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Thomas J. Kelly, MSEE, MBA, PE, CFEI
Senior Consulting Engineer
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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Thomas J. Kelly, MSEE, MBA, PE, CFEI, Senior Consulting Engineer, is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Maryland, and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. He has both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, along with a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in strategic leadership, from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Mr. Kelly's 25-year career in electrical engineering includes forensic engineering investigation involving industrial electrical accidents, electrical equipment failure analysis, control system failures, including robotics and automation components and scope of damage assessments. He has conducted investigations for arc flash incidents, electrocution and electric shock accidents and lightning strike evaluations. From his large facilities management, Mr. Kelly has a depth of knowledge in building envelope performance, lighting system performance and compliance, low and medium voltage electrical distribution systems, and automated production control systems. Critical data infrastructure systems are a special area of interest including emergency and standby power systems.

Mr. Kelly's experience also includes the design and analysis of Alternative Energy Systems utilizing both solar and fuel cell technologies. A Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Tom is experienced in fire and explosion analysis, origin, and cause investigations. Drawing from prior product design work, he has a wide range of experiences with product defect analysis and evaluating the workmanship of installed electrical systems.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrical Equipment Failures
  • Electrocution and Electric Shock Accidents
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Industrial Electrical Accidents
  • Lightning Strike Analysis
  • Scope of Damage - Estimate of Repair
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    Peter R. Walsh, PE, ESCP, AT
    115 Teaticket Path
    Teaticket MA 02536
    USA
    phone: 774-327-9470
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    Peter R. Walsh, PE, is a Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer with over 35 years of experience. He is an NFPA 70E Certified “Electrical Safety Compliance Professional” and OSHA “Authorized Trainer” for General Industry Training.

    Background - Mr. Walsh joined General Electric Company early in his career as a Field Engineer. Since then, he has seen many electrical incidents in a variety of roles and companies. He began his forensic career with GE supplying analyses to their legal team. He has forensically investigated incidents in the proximity of electrical equipment, such as fuses, and provided application assistance for a total of 20 years with the largest fuse companies.

    Mr. Walsh has applied electrical products in accordance with National Electrical Code, OSHA regulations, IEEE Standards, and good practices. He has provided technical leadership to electrical industry codes and standards organizations. Presently he is a member of Code Making Panel 10 of the National Electrical Code, which is responsible for Overcurrent and Service Protection. His first appointment to the National Electrical Code was for the 2008 code cycle.

    Mr. Walsh served on other NFPA technical committees such as 110 and 111 and participated in meetings with NFPA 70E committees. NFPA recognizes him as Electrical Safety Compliance Professional. Within IEEE, he has served this Standards Organization enough to obtain Lifetime Membership. He has written numerous articles about arc flash, arc flash calculations, surge arrestors, and general electrical industry equipment.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Walsh provides expert witness services for cases involving Electrical Safety. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, thorough reports, depositions, and trial testimony when needed. OSHA recognizes Mr. Walsh as an “Authorized Trainer” for General Industry. He trains electrical maintenance people in latest Safety Standards- NFPA 70E, OSHA General Industry, and the National Electrical Code.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Workplace Electrical Safety
    • NFPA 70E
    • OSHA General Industry-Electrical
    • National Electrical Code
    • Electrical Overcurrent Protection
    • Arc Flash
  • Arc Flash Requirements
  • Electrocution
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Electrical Fuses & Applications
  • Fuse Forensics
  • Investigation of Electrical Shock & Surge
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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    2309 19th Street
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: (806) 368-9811
    fax: (806) 368-9812
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    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...


    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:

    CREDENTIALS. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support

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    Michael J. Slifka, PE
    3221 Conservancy Lane
    Middleton, WI 53562
    Serves: All States USA
    phone: 608-692-3096 (cell) or 608-827-5241
    fax: 608-608-827-5243
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    Michael J. Slifka, PE is an internationally recognized Licensed Professional Fire Protection Engineer and Fire Protection Consultant. He has spent over 30 years working to protect others by promoting fire safety.

