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Matthew Warren
Main Contact
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Warren Forensic Engineers and Consultants, founded in 1997, is extremely well versed in the disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Structural, and Fire and Explosion investigation. Their engineers are known for delivering the truth — origin, cause, responsibility, and cost of an event or claim — with unmistakable clarity. Warren Forensics provides technical investigations and analyses of personal injury and property claims as well as expert testimony for insurance adjusters and attorneys. Each member of their engineering team is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in multiple states. Beyond engineering expertise, their engineers and consultants also hold a variety of other certifications including Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, CMSE®-Certified Machine Safety Expert, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Building Inspector, and Certified Property and Evidence Specialist. 

Types of Loss:

  • Chemical: Ammonia - Confined Space - OSHA
  • Collision: Animal - ATV - Automotive - Bicycle - Farm Equipment - Motorcycle - Pedestrian - Truck
  • Commercial: Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Electrical and Control Systems - Liability Claims - Lightning Damage - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage - Workplace Injuries
  • Fires and Explosions: Boiler - Commercial - CSST - Dust Explosions - Electrical - Fire Protection Systems - Industrial - LP and Natural Gas - Machinery and Equipment - Marine - Residential - Spontaneous Combustion - Structural - Vehicle and Mobile Equipment - Welding and Hot Work
  • Industrial: Boilers and Pressure Vessels - Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Cranes, Hoists, Lifting and Rigging - Electrical and Control Systems - Industrial Process Equipment - Liability Claims - Lightning Damage - Machinery and Equipment - Material Handling - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage - Workplace Injuries
  • Inland and Ocean: Boilers and Pressure Vessels - Bulk Material Handling - Cargo Damage Assessment - Cargo Handling - Cranes, Hoists, Lifting and Rigging - Docks and Piers - Machinery and Equipment - Marinas - Marine Collisions - Marine Fire Protection Systems - Marine Liability Analysis - Mechanical and Electrical Systems - Slip, Trip and Fall - Workplace Injuries
  • Residential: Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Electrical Systems - Lightning Damage - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage
  • Subrogation: Consumer Products - Electrical - Fire and Explosions - Machinery and Equipment - Workers’ Compensation
  • Catastrophic: Earthquake - Flood - Freeze, Ice and Snow - Hail Storm - Hurricane - Tornado - Wildfire - Wind Storm and Wind Shear

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11/12/2018
This is the first blog in a series on integrating new technologies into the process of forensic investigations. Documenting the scene of an incident accurately, efficiently, and safely is a key step in every investigation. Busy roadways and unstable structures present hazards to the investigator during the investigation process. The use of remote sensors can reduce these risks and provide data that otherwise could not safely be obtained.

Welcome to the third and final post in our multipart series of blog posts about a young boy's fall and serious injury at a public playground. In our first post we gave a brief overview of the incident and our investigation. In the second post we discussed some of the safety standards applicable to public playgrounds. In this post, we will examine some of the impact-absorbing playground surfaces available to protect children at playgrounds from injury. If you would like to read the first two posts, they are available here and here.

10/8/2018 · Chemical Industry
On December 3, 1984, at a pesticide ingredient manufacturing facility owned by Union Carbide, a leak occurred in the Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) plant. Due to the toxic nature of the gases released and the plant's proximity to local residences, the death toll was in the thousands; both plant workers and nearby residents. The first recorded public meeting in response to this incident was on December 9th, in Institute, WV, the site of Union Carbide's only US MIC production unit. Full disclosure: my father was a research & development chemist for Union Carbide and Institute is about 10 miles down the Kanawha River from my hometown of Charleston, WV.

Welcome to the second part in our multipart blog series examining a young boy's fall and injury at a public playground. If you missed the first part in this series, click www.warrenforensics.com/2017/10/11/children-will-fall-at-playgrounds-what-shall-we-do-to-protect-them-a-multipart-blog-series-part-i/ to read it. In this post, we will highlight some resources that designers of public playgrounds can use to help ensure their designs are reasonably safe.

Many people just take for granted that something is just going to work, and in many cases assume that it will work forever. One such device that does not get enough attention is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Simply put, a GFCI is a protective device that compares the current flowing on the hot and neutral wires of the circuit and will "trip" to disconnect power to the circuit if a small imbalance of current is detected. The imbalance of current is an indication of a dangerous alternate path for the current to flow from a damaged line cord or a fault inside an appliance and constitutes a shock hazard to a person.

In 2011, a 5-year old boy was severely injured at a public playground when he fell through a second floor opening around a fireman's pole in a playhouse. He fell more than seven feet and struck a bare concrete floor. We are thankful that he eventually recovered from his injuries. The person who designed and built the playground was accused of negligence. A lawsuit ensued, and eventually settled in favor of the boy.

Event Data Recorders (EDRs) were first introduced by General Motors (GM) in 1974. That data was only available to GM; however, since 1994 more and more vehicle EDR’s have recorded data that can be gathered. The data captured can be imaged and is being used by vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement officers, and collision reconstructionists to better understand what is happening in a collision. In accident investigation, EDRs have the potential to provide independent measurements of crash data that would elsewise be estimated by reconstruction methodology.

6/27/2018 · Corrosion
When thinking about the safe operation of boilers (and don't we all?), several systems can readily be named; flame control, fuel/air ratio; steam pressure control, levels in the vessel, etc. What about the water? It seems so passive, as long as there is enough for level control, what's the big deal? Well, it turns out, that as the steam produced by a boiler is used in the process, the condensate from that steam is returned to the boiler as feedwater. However, since 100% of the condensate is not returned, whatever solids had been in that water before it evaporated to form steam are left in the remaining water. Fresh feedwater is added to maintain levels, but even fresh water contains some dissolved solids. So over time, the water in the boiler system gets saturated with all sorts of dissolved minerals.

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James D. Madden, PE
Senior Forensic Engineer
8803 Brecksville Road,Suite 7-216, Cleveland, Ohio 44141
1700 West Market Street, Suite 318, Akron, Ohio 44313
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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. James D. 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. James D. 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 by James D. Madden 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 D. Madden has worked over 30 years as a forensic engineer. In this time, James D. Madden has prepared over 600 written expert reports, and over 60 expert affidavits with technical content in response to motions. James D. Madden has provided testimony in over 90 discovery depositions and has testified in over 75 trials in local, state, and federal courts in several states. James D. Madden's services initially include consultation, on-site investigation, inspections, data collection, and preliminary evaluation. In addition, James D. Madden also provides calculations, testing, research, accident analysis, equipment and facilities analysis, accident and crash reconstruction, and verbal and written expert reports. James D. Madden's expert witness testimony is available for depositions, arbitrations, hearings, and trials.

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J&J Associates
James J. Shields, PE
1036 Cornell Avenue
Drexel Hill PA 19026
USA
phone: 610-446-2215
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James J. Shields, PE - Mechanical Engineer

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

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

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

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

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PO Box 702
Jefferson City TN 37760
USA
phone: 865-471-8142
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Roger W. Griffith, P.E. has over 34 years of experience as a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in design, maintenance, and operation of mechanical systems. He specializes in the areas of Plumbing, HVAC, and Fire Sprinkler Systems Design.

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

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

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

Areas of Expertise:
  • HVAC Design
  • Plumbing Design
  • Pipe Failures
  • Plumbing Component Failures
  • Sprinkler System Failures
  • Hot Water Systems / Scalding Water
  • Water Heater Failures
  • Gas Venting / Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Fuel Gas Fires and Explosions
  • Legionella
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    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