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Dale R. Wheeler
PE
4910 Quality Drive
Fredericksburg VA 22408
USA
phone: 703-477-5928
fax: 703-794-1744
Dale Wheeler is licensed in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering, and is certified in Basic Code Enforcement / Building Inspection by the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA). He is published on fire safety in Atrium Buildings and in Exhibition Halls.

Mr. Wheeler's Areas of Expertise include:
  • Fire Protection System Design, installation and operation:
    - Fire detection
    - Smoke detection
    - Fire alarm
    - Central Station
    - Sprinkler systems
    - Fire suppression systems
    - Smoke control
  • Fire and Smoke Barriers
  • Building Code, Life Safety Code, and Fire Code Compliance
  • Fire Hazard, Building Materials, Fire Resistance Ratings
  • Fire Cause and Origin
  • Arson
  • Means of egress, egress signage, emergency lighting
  • Forensic Fire and Fire Systems Investigation
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Daniel Rapperport
8 Wallis Court
Lexington MA 02421
USA
phone: 781-862-9001 or 339-222-2822
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Rapperport Associates, Inc., provides exceptional capability in Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science.

We have provided superior technical support for litigation since 1974, and possess an extraordinarily talented technical team with impeccable academic and industrial credentials and proven analysis capability. Our team of distinguished scientists and engineers is drawn principally from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Failure Analysis
  • Structural Design Analysis
  • Metallurgical Failures
  • Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automobiles / Trucks
  • Biomechanics / Injury Mechanism
  • Off-Road Vehicles
  • Occupant Motion
  • Aircraft
  • Animation

  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Cause and Origin
  • Electrical
  • Gases, Liquids and Dust
  • Industrial Processes
  • ........Safety
  • Machine and Industrial Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Construction Failures
  • Slips, Trips, Falls


  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Structural / Civil
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical
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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. 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 prepared over 600 written reports and prepared over 60 affidavits in place of written reports 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 include consultation, on-site investigation and data collection, and preliminary evaluation. James D. Madden also provides calculations, testing, research, accident analysis, equipment and facilities analysis, accident reconstruction, and verbal and written reports. James D. Madden's expert witness services are available for depositions, arbitrations, and trials.
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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    Founder
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    USA
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
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    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    Vehicles
    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    Agriculture
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    Construction
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
    Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
    Mark R. Lehto & James M. Miller
    James M. Miller, Mark R. Lehto & J. Paul Frantz
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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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    Daniel Bak, PhD, PE, FSE
    Contact Rush Porter, Director of Business Development
    8330 Juniper Creek Lane
    San Diego CA 92126
    USA
    phone: 858-587-2874
    fax: 858-587-6749
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    Daniel Bak Fire Protection Engineering Expert PhotoDaniel N. Bak, PhD., PE, FSE, is a licensed professional Fire Protection Engineer. He has over 35 years of experience in forensic engineering; specializing in fire losses, fire protection, fire life safety, fire risk assessment and code analysis. Daniel has performed fire and life safety consulting for facilities both in the US and abroad. He also has taught undergraduate courses in fire and life safety engineering. Daniel is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

    Dr. Bak joined Ivey Engineering in 2016. His responsibilities include specifying and forensically analyzing fire protection and life safety provisions for various types of projects. He performs inspections, testing, building system analysis, computerized fire simulation and code analysis. Daniel also provides technical assistance to clients, writes reports and testifies in depositions, hearings and trials.

    PROJECT EXPERIENCE (partial listing)
    • Rapid Transit System of Singapore, SIngapore
    • Fire Station, Unites States Navy, Guam
    • III Marine Expedition Force Headquarters, Finegayan Naval Station, Guam
    • San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, San Ysidro, California
    • March Air Force Base, March, California
    • 100 Arthur Street, North Sydney, Australia
    • Council Chambers. 174 Phillip Street, Sydney Australia
    • New South Wales Archive Repository, Kingwoods, Australia
    • Allianz Training Center, 12th Level of 2 Market Street, Sydney, Australia
    • Arboretum Gateway Building, Santa Monica, California
    • Westminster Shopping Mall, Westminster, California
    • South Coast Plaza Shopping Mall, Costa Mesa, California
    • Messeturn Tower, Frankfurt, Germany
    • The Merchandise Mark, Chicago, Illinois
    • Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois
    • Culver City Ice Arena, Culver City, California
    • Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, Illinois
    • Skolnick Toys Company, Des Plaines, Illinois
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Culver City, California
    • Mission Viejo Shopping Mall Renovation, Mission Viejo, California
    • Santa Anita Shopping Mall, Santa Ana, California
    • Westminster Police Department, Westminster, California
    • Adjunct Asso
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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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    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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    GerardGerard A. Macri, PhD is a Forensic Chemist with 40+ years’ experience and a comprehensive understanding of the physical and/or chemical properties and behavior of various substances to assist in the support and vindication of the client’s claim.

