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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
  • 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.

    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.

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    Murray & Trettel, Inc.
    Thomas Piazza
    President
    600 N 1st Bank Dr.
    Palatine IL 60067
    USA
    phone: 847-934-8230
    fax: 847-446-8480
    Thomas R. Piazza, CCM, President and CEO of Murray and Trettel, Incorporated, brings to the company more than 35 years of experience in the field of Meteorology with more than 20 years in positions of management. He joined Murray and Trettel in 1975 after four years of experience as a Weather Officer in the U.S. Air Force.

    In 1987, Mr. Piazza was named President of the Operational Forecast Division, in 1991, Executive Vice President of the Company and in 2001, President and CEO. In addition to his administrative responsibilities as President, he is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist holding Certificate #661.
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    Ernest Chiodo
    M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H.
    221 North LaSalle,Suite 1748
    Chicago IL 60601
    USA
    phone: 312-351-0717
    Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H), and biomedical engineer. Dr. Chiodo is board certified in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chiodo served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was the chief physician in charge of measures designed to protect the public health of over one million persons. He has also been the lead expert witness in a number of high profile cases including serving as the lead expert witness in a mass toxic tort case for Gerry Spence.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Electrocution
  • Building Related Disease
  • Biomechanics
  • Bed Bugs
  • Genetic evidence in the form of DNA profiles has proven to be a powerful tool in the advance of justice by proving the innocence of accused persons.

    Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.

    10/11/2012 · Toxicogenomics
    In toxic tort litigation, a person is often claiming to have developed cancer or some other serious disease due to having been exposed to a particular substance. Determining if the exposure to the substance was the cause of the disease is often a central focus of the litigation.

    9/26/2012 · Medical
    It is a common error that an attorney retains the wrong type of expert to testify in a lawsuit. This error is particularly common when the expert is a medical specialist. It is widely believed that a medical doctor who specializes in a particular organ system is qualified to formulate opinions and testify as to all issues concerning that organ system.

    Ernest Chiodo, MD, JD, MPH, CIH
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    Executive Vice President, Electrical Engineering
    9907 Dogwood Court
    Montgomery, AL 36117
    USA
    phone: 334-322-4574
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    John E. Averrett‚ PE, LEED AP, has over 24 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer, designing electrical systems for governmental, commercial, and industrial projects. He is a Professional Electrical Engineer licensed in 11 states and carries the AP status for LEED.

    Mr. Averrett is recognized as an expert in Electric Power Systems and has been the engineer of record for hundreds of projects throughout his career. He launched Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Inc.'s (GMC) Electrical Engineering Division in 2008, which has continued to expand and post positive profit since its inception.

    In addition to working on water and wastewater plants, K-12 and higher education, aviation centes, industrial plants, data centers, automotive plants, and federal projects - Mr. Averrett leads a variety of project types, including electrical distribution systems; lightning protection systems; energy efficiency; arc flash; third party machine evaluations; and generator design.

    Mr. Averrett is the Electrical Engineer of record for several projects with NASA including the NASA Test Stands 4693 and 4697, which will be used to test the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever used on a rocket for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)—the most powerful rocket in history.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Averrett offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. He provides site review, thorough reporting, deposition, and trial testimony as needed nationwide.

    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrocution
    • Lightning
    • Lightning Protection
    • Arc Flash
    • Electrical Safety
  • Building Analysis
  • Grounding
  • Shock
  • Electric Shock Drowning
  • Breaker Coordination
  • Electrical Distribution
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    Daniel J. Maple, BCMA, RCA, MA, TRAQ
    9507 N. Division St., Suite K-1
    Spokane WA 99218
    USA
    phone: 509-953-0293
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    Daniel J. Maple, BCMA, RCA, MA, TRAQ, is a Registered Consulting Arborist, Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Municipal Specialist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and holds a Commercial Applicators License. As of August 2017, there are 284 RCAs, 698 BCMAs, and 884 MSs in the world. Mr. Maple has the distinction of having all of these qualifications as well as others.

    With over 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Maple has provided ethical, scientific sound arboriculture solutions to both the public and private sector. During this time, Mr. Maple owned and operated a tree service, and was a first responder in several natural disasters that resulted in thousands of tree failures. His investigations into the tree failures and the experience gained makes him uniquely qualified among his peers as a risk assessor and risk mitigation planner. Mr. Maple has used his years of hands on experience along with his formal education to advise states, cities, parks, developers, managers, HOAs and the private sector.

    Litigation Support - As an expert witness, Daniel J. Maple is well respected for his ability to document evidence, superior communication skills, forensic investigations, and pragmatism. He is articulate and knowledgeable under cross-examination. Mr. Maple's services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Line of Sight / Safety Issues
    • Tree Accident Investigation / Reconstruction
    • Tree Defect Personal Injury
    • Plant Damage Assessment
    • Tree Property Value
    • Tree Appraisal
    • Valuation of Landscape Plants
  • Tree Inspections and Risk Assessment
  • Border and Boundary Line Tree Disputes
  • Negligent or Intentional Timber Trespass
  • Insurance Claim Investigation
  • Lightning / Storm Damage Evaluation
  • Tree Preservation During Construction
  • Loss to Eminent Domain Taking
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