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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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    Bo Mitchell
    20 Indian Hill Road
    Wilton CT 06897
    USA
    phone: 203-563-9999 or Cell: 203-984-7931
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    911 Consulting specializes in Emergency Preparedness, Training, Drills and Exercises for corporations, campuses and medical facilities. 911 Consulting gives you practical solutions for preventing likely incidents, preparing for emergencies, responding to a crisis and resuming operations. We create a custom emergency plan, train your personnel, and stage drills to make sure you're ready.

    Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired in February 2001 to found 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises for organizations like GE HQ, Hyatt HQ, MasterCard HQ, four colleges and universities plus 25 secondary schools. He serves clients headquartered from Boston to LA working in their facilities from London to San Francisco. Bo has earned 21 certifications in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Safety and Security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally.

    Bo is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Continuity Professional and Certified in Homeland Security.

    Professional Designations: CEM, CPP, CBCP, CHS-V, CSI-ML, HSEEP, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CIPS, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CMC.
    Most organization leaders believe their emergency plans are state-of-the-art. When, in fact, their plans are dangerously flawed.

    More than one in four U.S. residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults - not counting faculty and staff members - are on campuses with written emergency plans.

    8/19/2013 · Crisis Management
    Most campus administrators regard evacuation drills as a straightforward obligation on the school calendar. Activate the alarm; students file out bored; students file back in really bored; end of drill. A no-brainer, right?

    More than one-in-four U.S.residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults-not counting faculty and staff members- are on campuses with written emergency plans.

    7/16/2013 · Crisis Management
    Plan, train and exercise your organization's emergency team on premises before, during and after the hurricane.

    6/25/2013 · Crisis Management
    The alarms are relentless, the lights are flashing, and you're offsite. Will your people respond appropriately to the threat or place themselves in harm's way?

    5/1/2013 · Security
    Since Sandy Hook, I get asked daily about "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT," the new response to an active shooter on a campus or in a workplace.

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    Adam K. Aleksander
    Principal
    PO BOX 140558
    Boise ID 83714
    USA
    phone: 208-321-0200
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    Adam AleksanderDr. Adam K. Aleksander, PhD, PE, CSP, has over 40 years of experience in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Human Factors, and Safety Engineering. He combines both academic credentials and active work in industry to provide a grounded perspective in Product Liability, Industrial Incidents, Warnings, and OSHA related issues. He is also a VP of an Energy Services firm, with over 35 overseas assignments related to forensic services, power utility issues, and equipment failures.

    Dr. Aleksander has been a practicing engineer since 1972, focusing his Manufacturing, Consulting and Forensic investigations on Problem Definition and Root Cause Analysis of complex problems in confidential issues. His firm has experience encompassing an enormous variety of claims, from large $45 million dollar dam claims, to environmental clean-up claims, to small road construction claims. His litigation services often involve reconstruction, perception reaction studies, warnings, equipment operation, mechanical failures, industrial accidents, skiing, and bicycling injuries.

    As an Expert Witness, Dr. Aleksander has worked with many clients, including plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys, both civil and criminal, attorneys representing corporations, corporations in the power utility area, and corporations that produce products. His services are also available to insurance executives with complex claims issues that involve industrial or utility related losses. Dr. Aleksander has been retained over 125 times in a wide range of technical investigations.

    Litigation Expertise:
    • Product Liability - Design, Manufacturing and Marketing Defects, Involving Damage, Injury or Fatality
    • Equipment Failures - Proximal Cause of Failure with Contributing Factors
    • Human Factors, Visibility, Ergonomics, and General Research Issues - Product Usability, Warnings, Instructions, Perception, Reaction Time, Visibility and Conspicuity Issues
    • Construction, OSHA, and Safety Engineering - Regulatory and Safety Issues
    • Industrial Projects
    • Power Utility - Service and Equipment Failures
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    David Alley
    626 Admiral Drive C537
    Annapolis MD 21401
    USA
    phone: 410-353-4976
    David Alley is a Consulting and Forensic Engineer with over three decades of Design Engineering Experience, Field engineering experience and financial analysis experience for power Generation Projects in Cogeneration, Nuclear, Hydropower, Diesel Engine, Combustion Turbine and Gas Turbine Powered Power Generation Facilities. Mr. Alley is a National Electrical Code NFPA-70 expert and an Hazardous area delineation expert.

    BSEE-Clemson, MBA-Darden

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    Dr. Michael Fagel, PhD, CEM
    837 Hoyden Ct
    Sugar Grove IL 60554
    USA
    phone: 630-234-6611
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    Dr. Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM has over 30 years of broad based experience in a variety of fields relating to Threat & Vulnerability Assessment, Consequence Management & Emergency Management. He provides specialized assistance in OSHA compliance assistance and training in Disaster Management, Emergency Response as well as Occupational Safety and Health.

