Omnia Forensis Ingenariae 
"All Things Forensic Engineering"
News and Views for the Forensic Engineer
and Their Legal/Insurance Clients
Richard A. Rice, PE - Editor
Edition XXX - January 2019
Editor's Thoughts
President of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Becomes Board Certified Forensic Engineer
It is with great pride to announce that Michael Aitken, PE, the president of the NSPE recently achieved Senior Member status with the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). While Mr. Aitken has been working as a forensic engineer for many years, he now has the distinction of being a Board Certified Forensic Engineer. His peers within NAFE have reviewed his qualifications and approved his membership. Congratulations to Mr. Aitken!!!

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Richard A. Rice, PE
In the News...
Do You Feel Like Someone is Watching You?
OSHA is now using drones to perform worksite inspections. At the moment, OSHA must get permission for the drone inspections. Interesting article. Click Here.

Trench Excavation Cave-in Deaths Rising
With the expanding economy, contractors are hiring more unskilled labor than in years past. Without proper training, the unskilled laborers are at greater risk, especially on residential construction sites. Click Here.

State Farm Speeding up Subrogation
The subrogation process has traditionally been one of the most time consuming activities. State Farm might have an answer. Click Here

Expert Requires Compensation Each Time
In civil matters, experts routinely require advance compensation before reviewing reports produced by "the other side." In this instance, a forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution refuses to read a report that could exonerate someone in prison for child abuse unless a retainer is received. It is not clear if the pathologist works directly for the state. If so, how can a retainer be requested? Interesting. Click Here.

Lawyer in Hot Water for Involving Client in Defense
An attorney requests that an expert block off a week to attend a trial. Months before the trial, the case settles, but the attorney never tells the expert. The expert sues the attorney for lost compensation. The attorney lies to the client that the client is being sued.

Maintenance Company Has Duty to Protect
The contract between a property owner and a maintenance company clearly indicated that the maintenance company would advise the property owner of any problems or defects. Apparently, an open hole was not discovered. Click Here .

Can a US Forensic Engineer Work on Contingency?...NEVER!!!
It is paramount that all forensic engineers and the attorneys who hire them know that a forensic engineer CANNOT be hired on a contingency basis. Section III, paragraph 6a from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics states:
III, 6a: Engineers shall not request, propose, or accept a commission on a contingent basis under circumstances in which their judgment may be compromised.
The following article, while about a situation in the UK, brings home the consequences of an expert working on a contingency basis. Click Here .
Expert Referrals
I have the privilege to work with many great forensic experts in the United States, Asia and Europe in the fields of Accident Reconstruction, Electrical Failures, Mechanical Failures just to name a few disciplines. Please allow me to refer to you one of these court tested experts for your next insurance claim or legal matter. There is no charge to you. I do not get a finders fee from anyone. This is my way of helping you. Plus, I can help my Forensic Engineering colleagues. Please email me or call 404.395.7441.  

Note:  No warranties, expressed or implied, are made to the suitability of any expert referred to you. Do your homework to make sure you have the right expert.
...about the Editor
Richard A. Rice, PE is President and Forensic Engineer for Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI. Because of 30+ years of continuous civil/structural design services, and his early and continued exposure to his friends and families many construction businesses, Mr. Rice is uniquely qualified to provide Civil/Structural Forensic Engineering services to the insurance, legal, and construction industries. Services include building design and construction, roadway design and construction, building inspection and code compliance, building/foundation collapse, construction site incidents, and other property loss subjects. Mr. Rice is a licensed professional engineer in several states, and a Fellow and Board Certified Diplomate of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Mr. Rice has written a novel and numerous technical articles published in professional journals for NAFE, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), and the Georgia Defense Lawyer Association (GDLA). Please call/email Mr. Rice or visit his company's webpage:

Richard A. Rice, PE - Civil/Structural Engineer
Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI
13009 Panhandle Road
Hampton, GA 30228
(Phone): 404.395.7441


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