Failure Analysis

Expert in this field
Richard Nellis CET, CFEI


Senior Forensic Consultant

T: +1 905 896 8181 Ext:8442

Since many of our electrical and mechanical engineers are also certified fire investigators and are extensively familiar with fire patterns and damage, they work closely with our fire investigators to provide a comprehensive, technical examination that identifies the failure and assigns responsibility when and where possible. Additionally, in order to stay current with the latest analysis tools and techniques, we require that both our investigators and engineers maintain their certifications through regularly scheduled continuing education courses.

After we’ve isolated the fire’s origin and potential ignition sources, our engineers will conduct on-site or bench examinations of various components or systems to identify the nature of the failure, whether it resulted from a manufacturing or design defect, negligent installation or third-party liability. Our thorough evaluations strengthen any case from the causation side of the investigation and result in potential opportunities for recovery or policy defenses.

Incendiarism

Expert in this field
Richard Nellis CET, CFEI


Senior Forensic Consultant

T: +1 905 896 8181 Ext:8442

Our fire investigators rely on current industry standards and scientific principles to provide the factual basis to support our findings. An incendiary fire determination must be supported by the evidence and relevant facts developed through the use of sound methodology. Each hypothesis during the fire scene investigation must be tested down to the final hypothesis. The determination classification must be based on empirical research, not speculation. When our investigators determine that a fire was set intentionally, the proof will rest in the evidence.

We have the experience and resources to take the investigation to the next level. We’re trained in proper interview techniques, neighborhood canvassing, following paper trails and performing computer and courthouse records’ searches.

Our engineers, chemists and scientists can expertly identify, analyze and document all evidence collected, and process the findings in our in-house laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instruments.

Furthermore, we realize that the investigation does not end with an incendiary fire cause — it’s only the beginning — and our experts are prepared to take a file from assignment to the courtroom.

Liability

Expert in this field
Richard Nellis CET, CFEI


Senior Forensic Consultant

T: +1 905 896 8181 Ext:8442

In these type cases, a reliable independent opinion can still be formed based on a comprehensive review of the known facts and evidence. Following proper methodology, testing of the stated theories can prove or disprove a final hypothesis or conclusion. One or more of our select groups of fire and scientific experts can assess the raw data, review the documentation and evidence that was used as the basis of a conclusion in a claimant’s technical expert’s report and conduct independent verification, resulting in an objective view of the cause and responsibility of a loss or claim.

Regardless of the original conclusions with the claimant, we can provide additional insight into the technical issues of a claim and a true assessment of the level of certainty. Additional review and investigation can also identify evidence or facts that may have been overlooked and/or not considered in original conclusions, even in the most complex incidents.