    Aurora Safety has extensive experience in litigation guidance drawing from decades of experience in all phases of safety and emergency response and planning. They provide guidance to attorneys and insurance companies on a variety of topics and offer effective evaluations regarding the many facets of each case.

    Dr. Fagel provides expert witness services to cases in across North America. He has served various Federal Agencies providing Occupational Safety Services at disaster sites. He also was EMS coordinator for the fire rescue division in North Aurora, as well as serving as an officer in the local fire service. Dr. Fagel currently teaches industrial safety and emergency medical services at several college locations and lectures at various professional trade conferences throughout the country. He offers Expert Witness Services and Litigation Support to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Disaster Management and Recovery
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs)
    • Fire, EMS, Disaster Management
    • Site Inspections
    • Training Assessment Management and Development of Safety Programs
    • Critical Incident / Crisis Management Site Inspections
    • Safety Audits
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    4/24/2014 · Security
    At schools, campuses, sporting events, and retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. We have watched with horror the increasingly more frequent news of violence at establishments we once thought "safe" from wanton violence. One has to just scan the news to see that no place is immune from any type of random act that injures or kills innocent civilians, be it a movie theater, retail mall, sporting event, school, or church. In this column, let's take a look at a few basic elements.

    3/26/2014 · Security
    We often times think of our own facilities, our sites as something no one would want to harm... or would they?

    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    Emergency managers and officials have seen a tremendous increase in the planning responsibilities placed on their shoulders over the last decade. Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges supplies time-tested insights to help communities and organizations become better prepared to cope with natural and manmade disasters and their impacts on the areas they serve.
    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    This book offers preparedness and mitigation recommendations for advanced emergency planning. Because disasters are so unpredictable, advance planning is needed to effectively respond to and mitigate against the potential effects of such events. More than a dozen contributors offer their professional expertise on a wide variety of topics.
    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    This book provides a clear and up-to-date understanding of how an EOC should operate within the guidance of various federal and national programs. It discusses the processes and systems that must be considered in emergency planning and preparedness efforts, and provides time-tested tips for those developing and revising emergency preparedness plans.
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    Dr. Olen Brown, PhD
    Toxicology / Medical Sciences / Environmental Sciences
    527 North Cedar Lake Drive, West
    Columbia MO 65203
    USA
    phone: 573-449-7444
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    Dr. Olen R. Brown, PhD is a board certified Diplomate in Toxicology and member of the standards of knowledge committee. He has the PhD in Microbiology With over 35 years of experience in Life Sciences and more than 150 publications. Dr. Brown specializes in complex, multidisciplinary cases, and he focuses on Human Medicine using the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, immunology, epidemiology, biochemistry, physiology, analytical chemistry, toxicology, and environmental sciences.

    Dr. Brown has provided litigation support services for 180+ cases in 25 states and 1 in Canada. Dr. Brown has served in Plaintiff/Defense, and Criminal/Civil cases. He has testified in 20 trials and 31 depositions. Dr. Brown's expertise include: cause-and-effect determination after medical record review; risk assessment and causation determination from toxic exposure; evaluation of the therapeutic and harmful effects of ethical drugs, antibiotics, alcohol, and drugs of abuse; the toxicity of solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, ozone, carbon monoxide, particulates, and most organic chemicals for most organ systems including the lung (Asthma, COPD, RADS) and the brain (Parkinson's), Dr. Brown has evaluated human medical and veterinary medical devices and pharmaceuticals for safety.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Toxicology (General, Academic, Pharmacologic, Forensic, Regulatory)
    • Medical Sciences - Microbiology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Virology, Cell Physiology, Infectious Diseases, Cancer, Allergy, Mechanisms of Diseases
    • Microbiology - Medical, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Medical, Environmental
    • Environmental Biology - Hazardous Wastes; Air, Water and Soil Pollution
    • Chemistry - Biochemistry, Analytical, Organic
    • Veterinary Sciences - Cell Physiology, Mechanisms of Disease
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    2/17/2002 · Expert Witnessing
    Attorneys use experts in two ways. First is the traditional use of an expert as a witness in court. In this role, scientists, business people, or others with technical knowledge are retained by attorneys primarily for their opinions (oral, written, or both), ultimately to be given at deposition and in civil and criminal courts. Second, the expert may be used as a pre-trial consultant or more specifically as an undisclosed consultant