    Mr. Slifka has served as president/CEO of a leading fire protection engineering company. He acted as Chief of Safety, Fire Protection, and Occupational Health for the Veterans Administration, the world’s largest health care organization responsible for, among other duties, the compliance of 172 hospitals and 225 outpatient clinics to JCAHO criteria. Mr. Slifka served on the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS); the National Bureau of Standards; the National Fire Protection Association; the US. General Services Administration; Rolf-Jensen & Associates; Republic Steel Company; and the Ohio Inspection Bureau.

    Mr. Slifka has investigated hundreds of fires during his fire protection career, and has been qualified as an expert witness in both deposition and at trial in U.S. Federal and State Courts. He is the principal resource to the manufactured housing /building industry on litigation for fire cause and origin, alleged defective construction practices, and wrongful injury and death cases. Mr. Slifka's services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Fire Safety Testing
    • Fire Safety Training
    • Fire Safety Retrofits
    • Electrical Testing
    • Structural Testing
    • Fire Protection Engineering
    • Fire Engineering Consulting
    • Fire Protection Research
  • Building Codes / Standards
  • Inspection / Design Review
  • Stairway & Pathway Design
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • High-Rise Safety
  • Health Care Institutional Safety
  • Industrial Safety
  • Manufactured Housing Safety
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    Maximo M. Fuentes
    4005 Manzanita Ave. Suite-6 PMB 507
    Carmichael CA 95608
    USA
    phone: 916-505-7298
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    Maximo M. Fuentes has over 34 years in the Transmission and Distribution Power Industry. He has constructed, maintained, and led line crews as a foreman and line supervisor.

    Experience - Mr. Fuentes has been at the forefront of delivering training to utilities from power to telecom. Leading a team for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, he developed and was in charge of creating the largest service provider for training in 2000 for SBC (Southwest Bell) for their field staff to install the largest rollout of DSL. An ability to move quickly and successfully enabled Mr. Fuentes to open a Northern and Southern California training facility along with a facility in Texas for SBC.

    Mr. Fuentes also assisted in the training and development of the Distribution Outage Application rollout for the Transmission and Distribution department, worked on the early stages of the OMS (Outage Management System) implementation, and developed the business case for acquiring a Work Planning and Electronic Timekeeping solution. He led and directed workgroups installing and providing maintenance on the distribution automation equipment (Smart Grid).

    Litigation Support - Max Fuentes provides professional expertise in the construction, operation, and maintenance of transmission and distribution electric industry's accepted work practices and preferred work methods. His services, available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant, include field investigations, written expert witness opinions, depositions, arbitrations, and testimony involving all types of electrical accidents involving lineworkers and other related electrical crafts trades.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electrocution and Contact with Energized Lines and Equipment
    • Accidents involving Electrical Utility Systems
    • Personal Protective Grounding
    • Electric Utility Work Methods Development and Training
    • Hot stick and Rubber Glove Work Methods
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    Curtis E. Falany, PE
    President & Principal Engineer

    1003 S. Alexander Street, Suite 9
    Plant City FL 33563
    USA
    phone: 352-793-9300 (Office)813-716-2582 (Cell)
    fax: 813-793-9301
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    J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc. has been very effective in litigation support by assisting attorneys in their evaluation of the merits of impending action, in testimony and in consultation with counsel during preparation for trial. We qualify as experts in many fields of engineering practice. We can also assist in locating an expert if the required areas of expertise are beyond our scope. We are available to counsel for either plaintiff or defense and as advisors and experts empaneled by the Court.

    Curtis E. Falany, PE, President and Principal of J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc., has been a forensic electrical engineer and expert witness for over 25 years. Previously, he was the CEO of an electrical design build firm and a principal in a consortium of companies serving the electrical, computer, and communications industries worldwide. He has served as a member of the Florida Electrical Contractors Licensing Board and as the author of the Hillsborough County Florida Electrical Code.

