Incident Investigation

It’s not always easy to see exactly what went wrong after the dust has settled….

Our knowledge of site practices along with our modelling and simulation abilities can help you discover the root cause of an incident. Our experienced engineers have undergone training in root cause analysis, forensic engineering investigation and expert witness reporting so they can present findings in a professional, credible manner.

Our Experience

We have conducted investigations relating to:

  • Crane related fatalities
  • Large scale equipment failure
  • Rigging failure
  • Worksite construction practices
  • Transport equipment failure

When you need an extensive knowledge base we have a complete range of engineering and metallurgic skills for you to draw on. We can also assist you as experts to act as arbitrators and mediators in complex technical disputes.

Methodology

There is no single procedure that can be applied all forensic engineering investigations.  We find that investigations usually require the following activities:

  1. Site inspection and laser scanning (where possible)
  2. Document and records review
  3. Research
  4. Modelling and Testing
  5. Analysis
  6. Development of Opinion
  7. Reporting

Depending on the complexity and timing of the matter, the investigation stages often overlap or change order.  In some jobs the stages loop back as new information comes to light.

We are often engaged to work within a client’s investigation team as technical experts within ICAM or TapRooT style frameworks.