multiple depth ranges, shallow foundations transfer loads to the earth (soil) relatively near to the ground surface. Some examples of shallow foundations include building components often seen in residential construction such as spread footings, continuous foundation walls and footings, slab-on-grade foundations, and mat-slab foundations.

    1/9/2014 · Construction
    After a tornado event, devastation and destruction are found along the tornado path. Due to the wood-framed construction predominant in Texas and Oklahoma, extensive damage to a house can occur. But how do you know whether visible cracks in the Sheetrock or brick finishes are just cosmetic damage or the signs of structural failure?

    12/10/2013 · Fires & Explosions
    Automatic fire suppression systems are by far the most effective and safest means of preventing extensive fire damage and saving lives. For this discussion, we will touch on automatic sprinkler systems (building systems) and kitchen hood suppression systems. These systems range from very simple to extremely complex.

    10/23/2013 · Construction
    Summertime rolls around and people start seeing condensation on ductwork. Their first thought is that something is wrong with their air conditioner. Actually, sweating ducts have several causes. Very few are attributable to defective air conditioners.

    10/4/2013 · Engineering
    In urban and suburban areas, stormwater systems are found everywhere. From surface waterways, such as rivers, streams, and ditches, to subsurface drainage systems, such as storm sewers and culverts, stormwater systems are as ubiquitous as concrete, which is one of the reasons they are so important (Figure 1). Impervious surfaces like concrete, pavement, and roofs prevent stormwater from naturally absorbing into the ground, and the resulting runoff can cause flooding, erosion, and subsequent structural damage.

    For many years, the fire investigation industry has seen numerous fires involving livestock buildings. These fires are often high profile, especially when masses of animals are lost or injured. Many times these losses are in older structures with neglected electrical and/or heating systems. Given the interior environment, corrosion and degradation to electrical and heating components are common.

    8/16/2013 · Construction
    Cupping, buckling, and crowning are three common problems encountered in wood flooring (flooring). These problems are caused by a combination of the normal material characteristics of the flooring and improper installation of the flooring.

    7/31/2013 · Waterproofing
    While shovels, snowblowers, plows, and deicing agents are used to clear snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks during the winter, removing frozen precipitation from the roof of a house is a bit more challenging. As snow and ice piles up on the roof and subsequently thaws out, the melt-water can sometimes result in damage to the interior of the structure.

    7/15/2013 · Construction
    "Hail has damaged my concrete driveway!" How many times have you heard this claim? A homeowner whose house has experienced a recent severe hailstorm starts to notice things they never noticed before around their house.

    A Donan fire investigator uses many techniques in order to determine the origin and cause of a fire. Chief among these are the investigator's observations of the scene and the conditions surrounding the scene.

    In this age of high energy costs, the price of heating the house will increase. People will be searching for alternate sources to heat their houses.

    4/24/2013 · Construction
    In our October 2010 newsletter, Bob Whelan, P.E., discussed how to approach a roof hail study by using the scientific method. In summary, one should perform a collateral study of the property, or neighboring properties, to gather information about the particular hailstorm in question.

    3/21/2013 · Construction
    Whether to build a residence on a concrete slab or conventional crawlspace foundation is a common decision homeowners must make.

    2/13/2013 · Construction
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    Is construction vibration just an annoyance, or does it have the potential to cause aesthetic and structural damage to nearby structures?

    1/7/2013 · Construction
    Attic ventilation problems can cause elevated relative humidity in an unheated, residential attic. Elevated relative humidity in the attic can promote mold growth and increase the moisture content in the wood framing to a level that promotes fungal growth and rotting.

    11/30/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Every year, Donan Engineering is asked to look at dozens of basement walls that have failed. A wall is determined to have "failed" when the structural integrity is compromised - such as with the development of a horizontal or vertical crack.

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    Dr. Paul Eason, PE, CFEI
    4600 Touchton Road,Building 100, Suite 150
    Jacksonville FL 32246
    USA
    phone: 904-279-9300 or 888-504-5454
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    Paul Eason is a Licensed Engineer, Nationally Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Forensic Consultant. His expertise comes from a strong background in industry and academia. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Florida, and maintains a graduate faculty appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Florida.