    Litigation Support - As a forensic engineer and expert witness, Mr. Falany has assisted clients in the investigation and resolution of more than 500 cases, both in the USA and overseas. He has given expert testimony in both Federal and State litigation. Mr. Falany has consulted on matters of:
    • Electric Utilities
    • Property
    • Casualty
  • Fidelity
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Construction Disputes
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    Morris S. Farkas
    Professional Safety Engineer
    3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. #365
    Westlake Village CA 91362
    USA
    phone: 805-494-0444
    fax: 805-494-0441
    Morris S. Farkas is a Professional Safety Engineer with over 35 years of experience in Construction, Industrial, and Electrical Safety, with the following credentials: Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Master of Science Degree in Safety, Licensed Professional Safety Engineer in California and Teaching College Courses in Accident Prevention, Construction Safety, and Occupational Safety and Health.

    Background Experience: - From 1974-1979, Mr. Farkas worked as a Construction Safety Engineer and Industrial Safety Engineer for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA), conducting safety inspections and accident investigations. For the next 12 years, he served as a Gas Pipeline Safety Engineer and Overhead & Underground Electrical Power Line Safety Engineer with the California Public Utilities Commission conducting safety inspections and accident investigations. Mr. Farkas also spent over 10 Years as a Bridge and Highway Engineer with State of California, Division of Highways (Cal-Trans).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Farkas has provided expert testimony for attorneys representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Since 1979, he has been retained as an expert over 3,000 times, given approximately 1,500 depositions, and opined in 250 trials in both State and Federal Courts.

    Mr. Farkas' services include consulting, document review, site inspections, safety research, reports, expert declarations, and expert testimony. He has testified in California, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Safety Engineering
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Safety Standards
    • Safe Custom and Practice
    • Standard of Care
    • Safety Instructions
    • Safety Labels & Warning Signs
    • Safe Use of Tools & Machinery
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Safety
    • Demolition Safety
    • Electrical Safety
    • Machine Guarding
    • Aerial Lifts
  • Industrial Safety
  • Pipeline Safety
  • Roofing Safety
  • Confined Space Entry into Tanks
  • Energy Source Lockout & Tagout
  • Ladders
  • Scaffolds
  • Manlifts
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Products Liability
  • Work Platforms
  • Stairs / Stairways
  • Forklifts
  • Fall Protection Solutions
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    H. Landis "Lanny" Floyd II, PE, CSP, CESCP, CMRP, CRL, Fellow IEEE
    35 Gina Ct.
    Elkton MD 21921
    USA
    phone: 302-547-4298
    fax: 443-378-5788
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    H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd II, PE, CSP, CMRP, CRL, CESCP, Life Fellow IEEE, has over 45 years of experience in Electrical Safety in the Workplace. His work has advanced the application of Human Factors Engineering, Electrical Technology, and Safety Management Systems in preventing occupational electrical injuries. Mr. Floyd retired from DuPont in 2014, holding the positions of Principal Consultant - Electrical Safety & Technology, and Global Electrical Safety Competency Leader.

    Background Experience - For the past 35 years, Mr. Floyd focused on electrical safety in the construction, operation, and maintenance of industrial and commercial facilities worldwide for DuPont. This included safety management systems, competency renewal, work practices, and the application of technologies critical to electrical safety performance.

    From 1992 to 2014, he led the team that designed and facilitated implementation of a strategy for continuous and sustainable improvement in occupational electrical safety for DuPont Global Operations. This work enabled breakthrough performance in prevention of serious injuries and fatalities from electrical energy in DuPont facilities worldwide.

    In 2013, Mr. Floyd was invited to join the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he teaches in the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Master of Engineering degree program.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Floyd has been providing expert witness services and litigation support for over 10 years. His expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. Floyd's services include consulting, site inspections, testing, reports, depositions, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Workplace Electrical Safety
    • Electrical Shock
    • Arc Flash
    • Electrical Safety Management Systems
    • Electrical Codes and Standards
    • NFPA70E & National Electrical Safety Code
    • National Electrical Code
    • Electrical Testing Instruments
  • Electrical Injury
  • Electrocution
  • Electrical Reliability
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Electrical Construction
  • Occupational Electrical Safety
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Overhead Power Lines
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    Dennis W. Eckstine
    Principal Consultant
    10817 Partridge Drive
    Waynesboro PA 17268
    USA
    phone: 717-762-1555
    fax: 717-762-9055
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    Dennis W. Eckstine is an expert on cranes, aerial work platforms, various types of lifting equipment, heavy duty trucks, carriers, and other similiar construction, industrial and agricultural equipment. He has held senior positions in engineering, quality, product safety and reliability for major manufacturers including representing the company at trial. Through his active involvement in current standards committees, his education, and his engineering and product safety experience at Grove Worldwide he brings a solid scientific and practical background to his clients.