    Gerard Macri & Associates provides expert technical assistance in forensic chemical investigations, technical and scientific analyses of physical and documentary evidence and serve as an expert witness in the areas of sampling, testing, and identification of unknown chemical residues and substances; analysis of chemical reactants, products, and reactivity; causes and origins of violent chemical reactions, fires and explosions, hazardous chemical reactions and incompatible mixture; limits of chemical overexposure risks, sources of chemical contamination in air, soil, water and environment and other chemical investigations.

    Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Examination/Analysis/Identification of Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Causation of Chemical Fires, Explosions, and Exothermic Reactions
    • Chemical Overexposure and Injury from Consumer Products
    • Chemical Analyses of Substances Causing a Slip and Fall
    • Hazardous Chemical Reactions of Oxidizers and Flammables/Combustibles Mixtures
    • Estimation of Contaminant Chemical Airborne Concentrations
    • Chemical Overexposure Risk Assessments
    • Cause of Injury from Chemical Consumer Products
    • Warning labels and safety data sheets (SDS) for consumer products
    • Chemical Product Defects and Manufacturer Liability
    • Chemical safety, handling, and storage of flammable, toxic and corrosive chemicals
    • Investigation of Soil, Groundwater, and Storm Water Contamination
    • Compliance with/Violations of Federal EPA and State Environmental Regulations
    6/15/2018 · Injury
    A New York City pathologist who lived in a Manhattan apartment claimed personal injury from the inhalation of vapors released from a commercially available construction adhesive used in her apartment while she was present. The plaintiff claimed permanent pulmonary distress, asthmatic symptoms, and sensitization to the smell of virtually all other chemicals – including common household chemicals.

    5/21/2018 · Chemical Industry
    Commercial household drain cleaners sold in retail stores around the country contain a combination of fairly aggressive chemicals designed to unclog drains by dissolving grease, hair, food proteins, and other organic waste products.

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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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    Dr. Richard Lynch, Ph.D., CIH
    President
    21 Scott Street
    Riverside NJ 08075
    USA
    phone: 856-764-3557
    fax: 856-764-3558
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    Environmental Safety Management Corporation, Dr. Richard Lynch, Ph.D., CIH, CMC, CMRS, CHFM. Dr. Lynch, a former Professor of Industrial Hygiene, peer-reviewed published author and practicing consultant since 1992, provides defense and plaintiff litigation support for indoor air quality, mold contamination, chemical exposure, infection control and legionella in hospitals, offices, schools and residential dwellings. Dr. Lynch has published research related to mercury contamination in rubberized gym floors, mold contamination in buildings, irritation associated with blown cellulose insulation and other topics. Clients include law firms, insurance companies, manufacturing, health care, commercial, office, schools & residential facilities.

    Expertise & Services:
    • Certified Industrial Hygiene Consulting
    • Indoor Air Quality & Sick Building Syndrome Assessments
    • Mold Testing and Remediation Design/Verification
    • Water & Sewage Damage Clean-up Specifications and Testing
    • HVAC Assessment Services
    • Healthcare Microbial & Chemical Testing & Infection Control Risk Assessments,
    • Ergonomics Assessments
    • Legionella and Healthcare Acquired Infection support
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Litigation Support & Expert Witness Services
    As a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Lynch is expert at forensic hazard identification, measurement, noise assessments and control for chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards.
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    Malinda LaBar
    Marketing Manager
    411 N. Sam Houston Parkway East
    Suite 350
    Houston Texas 77060
    USA
    phone: 2813584441
    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
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    A case study that illustrates the importance of combining crash data with a thorough analysis in an auto reconstruction investigation.

    This passage from the Book of Leviticus, which reads like an awkward directive from a manual on mold remediation, is an indication that mold has been troubling mankind since Biblical times. Although mold has been an issue for centuries, only in recent years has it grabbed the spotlight. This is due to high-profile lawsuits, such as the Ballard case in Texas, in which a family claimed that mold in their home was the source of their myriad health problems. The Ballards won an initial $32 million judgment against their insurance company, which later was reduced to $4 million.

    11/2/2017 · Construction
    Engineering involvement with property losses demands an open technical mind that can look at the bigger picture, sometimes beyond the scope of work initially requested by the adjuster or insurance company. Engineering law requires the professional engineer to protect "public health, safety, and welfare. "Sometimes specific technical requests are made to a forensic engineering firm that lead to much broader technical involvement in order to ensure compliance with engineering law and the protection of the public. Is it a benefit for an engineer to look at a broader picture when investigating a loss event, even if the scope of work has been specified? Let's examine two examples.