    Dr. Eason has testified in numerous trials and depositions in the following practice areas: Product Design & Manufacturing Analysis, Metallurgy & Materials, Fire & Explosions and Industrial Accidents

    Areas of Expertise:

    Product liability and failure analysis, Product Defect & Safety Issues including: Metals, Plastics, Glass, Ceramics, Corrosion, Fatigue, Overload & Material Selection

    Fire and Explosion analysis including: cause and origin determination, product related fire causation, industrial process accidents, dust explosions, welding/brazing accidents
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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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    Metts HardyE. Metts Hardy, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CHMT has more than 36 years of experience conducting fire service and insurance-related investigations, specializing in Fires and Explosions in Residential and Commercial Properties, Vehicles etc.

    He is the Practice Leader of the Fire Investigation Division within EFI Global. He assisted in the development of the company's standardized Fire FACS reporting system and makes regular updates to enhance performance and quality.

    Mr. Hardy has conducted in excess of 3,000 fire origin and cause investigations. He has attended and instructed numerous seminars and continuing education programs related to fire investigation and NFPA 921 for the public and private sector.

    Mr. Hardy provides expert witness testimony in state and federal courts in origin and causes of fires and explosions in Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. He services are available to insurance companies and attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Incendiarism
    • Liability
    • Origin and Cause
    • Subrogation
    • Failure Analysis
    Selected Project Experience:
    • Fire Investigation (TN) - Origin and cause investigation, four story nursing home, multiple fatalities. Investigation included fire dynamics and fire spread, and failure analysis to determine the fire cause
    • Personal Injury Defense (TN) - origin and cause investigation into a gas leak and ensuing fire that critically burned a construction worker. Investigation determined that incident was result of negligence of individual filing suit
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, #304063
    • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI, # 04-112034, 2011
    • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI, #3808-544, 1992
    • Certified Fire Causation Instructor, Tennessee State Fire School, 1991
    • Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Georgia Institute of Technology, #1000, 1992
    • Licensed Private Investigator, Tennessee, #0000086, South Carolina,#PCD1513; Georgia, #04198
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    What does the insurer do once the fire is out? Normally, the property loss notice is submitted by the insured as soon as possible to begin the adjustment process, collect for damages, and get life back in order. The insurer takes this information and relates it to the adjuster, who then investigates and settles the claim. In fire losses, many times the adjuster will seek the services of a fire investigator or other expert to assist in determining the cause of loss so he or she can make an informed decision as to how to proceed with adjusting the claim. But the expert assigned to a certain loss can make all the difference in the world in how a claim is settled and whether there is an avenue for recovery of insurance funds or protection in potential liability claims.

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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
    View EFI Global's Consulting Profile.
    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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    Stephen R. Henshaw, PG, President & CEO
    Jeff Carnahan, LPG, Vice President & CTO
    602 N. Capitol Avenue
    Indianapolis IN 46204
    USA
    phone: 866-888-7911
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    EnviroForensics® is the leading Environmental Engineering company in the country addressing environmental liabilities and finding funding by locating and bringing to your defense old insurance policies. EnviroForensics® has pioneered and perfected the utilization of Comprehensive General Liability insurance policies as a resource to pay for the high costs associated with Soil and Groundwater Investigations, Remediations, and Legal Defense.

    Litigation Support –EnviroForensics®' tenured team of experts, ranging from defense attorneys to plaintiff attorneys, have served the legal community on over 100 matters. They investigate and provide defensible data to lawyers who must meet the demands and requirements of litigation and settlement, insurance claims coverage, and governmental regulations.

    EnviroForensics® provides environmental assessment and due diligence services for commercial and residential developers, property management companies, real estate investment trusts, brownfield developers, financial institutions, law firms, and governmental agencies.

    EnviroForensics® has provided testifying and non-testifying expertise on the following issues:
    • Geology
    • Geochemistry
    • Soil and Groundwater Investigations
    • Environmental Risk Assessments
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Environmental Impact Studies
  • Clean Water Act Violations
  • Stephen Henshaw Environmental Forensics Expert PhotoStephen R. Henshaw, PG, President, CEO, serves as client manager and technical manager on numerous high profile and complex projects involving soil and groundwater quality impacts, permitting, and hazardous waste handling and management practices. He provides technical direction and supervises a staff of geologists, engineers, hydrogeologists, and scientists on projects associated with site characterization, remedial design, remedial implementation, waste-to-energy, system operation, facility management, document management, and litigation support.

    Mr. Henshaw has over 30 years of experience, specializing in asset management, legal and forensic support, regulatory compliance, soil and groundwater investigations, waste-to-energy, planning and permitting, and the design and operation of remediation systems, human health and ecological risk assessments, and insurance coverage of long tail liabilities. He has experience in a variety of geological settings including alluvial deposits, fractured bedrock, glacial outwash, wetlands, and landslides.

