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Chip Darius, OHST, CET, CSHO
President
110 Court Street, Suite 1
Cromwell CT 06416
USA
phone: 860-978-9899 or 800-809-0059 (Toll Free)
fax: 860-760-6264
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Chip Darius is an OSHA Safety Consultant and Trainer with over 25 years experience in general industry, construction, utilities and emergency services. Mr. Darius is an Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center, teaching courses on OSHA regulations since 2002.

Mr. Darius is a Forensic Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant with experience in both plaintiff and defense cases, in state and federal matters. He has testimony experience in depositions and at trials. He is available to review and evaluate cases, assist in framing legal arguments, assess the merits of a case, conduct incident investigations, and perform site inspections. He is an associate Member of the American Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association.

Mr. Darius has authored 3 guidebooks and multiple articles, and has designed more than 200 specialized courses in safety and trainer development. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Darius has also been a certified Emergency Medical Technician for over 35 years.

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Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII
President & CEO
7 Reservoir Road
North White Plains NY 10603
USA
phone: 914-670-0208 or 914-714-3720 (Cell)
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Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII, President & CEO, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, amongst others. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor.

Mr. Pietropaolo has over 25 years of hands on engineering experience including electrical, mechanical, materials, safety, fire protection, and construction. He has knowledge of codes and standards used in construction and industry including building codes, safety codes, and industrial codes. He also has extensive experience in Utility Company procedures / equipment and investigating major incidents involving electrical, gas, steam system failures, and construction accidents.

Litigation Support - Mr. Pietropaolo has testified as an expert witness many times in cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Federal Courts. He has been retained on numerous large multimillion-dollar property damage cases as well as fatal accidents and fires / explosions including those that resulted in injury.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fires / Explosions
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Construction Defects / Failures
  • Construction Accidents
  • Equipment Failures
  • Product Liability / Warning
  • Property Loss Subrogation
  • Personal Injury - Slips / Fall
  • Electro / Mechanical System
  • Sports / Recreational Accidents
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    Brian Aanestad
    Vice President
    27475 Ynez Road, #627
    Temecula CA 92591
    USA
    phone: 951-303-8309 or 951-795-6330 (Cell)
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    Brian Aanestad Underground Utilities Expert PhotoBrian H. Aanestad has over 21 years of direct experience providing underground construction for the placement of Underground Utilities and Pipelines. His companies have served in both Prime Contractor and Subcontractor capacities.

    Mr. Aanestad has worked and overseen successful projects to install pipeline and conduit for Cable TV, Fiber Optic, Gas, Electric, Water, Sewer, and Storm Drain. Other pipe and conduit installations include, Seawater Return Pipe Lines, Defrosting Pipeline, Hydro Augers, and Contaminated Soil Remediation Lines.

    Under his direction, Mr. Aanestad's companies have built and installed Fiber Optic Conduit Networks for inner-city and long haul projects. The projects utilized High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe ranging in size from 1 inch in diameter to 42 inches in diameter and installations range from one single conduit to multiple (up to 56) conduits and also include many cased conduits.

    Litigation Support Mr. Aanestad provides expert witness services to insurance companies and counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He holds a class “A” General Engineering Contractors License in the State of California and has a 30 hour Occupational Safety and Health card issued by Cal-OSHA.

    Mr. Aanestad's nation-wide services include on-site review, written reports, depositions, mediation, and trial testimony when needed. His cases have involved the following issues:
    • Installation of Underground Trenchless Public Utilities
    • Fiber Optics Installation Defect
    • General Engineering Contractor Negligence
    • Underground Utility Easements
    • Construction Delay / Change Order Issues
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    Curt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP
    24 Ridge Road
    Longmeadow MA 01106
    USA
    phone: 413-567-1175
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    Curt Freedman Forensic Engineering Expert PhotoCurt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP, has over 30 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. He is registered to practice in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, and Ohio.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Freedman provides forensic engineering services for the insurance industry and attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. With a portable microscope diagnostic camera, his investigations include material science evaluations, as well as mechanical and structural evaluations. Mr. Freedman's background also includes designing, engineering, and constructing HVAC systems, plumbing systems, and utility conservation products for the residential, commercial, and industrial sector.

