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Electrical Equipment Failures Cause and Liability

TASA ID: 419

Many insurance claims and lawsuits are the result of electrical system failures.  The basis for such actions is frequently personal injury and/or property damage that can be caused by fire or other degradation of related systems, vehicles or structures.  It will be shown that electrical systems can have high inherent reliability to minimize end-product field service costs, safety hazards and, of course, liability. Failures of electrical systems are most frequently due to external factors such as poor design, improper use, faulty manufacturing, substandard service, mishandling and other causes. System malfunctions are rarely caused by random component failures and a properly executed failure analysis will almost always identify an entity liable for resultant damages.
Category: Construction, Safety

Excavating Accidents

TASA ID: 1092

OSHA states that workers have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, including construction workers handling excavations in trenches.  A trench is a type of excavation or depression in the ground that is generally deeper than it is wide (as opposed to a wider gully or ditch) and narrow compared to its length (as opposed to a simple hole). Trenches are used on many construction sites to lay pipe, cables and conduits among other reasons.

Claims Involving the Built Environment: How Architects and Engineers Can Advise Attorneys

TASA ID: 971

The built environment is full of hazards, costs and losses from which claims can arise. When an injury or loss occurs in an existing portion of the built environment or during construction, an architect or engineer can provide valuable insight in helping an attorney to sort out the issues associated with the physical conditions in the built environment.

Forensic Engineering Investigation of a Long Span Wooden Truss Failure During Erection

TASA ID: 1134

With about one third of the long span wood trusses in place for a 60' by 100' building being constructed as a convenience store, the trusses already erected fell over like dominos injuring three laborers.  The three workers sued a number of parties involved in the project including the crane rental company and the manufacturer and supplier of the trusses, claiming that they shared responsibility for the accident and that they should have taken action to prevent the collapse. The author was retained as an expert witness for the crane rental company.  Investigation and analysis of available facts established that the crane rental company was not responsible and should have had no liability.
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