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 XXXIV - May 2019
Editor's Thoughts
Multiple Injuries from Deck Collapse
Wow!!! On April 19th, during a wedding celebration where 100 guests were in attendance, a deck collapsed causing dozens of injuries. Many are still in the hospital. The cause is still not known.
Exterior decks are well known for unchecked deterioration, and generally poor construction. Before any large gathering, please make sure your exterior deck is up to the job. To read about this deck failure, Click Here .

It should be noted that this incident occurred at a rental home. It is the experience of your Editor that rental home owners are notorious for not properly inspecting their properties.

To learn about how to prevent and investigate deck failures, especially wood deck failures, Click Here .
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Richard A. Rice, PE
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In the News...

It's Spring. Let's Go Hot Tubbing!!!
Sorry for the teaser. It seems that hot tubbing is back in the news in Canada. The Canadian courts have developed a new procedure for picking experts for hot tubbing. Click Here.

Latest on Radiohead Stage Collapse
An investigation into the Radiohead stage collapse revealed that the design called for structural parts that were not on site. For more, Click Here.

Forged PE Stamps Happen More Often Than You Think
A woman from Queens, NY is in heaping big trouble for forging construction documents. "Allegedly", she was using a stolen PE stamp to get the documents approved by the city. Many want to agrue that this is a victimless crime. I would say that many are ignorant to the fact that PE's are required by law to protect life and property. Click Here

SCOTUS News for Expert Witnesses
It seems that the SCOTUS has decided that it is ok for agency expert witnesses to withhold data supporting their opinions. Curious. Click Here.

Characteristics of a Great Expert Witness
This article from Bloomberg Law explains the four C's of being a great expert witness. Click Here.

Experts Parroting Client's Claims
This is a great article on how the courts are coming down on experts that are reciting their client's claims without providing any analysis to back it up. If you are going to be an expert witness, you have to do the math. Click Here.

Overzealous Experts...Not Good!!!
Maria E. Rodriguez has written an article entitled, "The Dangers of Overzealous Experts." It's a great read.   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

Email:   mutual@bellsouth.net  
Website:   MutualEngineering.com

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