Engineers have three separate and distinct roles in
Under NFPA 921 Article 14.5, engineers are retained to
assist Origin & Cause investigators in specialized fields.
As such, engineers perform on-site incident analysis with
one of three objectives in mind:
A. Identify cause
B. Rule out cause
C. Establish a record for liability issues.
2. Joint Inspection
After the Origin & Cause investigators have identified an
area of origin, engineers representing all potential
interested parties perform a joint inspection of the item of
origin. This generally involves destructive testing of
suspect items. The inspection provides the go: no-go
decision of the case.
For smaller incidents where there is little question of the
origin, the incident equipment will be sent to the Lab for
analysis of its possible contribution to the incident. This
is a cost effective practice for low loss incidents that can
aid in substantial recovery. Our lab is top-notch.
All work is under a licensed engineer who is also a
certified fire & explosion investigator.