    Olen R. Brown, PhD
    "Miracles" reveals truth from Scripture, science and life. Everything that is or was or is to come is part of God's miracle. Science says that nothing is miraculous- Time and Chance created the universe with no meaning or purpose. God's universe has great meaning extending from the stars to atoms and to you. What we believe about miracles can be a source of great joy or missed joy in our lives. Dr. Brown, a Christian and author of over 100 scientific papers, has coined a new word, synscicretism, to call attention to the doctrine that today elevates science above religion. Science works best for the great "how" questions, but poorly for the great "why" of all things.
    Olen R. Brown, PhD
    This authoritative guide is designed to achieve a synthesis of understanding and effort between case science and case law. It examines all stages of attorney/expert interaction from the initial interview to post-trial evaluation.
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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
  • View Michael Puckett's Consulting Profile.
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    Dr. Kenneth H. Brown
    1889 Maple Ave, Suite N-3
    Evanston IL 60201
    USA
    phone: 847-475-2755
    fax: 847-475-3545
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    National Expert Witness And
    Consulting Service For Attorneys


    KHB CONSULTING SERVICES provides research, consulting and expert witness services to the legal profession for cases involving:
  • Chemicals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Chemical specialty products
  • Household chemical products
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Hazardous materials
  • Labels and warnings
  • Toxic substances
  • Aerosols
  • OSHA
  • Chemical spills
  • Chemical explosions

  • We provide:
  • Translation of technical terminology
  • File review
  • Research
  • Field site visits
  • Laboratory testing/analysis
  • Reports
  • Strategy assistance during discovery
  • Deposition
  • Testimony

  • The primary areas of expertise are:
  • Chemistry
  • Chemicals
  • Industrial Chemicals
  • Household Chemicals
  • Paint and Coatings
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Chemical Specialty Products
  • Solvents
  • Fumes
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Aerosols and Spray Products
  • Labels and Warning
  • Toxic Substances
  • Polymers / Resins / Plastics
  • MSDS Review
  • OSHA
  • Laboratory testing and Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Propellants
  • Chemical Spills
  • Chemical Accidents
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    Robert Crandall
    34 Fuller Avenue
    West Babylon NY 11704
    USA
    phone: 631-321-4153
    Robert Crandall is an Automotive, Commercial, and Heavy Vehicle specialist wit over 35 years of industry experience. Mr. Crandall's background includes the Operation of a Large Municipal Fleet of 6,500 vehicles and 70 locations. He has experience in fleet maintenance operations, governmental procurement, specification development, R&D, failure analysis, and an extensive background in technical training.

    Mr. Crandall has legal expertise encompassing all aspects of compliance with Federal, state and local codes, requirements, laws and recommendations of oversight organization. He has participated in multiple cases involving commercial vehicle accidents, component failures, and non-compliance with regulations.

    Mr. Crandall represents plaintiff, defense, and insurance companies. His services include vehicle and component dismantling, teardown, and disassembly for forensic inspection and failure analysis. He also provides case review and research, Written reports, assistance in case preparation, and testimony at depositions, arbitration, and court when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial Vehicle Accident Investigation
    • Management of Accident Repairs
    • Estimation of Repair, Towing, Accident Costs
    • HAZ-MAT Clean Up Invoice Reviews
    • Component, Product Failure Investigation
    • Driver compliance / DOT Regulations
    • Vehicle Safety Regulations
    • Vehicle Maintenance Practices and Standards
    • Attachment, Accessory Repair / Maintenance
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    Let's say you've been in a crash or perhaps someone close to you has been injured in one. Now do a little research as though you need an attorney. By the way does anyone know any good lawyer? What you'll find is that a number of firms and practicing attorneys include in their advertisement a portion dedicated to Early Response; if not predominantly then at least a minimum. Much is made of the importance of hiring a firm specializing in early response.

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    Dr. William R. Sawyer PhD, D-ABFM, D-ABFE
    29 Fennell Street
    Skaneateles, NY 13152
    ---------- Available ----------
    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.

    Lisa Myers interviews Dr. Sawyer on NBC Nightly News


    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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    Dr. Richard Parent, DABT, FATS, RAC, ERT
    President
    PO Box 1239
    Damariscotta ME 04543
    USA
    phone: 207-563-2300
    fax: 207-563-8990
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    Since 1984, Dr. Richard Parent has been providing consultations and testimony for both plaintiff and defense and has testified in local, state and federal courts around the country. He has lectured and continues to lecture on causation related to toxic exposures. He is board Certified in Toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Science and is also Regulatory Affairs Certified and a recognized expert in Toxicology in the European community. Dr. Parent sits on several editorial boards of toxicology journals and has over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

    In addition to litigation support, Dr. Parent has been been heavily involved in Product Safety programs including Toy Safety, and other programs related to consumer products and drugs. Further, he is involved in the REACH program in helping chemical companies to be compliant with pending European legislation and has been helping Toy manufacturers with a pro-active program of Toy Safety.

