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Services

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

  • We have over 45 years experience in conducting detailed accident investigations in preparation for litigation
  • Expert photography assists in documenting the scene and providing fine details
  • Comprehensive reports provide references to all pertinent regulations, standards and codes
  • Reports are backed by experienced testimony from a Professional Consulting Engineer who is an experienced, expert witness

PERSONAL INJURY AND PRODUCT FAILURE INVESTIGATIONS

Occupational safety, accident investigations, forensic engineering and material and product failure analysis. We conduct thorough investigations such as:

  • Glass and window fracture analysis
  • Personal injury caused by consumer products, machinery and equipment
  • Powered equipment accidents such as lawnmowers and tools

PLUMBING FAILURES AND WATER ESCAPES

  • Building water escape causes including determination of duration
  • Plumbing fitting failure analysis and code review. Performed 750 toilet water supply fitting failures.
  • Dwelling and building freeze investigations and date of loss determination
  • Material failure analysis and corrosion failures
  • Toilet failures
  • Sewer backups
  • Fire sprinkler head failures
  • Hot water tank failures

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY

We assist clients in:

  • Compliance with Ministry of Labour orders
  • Industrial accident investigations that are required by the Ministry of Labour

FUEL OIL SYSTEM FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS

  • Detailed investigation, documentation and explanation of tank and fuel oil piping installation deficiencies
  • Explanation of current CSA B139, ULC and TSSA installation code requirements and industry
    practices
  • Metallurgical analysis of tank material and pitting corrosion failures Comprehensive research and supporting documentation for detailed reports

VEHICLES AND MOBILE EQUIPMENT

  • Vehicle and mobile equipment components including, engine and drivetrain failures
  • Crane, rigging, fastener and marine equipment failures
  • Auto hoists and aerial device failures

View Our Gallery To See Previous Investigations

  • A foreign substance cracked nylon fibers

  • A foreign substance cracked nylon fibers

  • Crack at first thread in Reverse Osmosis canister

  • Linear chrome plating cracks caused by expansion of tube from freezing

  • Insufficiently inserted soldered pipe separated from overloading due to freezing

  • A foreign substance cracked nylon fibers

  • Digital Microscopy of Failed Sprinkler Fuse

  • Copper tabs bent downward in defective sprinkler head

  • Cracks in chrome plating caused by freezing

  • Chew marks from Norwegian Rat that Caused a Water Escape from PEX tube

  • Sprinkler Head Discharges

  • Chew Marks Up Close

  • Fractured toilet water supply coupling nut

  • Coupling nut fracture surface

  • Water filter freezing failure

  • Canister exterior fracture

  • Canister fracture surface

  • Corrosion and stress-corrosion cracking on wire-braided hose caused by chloride

  • Macro photography view

  • Keyence VHX-1000 digital microscope view

  • Overload failure of high pressure 4-inch vibration dampener hose

  • Fracture of threaded fitting in 1 year old faucet

  • Stress-corrosion cracking in brass fitting – macro photography

  • Cracks when viewed under Keyence VHX-1000 digital microscope

EXPERT WITNESS AND LITIGATION SUPPORT

Safety and Forensic Engineering has prepared thousands of detailed, concise reports documenting incidents and failures that are essential in support of litigation; including discovery, cross-examination questions and review of rebuttal reports

Gary W. Howard, P. Eng. has over 35 years engineering experience and has been qualified as an expert in accident investigationfailure analysis and mechanical equipment in:

•  B.C. Coroner’s Inquests

•  B.C. and Ontario Superior Courts

•  B.C. Criminal Court