    Mr. Henshaw’s expertise includes a strong knowledge of industrial operations, past and current industry practices and procedures, fate and transport of chemicals in soil, soil gas and groundwater, and regulatory compliance and permitting. He has worked as a testifying expert on behalf of innocent landowners and facility operators at several sites impacted by past industrial activities and continues to provide technical and litigation support on RCRA and CERCLA cost recovery matters.

    Jeff Carnahan Environmental Forensics Expert PhotoJeff Carnahan, LPG, VP, CTO, is a Licensed Professional Geologist (LPG) with over 18 years of environmental consulting and remediation experience. Mr. Carnahan's expertise has focused on the investigation and interpretation of subsurface releases of hazardous substances for the purpose of evaluating and controlling the risk and cost implications to his clients.

    While managing sites ranging in size from retail gas stations and dry cleaners to large manufacturing facilities, Mr. Carnahan has amassed extensive experience working with releases of chlorinated solvents within voluntary and enforcement cleanup programs for various State agencies and the U.S. EPA.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Carnahan has provided technical support to the legal community regarding the cause, origin, transport, and potential cost of environmental releases. Additionally, Mr. Carnahan has over 14 years of experience in the investigation and mitigation of vapor intrusion issues and leads the EnviroForensics®' team of full-time VI experts. His distinctive expertise, experience, and forensic talents make Mr. Carnahan a valued strategic partner for his clients on environmental contamination and liability issues.

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    8/17/2016 · Geology
    The question is often posed, "How much will it cost to clean up contamination at a drycleaner?" Invariably the answer is, it depends. Factors that come into play include, but are not limited to, the concentration of VOCs present in the subsurface, whether or not the groundwater is impacted, the depth to groundwater, how far the contamination has spread, whether the cleanup will be focused on residential or commercial land use, and the type of geology and stratigraphy underlying the site. This article focuses on how clayey soils affect cleanup considerations.

    6/21/2016 · Environment
    The fundamental, hard-fast goals of a subsurface remediation project are to stop any current human or ecological exposure; and to avoid any potential future human or ecological exposure. Here are some of the basic concepts and economic considerations used to determine effective site cleanup strategies to attain regulatory closure at contaminated sites.

    5/5/2016 · Environment
    Selecting an environmental consultant can be a daunting task and for small business owners that do not have day-to-day exposure with soil and groundwater contamination it's very difficult to know the difference between consultants. This article is meant to shed light on the differences between environmental consultants and to present the different methods for selecting an environmental consultant. It's my goal to show people that selecting the right consultant for your situation is a very important decision and should not be taken lightly. If a business person doesn't know that there are differences between environmental consultants, countless hours and dollars may be wasted, projects could drag on and site closure could be a distant glimmer.

    3/1/2016 · Environment
    Vapor Intrusion, or VI, occurs when contamination beneath the ground emits toxic vapors that can travel through the soil and enter the interior spaces of houses and buildings. The types of contamination most commonly associated with VI concerns are industrial solvents like chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs), and petroleum products like gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency just released final guidance on vapor intrusion issues, which regulates how inhalation exposures from VI are assessed and controlled.

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    Robert Malanga, P.E.
    President
    9 Flintlock Drive, Suite 100
    Long Valley, NJ 07853
    NJ, NY, PA, MA, CT, DE, RI, ME, NH, VT
    USA
    phone: 908-876-3255
    fax: 908-876-4299
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    Fire & Risk Engineering provides Fire Protection and Risk Management solutions for projects involving industrial, commercial, institutional, mercantile, transportation, educational, residential, and complex public facilities. They apply scientific laws to fire analyses in order to form a solid foundation for indisputable arguments. In addition, Fire & Risk Engineering provides the experience to identify, interpret and explain the relevant codes, standards, regulations and industry practice that affect the determination of responsibility.

    Robert Malanga, P.E., holds degrees in Fire Protection Engineering as well as in Technology Management and the Electrical/Electronic field. For over 28 years, Mr. Malanga has dedicated his career and avocations to Fire Protection, Life Safety and Risk Management. As a result, he is experienced in analyzing the development and spread of Fires and Explosions as well as evaluating the design and performance of fire protection systems. He has provided expert testimony on the subjects of fire and explosion phenomena; cause and origin; fire behavior, spread and development; design, adequacy and performance of public/private fire protection systems; fire prevention; fire protection and building codes; fire resistant construction and fire safe building design.

