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 XXVII - October 2018
Editor's Thoughts
Hurricane Florence

Here we are weeks after Hurricane Florence struck the US eastern seaboard and the effects are still being felt. Rivers continue to rise, and people are being evacuated even now. Amazing.
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In the News...
Commerce Law in Canada
Apparently, it is easier for Canadian insurers to bring in US adjusters for help than to look to other provinces. Click Here.

Subrogation is Possible for Construction Claims
Many construction policies do not allow for subrogation. Attorney Jessica Grant provides an interesting article for subrogation in the construction context. Click Here.

The Drones are Coming
With the improving weather after Hurricane Florence, comes the drones. Property owners are not allowed back in. In response, drone operators are in high demand. Click Here

Construction Dispute Settlement
This is a great article written by attorney Jason T. Strickland about the use of arbitration and the difference between arbitration and using the courts. Click Here.

Two Excavation Deaths...Same Contractor
As many of my loyal readers know, construction deaths from inadequate fall protection and excavation safety are a real pet peeve of mine. Here is an article about one contractor that lost two employees at separate locations six months apart. Click Here

Two More Excavation Deaths
Two men have died in what has been described as a "tragic accident" at a residential construction site. It is my experience that too many "tragic accidents" occur in excavations and on residential sites. When you compound the desire to cut costs by reducing excavation safety measures with the slim profit margins of residential construction, you have a bad recipe. Click Here .

FIU Pedestrian Bridge Update: OSHA Drops a Few Hammers
OSHA has begun handing out fines to those involved in the design and construction of the FIU pedestrian bridge. It seems OSHA has a problem with people not closing bridges with visible cracks in them. Click Here

And Speaking of Cracks in Bridges...
How ironic that a bridge in San Francisco has developed TWO cracks in its steel beams. The prudent people there have smartly closed off the area beneath the bridge, and have provided temporary supports until a cause has been determined. Click Here.

Wood Deck Collapse Injures Eight
A wood deck on a Maryland residence collapsed sending eight people to the hospital. It was reported that there were 20 people on the 40-foot by 20-foot deck when it collapsed. Let's do some quick math. 40 times 20 equals 800 square feet. Assuming a code requirement of 40 pounds per square feet for the deck, each person would have to weigh over 1600 pounds to overload the deck. I think it is safe to say there was something wrong with the deck. To read the article about the deck failure Click Here. To read about the common causes of deck failures, 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.  

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...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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