    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    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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    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

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

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    Gregory J. Cahanin, CP
    Fire Code, Cause, and Origin Expert
    2522 M.L. King St. N.
    St. Petersburg FL 33704
    USA
    phone: 727-896-7719
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    Gregory Cahanin Fire Expert PhotoGregory J. Cahanin, CP works in the Fire Protection Engineering field. Over 40 years of experience in the application of sound engineering principles work to produce results in litigation cases. He is nationally recognized as a Life Safety and Fire Protection expert. He performs fire origin and cause, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, kitchen suppression, fire wall and compartmentation failures, and slip and fall forensic investigations. Gregory J. Cahanin Fire & Code Consulting has been based in St. Petersburg, FL for over 25 years.

    Background - Mr. Cahanin served as a Senior Life Safety Engineer with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the organization that writes Fire Protection Codes and Standards. He was staff liaison for building construction standards and the Fire Prevention Code. Special project work included support of the International Division of NFPA in a survey of fire protection for all oil production facilities of LaGoven SA in Venezuela; an evaluation of the existing airport terminal in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; and a code comparison study for the National Institute of Building Sciences. Mr. Cahanin investigated multiple fatality fires for NFPA and his reports are nationally published and peer reviewed. Mr. Cahanin holds Professional Grade Membership in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Mr. Cahanin has earned three undergraduate degrees in Fire Science and Fire Protection and a Master in Public Administration.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Cahanin regularly testifies in fire cases offering opinions on the origin and cause of fires in addition to component failures in construction, fire sprinkler systems, kitchen suppression systems and product failures. He is nationally published on fire protection requirements in the building code as a contributing editor on the 2006 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) Commentary where he edited the sections on fire-resistance rated construction. He currently serves on code committees with both the NFPA and ICC. Mr. Cahanin holds a NALA paralegal certification and is well versed in Civil Procedure, interrogatory, expert report writing, and trial procedures.

    Mr. Cahanin meets the professional qualifications of NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator as documented in a Florida Declaratory Statement held by no other fire expert in the state of Florida.

    Investigations of note include the Warwick. R.I. Station Nightclub Fire in 2003 with 100 fatalities. In Wyatt v. Security Alarms Co., Inc. key testimony on the failure of a Viking automatic fire sprinkler established a product liability that resulted in a $1.4M dollar jury award for Wyatt in Oklahoma.

    Mr. Cahanin's services are available to plaintiff and defendant attorneys. Case work can include site investigation, materials testing, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony.

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    • CPVC Sprinkler Pipe Failure
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  • Life Safety Egress & Compliance
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  • Fire Alarm Failures
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    Chet L. Sandberg
    Owner, Principal Engineer
    758 Torreya Ct.
    Palo Alto CA 94303
    USA
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    Chet L. Sandberg received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He is a professional engineer in the state of California and an IEEE Fellow.

    Background Experience - Mr. Sandberg joined the Chemelex Division of Raychem Corporation where he managed technology projects for 30 years. He held various positions at Raychem including Engineer, Product Manager, Consumer Products Division Manager, and Chief Engineer. For the next 6 years, Mr. Sandberg managed the development of a downhole, self-regulating electrical heater technology for Shell Oil. In 2009, he founded C L Sandberg & Associates, a consultancy specializing in Energy Projects.

    Mr. Sandberg is now associated with Electrical Energy Storage EPRI, ESA, Sandia, and PNNL, as well as providing due diligence expertise for venture capital and private equity companies on their technical prospective investments. He has been granted 30 United States Patents and has authored over 70 technical papers on energy usage, electric heat tracing, ground fault technology, fiber optics, sensor technology, and personal computers as design tools.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Sandberg is a Heat Transfer Expert with successful litigation in Steam and Electrical Heat Tracing. He has written papers on thermal insulation, LNG tank protection, heavy oil production, and appliance heat transfer. He has court room experience, including testifying before the ITC in Washington DC. Mr. Sandberg is available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Novel Battery Technology
    • Energy Storage
    • Electrical Ground Fault Protection
    • Powerline Carrier Technology
    • Heat Transfer
    • Backup Power Supply
    • Oil Field Heating and Instrumentation Engineering
    • Safety Requirements in Nuclear Power Generation
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    Helmut G. Brosz
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    64 Bullock Drive
    Markham Ontario L3P 3P2
    CAN
    phone: 905-472-6660
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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.

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