    Services Include:
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Protection Systems Evaluation
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Risk Management Consulting
  • Master Planning Program Development
  • Life Safety and Building Code Consulting
  • Risk Assessment and Fire Defense Evaluations
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    Jim Hunter, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI
    7490 Bridgewater Road
    Dayton OH 45424
    USA
    phone: 937-237-4000
    fax: 937-237-4022
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    Fire and Explosion Consultants, LLC is a privately owned and operated Forensic Fire Investigation Company providing fire and explosion consulting services including origin and cause investigations, forensic and electrical engineering services, evidence storage services, litigation support and consultations. FEC is licensed in eight states throughout the Midwest. FEC offers twelve Certified Fire Investigators, two Certified Evidence Collection Technicians, one Professional Engineer, and three full-time office staff. FEC’s office provides a climate-controlled warehouse and laboratory for evidence storage and analysis. Our experts and office staff are available 24 hours a day to assist you. The Truth is Within the Ashes!

    Jim Hunter, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI has attended more than 100 fire investigation courses, including those from federal agencies, across the United States. He has studied Firefighting, Fraud Fire Investigations, Origin and Cause Investigations, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Post Blast Investigations, Vehicle Fire Investigations, and courtroom testimony. He has testified as an expert witness on origin and cause investigations in Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, Grand Jury, Preliminary Hearings, Juvenile Court, and Depositions in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. These proceedings involve both criminal and civil trials.

    Scott Bennett, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CFII, CVFI has traveled around the United States to attend fire investigation courses in these areas: field of Origin and Cause Investigation, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Explosive Devices, Post Blast Investigations, and courtroom testimony. Scott retired from the Dayton Fire Department where he was assigned to the Regional Fire Investigation Unit as a Senior Fire Investigator. In the courtroom, Scott has testified as an expert in Federal Court, Common Pleas Court, and Municipal Court in multiple states. His testimonial experience includes depositions, grand jury appearances, preliminary hearings, and juvenile court proceedings, during both criminal and civil trials.

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    Capt. Walter P. Godfrey, Jr.
    Senior Fire & Explosion Expert
    P.O. Drawer 307
    Cape Canaveral FL 32920
    USA
    phone: 321-868-7890
    fax: 321-868-0132
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    Captain Walter P. Godfrey, Jr. Is the founder and president of Fire Reconstruction Consultants, Inc. He has over 30 years of Fire & Explosion experience in Marine and over 40 years of Investigative experience with Structures, Vessels, Vehicles, and much more. Capt. Godfrey has investigated and testified in numerous fire cases involving multi-million dollar losses. In addition, he has been the lead investigator on more than 1,500 vessel fire investigations and lead investigator in over 2000 vehicle / structure cases.

    He is a Nationally Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a Nationally Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a National Board Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist and a U.S. Coastguard 100-ton master licensed Captain.

    Capt. Godfrey shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching seminars on structure fires and surface and sub surface vessel fires for insurance underwriters, claims personnel, attorneys, and investigative arms of various government agencies as well as civic and professional groups.

    Services include:
  • Commercial & Residential Structures and Vehicles - Origin & Cause Investigations
  • Failure Analysis and Forensic Specialization: Electrical, Metallurgical, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Structural, Chemical Testing
  • Marine & Security: Underwater Investigative Services, Underwater Training, Planning, Implementation & Management for Security
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD
    Forensic Chemist
    27 Willow Pkwy
    New Windsor NY 12553
    USA
    phone: 845-742-6967
    fax: 845-561-9291
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD, is a Forensic Chemist with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Macri provides investigations, technical, and scientific analyses and serve as an expert witness in the areas of:
    • Chemical Identification / Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Chemical Reactions and Products
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Accidents resulting from Incompatible / Unstable Chemical Mixtures
    • Chemical Overexposure Risks and Assessments
    • Safe Chemical Exposure Limits
    • Safe Use, Handling, and Storage of Flammable and Corrosive Materials and Chemicals
    • Consumer Product Liability
    • Consumer Products Design Defects
    • Investigations of Unsafe Chemical Products
    Litigation Support - Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. His services include expert reports, rebuttal reports, affidavits, and supporting documents. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Chemical Accidents Resulting from Incompatible chemical mixtures
    • Chemical Identification of Unknown Substances Causing Slip and Fall Accidents
    • Sampling, Testing, and Chemical Investigations
    • Industrial Chemical Applications
    • Environmental Regulations, Air & Water Emissions, Pollution Control
    • Chemical reactions, precious metal recovery processes
    • Chemical Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Soil, Wastewater, and Groundwater Contamination
    • Chemical Plant Production and Operation
    • Chemical Forensic Investigations
    • Design defects & chemical accidents resulting from consumer products
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    W. James (Jim) Wilkinson, PE
    3520 Holiday Drive
    Suite D
    New Orleans LA 70114
    USA
    phone: 504-361-0067
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    W. James Wilkinson Oil Gas Engineering Expert PhotoW. James (Jim) Wilkinson, PE, provides consulting and engineering services related to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production. His decades of experience in the oil and gas industry include construction, maintenance, regulatory compliance, safety management, and emergency planning. He has worked in over 40 countries on all continents with active oil exploration.

