Mechanical Consulting Engineers often engaged to investigate the cause of industrial accidents and fires. By being a neutral 3rd party to an incident, they are able to discern if a piece of equipment failed to meet its published operating specification, if the equipment was used improperly, or if the equipment failed to meet safety standards that are particular to a given industry.
Mechanical Engineers Discuss a Pressure Vessel
Mechanical Engineers Engaged for Cause Investigation
Engineering Consultants' role in Cause Investigations
Cause Investigation refers to the analysis of incidents and accidents as a means of determining the source. In some cases, that means concluding whether a crime has been committed, particularly in cases which involve large insurance claims. But more often, a cause investigation simply sets out to determine where an accident began and whether fault may be assigned. Most importantly, by rooting out the source of an accident, a cause investigator can make recommendations about (1) how to prevent such incidents in the future, and (2) how to improve the overall safety of the workplace.
Qualified engineering consultants play a huge role in cause investigations. No matter what the incident, a consulting engineer can break down the data into usable, real-world information in order to pinpoint the source of the incident. Mechanical engineers can analyze design specifications for elements like flow rate, temperature, torque, component materials and pressure control to seek out problem spots. Structural engineers can study evidence for signs of weakness or corrosion that might lead to a collapse. Electrical engineers can search for circuit and wiring flaws that might create a fire, or determine the location of power grid overloads. No matter what type of engineer the situation requires, it’s critical to select one who presents his findings in clear, easy-to-understand terms: either for the cause investigation report, or in a courtroom—should legal action be required.
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At Glew Engineering, our highly trained staff has the know-how to assist in any type of cause investigation. With a diverse group of engineers, we’re armed with over 500 years of collective knowledge in many fields of engineering. We provide reliable investigative work that’s accurate down to the last detail—and present our findings in concise terms that are layman-friendly. In the event a court case is necessary, our engineers can provide extensive litigation support, both in preparing a case and in testifying as expert witnesses. Contact us today to put our engineering expertise to work for you.