    Recent litigation activities have included sampling and health evaluation of over one thousand persons living next to a PCB and dioxin contaminated site in Mississippi, occupational evaluation of workers involved in the production of PVC, with specific emphasis on clinical tests to identify possible early stages of liver cancer and health surveys, blood testing and clinical evaluation of those exposed to Dioxins from Creosote sites. These massive projects have involved team efforts involving a physician, a toxiclogist, phlebotomists and nursing assistance.

    Individual Legal Cases Include:
  • Benzene
  • Diesel Fumes
  • Smoking
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • RADS
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Manganese and Parkinsonism
  • Welding Fumes
  • Lindane
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • PPA
  • Ephedra
  • Hexavalent Chromium and Dioxin exposure at Creosote sites
  • 4/20/2012 · Toxicology
    Benzene is a highly volatile aromatic hydrocarbon solvent which is present in most petroleum distillates such as Stoddard solvent and mineral spirits. Recent advances in the purification process for these solvents has reduced the benzene content significantly, but it is still present in products such as WD-40 and Liquid Wrench as well as many solvents used in the printing industry and elsewhere.

    12/23/2011 · Toxicology
    Lead is ubiquitous in our environment. It used to be contained in gasoline but has now been replaced. It has been used in pipes, ceramic glazes, paints, and solder, among other sources. Exposure can be oral through ingestion of food or water or by inhalation from lead-containing dust or dirt.

    9/20/2011 · Toxicology
    Cocaine users may exhibit behavioral deficits. These include deficits in attention, learning, memory, executive function, and response speed.

    7/13/2011 · Toxicology
    Methadone is an opioid thought to act by decreasing release of neurotransmitters in the brain resulting in respiratory suppression and, in some cases, death.

    2/4/2011 · Toxicology
    CRUDE OIL is a complex mixture of chemicals, some volatile and some water soluble.

    Most creosote mixtures that are used today are byproducts of the petroleum industry or coal gasification processes. They are mixtures of several hundreds of chemicals mostly polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) but contain a host of other chemicals including complex heterocyclic compounds

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    Dr. Joseph Jolson
    Owner
    5867 Solway Street
    Pittsburgh PA 15217
    USA
    phone: 412-480-3049
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    Dr. Joseph D. Jolson has over 28 years of industrial experience providing Product Development, Product Support, Litigation, Subrogation, and Intellectual Property Services. He has championed the development of two-dozen commercially successful products. Dr. Jolson's experience includes:
  • The development, testing, use, and analysis of failed aqueous and lithium batteries
  • The development, placement, testing, use and analysis of failed carbon monoxide, chlorine, combustible gas, ethylene oxide, hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and volatile organic hydrocarbon gas detectors
  • The development, testing, use and analysis of failed air purifying respirators including self-contained self-rescuers
  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Batteries
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Gas Detection
  • Failure Analysis
  • Industrial Hygiene & Safety
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Mine Safety
  • Product Testing
  • Respiratory Protection
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    Dan Napier
    President
    111 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,Ste 355
    Manhattan Beach CA 90266
    USA
    phone: 800-644-1924 or 310-937-8630
    fax: 310-937-8642
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    DNA Industrial Hygiene is an Occupational/Environmental Health & Safety firm providing comprehensive industrial hygiene/environmental services.

    Dan Napier is the 'go to' person for help with your Health & Safety Program. If you are a Small business or one of the Fortune 500's Dan has helped someone like you. Whether you need a simple survey for a single issue or a complex benchmark or Safety Audit he has the experience and expertise to do the work.

    Mr. Napier provides services to the Legal Community. Please check with him for Trial Assistance, Forensic Studies or Expert Witness Services. He has been designated as an expert and has testified in Federal and State Courts.
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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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    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

    Responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.

    Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.

    Mr. Pokorny offers litigation support services to insurance companies and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has experience in a wide variety of projects including:
    • Engineering and Environmental Insurance Claims
    • Public and Municipal Environmental Remediation / Hazardous Materials Management Programs
    • Private Retail / Commercial Hazardous Materials Management
    • Remediation Programs in High-rise, University, and Hospital Settings
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED AP), with specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), 2010
    • Massachusetts Asbestos Designer, Inspector, Project Monitor, Management Planner, 1987-1995
    • Massachusetts Lead Paint Inspector, 1996-99
    • Type III Asbestos Consultant, VT, Department of Health, 1988
    • EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor, 1998
    • NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager (PHM), Associate
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    12/7/2016 · Environment
    "I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"

    4/20/2016 · Environment
    The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.

    Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.

    1/15/2015 · Construction
    Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.

    4/29/2014 · Construction
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.

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