Those who work in the civil justice arena will be aware of the possible introduction of concurrent expert evidence, also known as ‘hot-tubbing’.Mike Jones shares his experience of giving evidence in Norway.
- Fire investigation
We investigate all types of fire incident, from the smallest appliance fire to the largest multi-million pound loss. Our experience extends to residential and commercial properties, cars and commercial vehicles, manufacturing and industrial processes and facilities, and electrical consumer goods amongst many others. We have appropriately qualified electrical engineers to provide specialist back-up in the investigation of fires of electrical origin.
- Explosion investigation
We have experience in investigating gas explosions in residential and commercial properties, and in gas fired plant including heating systems and commercial production facilities. We have also investigated incidents involving the ignition of flammable liquids.
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
As well as investigating fires involving electrical ignition sources, our electrical engineers are experienced in the investigation of electric shock and electrocution in personal injury cases. We have also been involved in the investigation of failures in electrical production and distribution systems including turbines, wind farms and solar photo-voltaic systems.
- Mechanical engineering and materials science
Our mechanical and materials engineers have been instructed to investigate defects in motor vehicles, plant and machinery. We have also investigated failures of fire suppression systems, pipework and pumping systems, and structural failures and collapses. We have particular expertise in welding, cutting and engineering fabrication and the maintenance and repair of engineering plant and equipment. We have significant experience in the examination of metals, plastics and composites for fatigue failure, corrosion and impact damage. We have also provided expert advice in instances where manufacturing plant has failed to perform to specification.
We have experience in investigating claims arising from goods in transit including loading and unloading accidents in both marine and land based environments. We have also been involved in the investigation of a number of high profile train collisions and derailments.
- Road traffic accidents
A number of our engineers are experienced in traffic accident reconstructions including collisions between vehicles and other road users, and pedestrians. We can also assist where the incident involves consideration of the mechanical failure of vehicle components including the examination of tyres, brakes, suspension, steering and other safety systems.
- Personal injury
We are often instructed in personal injury cases involving slips, trips and falls; defective equipment and machinery; unsafe working practices; adequacy of risk assessments.
- HSE prosecutions
We have provided expert evidence in the defence of HSE prosecutions involving allegedly defective vehicles, unsafe working practices and inadequate process controls across a wide variety of industries. Incidents have included fatal and non-fatal accidents, fires, explosions and electrocutions/electric shock.
- Fire protection
The investigation of the spread of a fire often includes the consideration of passive fire protection measures such as fire stopping, and active measures such as sprinkler systems. We are experienced in the examination of passive fire protection measures and can comment on their compliance with the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations. We are also able to comment on the performance and design of sprinkler systems and their compliance with national and European standards.