    Curt Freedman also offers professional forensic services for the Investigation of Child Heatstroke / Hot Car Incident Deaths. His detailed services in this area include evaluation, field testing, and analytic modeling to determine real time interior temperature of the subject vehicle.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Appliances
  • Building Temperature Modeling
  • Carbon Dioxide Gas Testing
  • Carbon Monoxide Investigations
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Construction Cost Evaluations
  • Controls Systems
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Flat Plate Solar Panels
  • Forklifts
  • Furnaces
  • Hydronic Boilers
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Fire Sprinkler Head Failures
  • Ladders
  • Loss of Heat / Fuel Freeze
  • Manufacturing Equipment Accidents
  • Metallic Pipe Fitting Failures
  • Motor Failures
  • Plastic Fitting Failures
  • Plumbing / Piping Systems
  • Rooftop HVAC Equipment
  • Stairs, Ramps
  • Slips & Falls
  • Steam Boilers
  • Photo-voltaic Solar Panels
  • Pump Failures
  • Solar Insolation Modeling
  • Toilet Failures
  • Water heater failures;


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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO
    720 King Georges Road
    Suite 402
    Fords NJ 08863
    USA
    phone: 609-751-4104
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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO, has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Land Use, Municipal Engineering, and Code Enforcement in the State of New Jersey. His rare combination of professional credentials enables him to analyze the development process from concept design through issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. He is one of fewer than ten people in New Jersey who holds licenses as a:
    • Professional Engineer
    • Professional Land Surveyor
    • Professional Planner
  • Construction Official
  • Building Official
  • Plumbing Official
  • Litigation Support - Mr. Peters' expertise is beneficial in the resolution of disputes between project owners, design professionals, contractors, and insurance carriers. He has testified before the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Historic Preservation Review Committee, and Site Plan Review Advisory Board, and NJ Civil Courts. He is also a mediator on the roster of the NJ Civil Courts.

    Mr. Peters provides litigation support for counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases have involved:
    • Engineering Matters
    • Property Line Disagreements
    • Drainage Problems
    • Streets and Sidewalks
    • Sewers
    • Construction Disputes
    • Land Use
  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Codes
  • Construction Permits
  • ADA Compliance
  • Local Government Matters
  • Engineering Malpractice
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    Bonneau Dickson, PE
    2428 McGee Ave
    Berkeley CA 94703
    USA
    phone: 510-845-8625
    fax: 510-845-4606
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    Bonneau Dickson, PE, is a Sanitary Engineer with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of studying, designing, and constructing water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities, both in the United States and abroad.

    Mr. Dickson has designed approximately 300 water, wastewater, and stormwater projects. Has been resident engineer or otherwise participated in the construction phase of approximately 20 water and wastewater projects. Mr. Dickson has both project management and general management experience as project manager on approximately 175 projects.

    Forensic Engineering Experience - Mr. Dickson served as forensic technical consultant, expert witness, or claims analyst on more than 100 projects. With his decades of experience, he understands not only the engineering aspects, but also the financial, managerial, political, and personal aspects of legal issues. Mr. Dickson's expert services include succinct reports with explanations of complex engineering matters in layman’s language.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Sewage Overflows
    • Wastewater Facilities Design
    • Wastewater Facilities Planning
    • Septic Systems
    • Water Facilities Design
  • Water Facilities Planning
  • Standard of Care
  • Stormwater Facilities Design
  • Stormwater Facilities Planning
  • PCE Contamination
  • Education - BS Civil Engineering, GA Tech; MS Sanitary Engineering, GA Tech; MA Sanitary Engineering, Harvard University; Master Of Business Administration, Harvard University

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    Kenneth J. Shorter, CSP
    Certified Safety Professional
    5916 Foxhall Manor Drive
    Baltimore MD 21228
    USA
    phone: 410-564-7698
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    Kenneth J. Shorter, MS, CSP, ARM, TCDS has over 30 years of experience planning and managing Construction and Demolition Safety for local, national, and international companies, including an extensive range of projects from rapid transit systems, airports, highways, hospitals, and landfills to tunnels, bridges, marine projects, and underground utility systems. He recently directed safety for the $1.3 billion expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Shorter has been responsible for investigating and explaining why a wide range of complex accidents happened and how they could have been prevented. Mr. Shorter has his Masters Degree in Safety and Professional Certifications in Safety, Risk Management, and Traffic Control Design. He is a member of the ANSI A10 Committee for the Safety of Construction and Demolition Operations which produces the national consensus safety standards for the industry. His expertise extends beyond OSHA to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, ANSI, NFPA, and a wide range of other consensus standards.

    A highly qualified Expert, Kenneth Shorter provides litigation support services for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction, Demolition, and Temporary Traffic Control
    • Tunnels, Rapid Transit Systems, Highway, Bridge, Building, Marine, and Underground Utility Construction and Demolition
    • Falls, Confined Spaces, Electrical
    • Cranes, Forklifts, Earthmoving, Paving, Trenching, Shoring, Scaffolding, Aerial Lift, Pile Driving, Marine
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