    He was previously Vice President, Senior Director of Product Safety & Reliability, and Director of Engineering Administration for different major manufacturers. He possesses a BSME and MBA. Mr. Eckstine started as a full time employee in the construction equipment industry in 1971 for Grove.

    He is currently a member of numerous committees within the organizations of ANSI (American National Standards Institute), SAE (Society of Automotive Engineering), ISO, and National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Mr. Eckstine was the founding International Chairman of ISO TC 214 for Elevating Work Platforms. He is currently International Chairman of ISO TC 96 SC 6 for Mobile Cranes, and a Commissioner of CCO.

    Services Offered
  • Expert on construction, industrial and agricultural equipment
  • Evaluate Product to Promote Safe Design and Safe Use of Equipment
  • Hazard Analysis, Design Review, Warnings Development, Safety and Operational Training
  • Offer Guidance on Human Factors
  • CIE - Certified Industrial Ergonomist
  • Develop Standards for Design and Safe Use of Products
  • Develop Training Materials and Perfrom Training for Operators of Lifting Equipment Including Cranes and Aerial Work Platforms
  • Conduct Presentations at Seminars and Work Shops
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    R. John Miner, P.E.
    President
    12807 Aqua Valley
    Helotes TX 78023
    USA
    phone: 512-506-9007
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    R John Miner Utility Industry Expert PhotoR. John Miner, PE, is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 40 years of experience in the Utility Industry. He is Owner and President of Collaborative Learning, Inc. established in 1995, also doing business as Collaboration Unlimited and located in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, Mr. Miner provides a wide range of management and technical consulting, litigation support, and educational services. His clients include both public and private sector electric utilities, utility and technical associations, educational institutions, and law firms.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Miner provides expert litigation support on matters involving contractual disputes, electrical accidents, and compliance with both the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC - ANSI Standard C-2) and OSHA regulations applicable to electric utility distribution systems. He routinely presents seminars and short courses throughout the U.S on electrical distribution system design, construction, operation, and maintenance as well as electrical safety and the NESC.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electricity and Safety
    • Electric Utility
    • Utility Management
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    • OSHA Issues
    • Electrical Accident Investigation
    • Electric Utility Contracts
  • Power Plants
  • Power Lines
  • Electrical Distribution
  • Substations
  • Electrical Safety
  • High Voltage Accidents
  • Lineman Accidents
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    Thomas H. Burtness, PE
    2195 Wagon Trail Rd.
    White Heath IL 61884
    USA
    phone: 217-687-2000
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    Thomas Burtness Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoThomas H. Burtness, PE, is an Electrical Engineer specializing in both Electrical and Building Construction - equipment selection, specification, and installation (actually “working with the tools”), as well as cost control techniques.

    Background - Mr. Burtness has 40+ years of experience in the design, specification, construction contract administration, installation, startup, and troubleshooting of electrical power, on-site generation, distribution, control, and instrumentation systems and equipment for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal occupancies. His experience also includes water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment plants, and military facilities.

    Additional expertise includes Illumination Engineering for street, roadway, and area lighting including photometric footcandle requirements, calculations, field verification, equipment specifications, installation, and analysis of failure, glare, overlighting and underlighting.

    Litigation Support - Since, 1981, Mr. Burtness has been providing forensic electrical engineering services to insurance companies and attorneys including accident and failure investigations, determination of cause and origin, litigation support, expert opinions, reports, and testimony. His services are available nationwide, with PE registration by comity available in most states.

    Cases Involve:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Electrocution
    • Personal Injury
    • Fire
    • Equipment and Machinery Failure
  • Failure of Safety Circuitry
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Damage and Fire
  • Construction Defects / Contract Claims
  • Design and Specification Disputes
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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