    Mr. Wilkinson is a Recognized Expert in:
    • Mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) rig design, construction, planned maintenance, support services, and operation
    • Land drilling, support services, and operations
    • Bottom supported rigs
    • Deep water station keeping by dynamic positioning and spread mooring
    • Deep water drilling operations
    • Well designs
    • Safe drilling practices in open hole and cased hole
    • Design, testing and maintenance of sub-sea and surface well control systems
    • Well control training; regulatory compliance
    • Operational audits
    • Contract negotiation and administration
    • Corporate management
    Litigation Support - With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Wilkinson provides expert testimony as a petroleum engineer experienced in development and exploration. He has provided testimony in Louisiana State Court and Federal Court. Mr. Wilkinson offers services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases have included the following issues:
    • Oil Company Contract Disputes
    • Damages Calculations
    • Personal Injury
    • Oil Well Drilling & Production
    • Oil Well Control
    • Oil & Gas Operations
    • Oil & Gas Well Completions
    • Rig Moves
  • Product Liability
  • Maritime & Shipyard Accidents
  • Mooring & Station Keeping
  • Oil & Gas Fires
  • Oil & Gas Accidents
  • Fitness for Service on Oil & Gas Wells
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Hurricane Damage
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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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    Capt. Mike Jacobs
    S. Douglas Devoy
    4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 160
    Houston TX 77027
    USA
    phone: 800-231-2375 or (713) 622-1633
    fax: 713-622-1644
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    douglas devoyS. Douglas Devoy has over 30 years experience in Marine and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry acting as Senior Vice President / Director of Matthews-Daniel Company, Houston, Texas with worldwide group responsibility for Marine Surveys. He supervises staff and performs all types of Marine related Surveys including Wet and Dry Ocean Transport of Rigs, Structures, Modules and Equipment, Trip-in-Tow Surveys, Loss Investigations, Safety and Valuation Surveys or Marine Equipment and Warranty Surveys, and Location Approvals.

    Mr. Devoy has Coordinated Salvage Efforts and Negotiated Salvage Contracts on behalf of Underwriters and Owners. He has also supervised all aspects of Ocean Tows / Voyages including all Engineering Aspects. Adjusting Marine and Energy Related Losses.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Surveying of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Marine Accident Investigation Naval Architecture
    • Marine Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Accident Investigation and Loss Adjustment for Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Valuations for Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Assets


    mike jacobsMichael A. Jacobs has over 40 years experience in the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Industries including an Active Seagoing Career as an Deck Officer on Tankers and Bulk Carriers, Terminal Controller in a Container Terminal responsible for the Loading and Discharging of Ocean-Going Container Vessels, and Master / Offshore Installation Manager of Semi-Submersible Drilling Rigs. Capt.Jacobs is also a Marine Surveyor involved with all types of surveys in the offshore industry including Towages, Heavy Lift Transportation, Damage Surveys, Installation of Oil Related Structures, Modules and Equipment, Rig Move Attendance and Rig Location Approval.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Operations in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Admiralty; Accidents Involving Dock, Shipboard and Offshore Cranes
    • Anchor-handling, Towing and Mooring Incidents
    • Swing Rope and Personnel Basket Worker Transfer Accidents
    • Cargo and Cargo Container Damage
  • Pipeline Damage
  • Hurricane and Heavy Weather Damage
  • Mooring System Failures
  • Anchor-handling Operational Failures
  • Towing System failures
  • Rig Moves
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
  • Collision
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