Forensic Services: CARBON MONOXIDE

Team Investigators –
JOHN M. (JAY) FREEMAN, MS, PE, CFEI
JOHN L. SCHUMACHER, MChE, PE, CFI, CFPS
DENNIS E. SHELP, MS, PE, CFI, CFEI
ZACHARY J. JASON, PE, CFEI

The Right Intel Solves the Problem

The licensed engineers at AEI Corporation have worked on more than 300 carbon monoxide (CO) incidents across the country during the last 37+ years. We have state-of-the-art combustion analyzers for testing all types of gas appliances, both in the field and laboratory, and we have the capability to remotely monitor CO concentrations at multiple locations inside structures. Our engineers are court-qualified, nationally-recognized and have worked on such high profile cases as the death of tennis professional Vitus Gerulaitis, the death of the four Lofgren family members in Aspen, Colorado, and the CO poisoning of 20 restaurant workers at a Ruth Chris restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland.

Carbon Monoxide Incidents
The slightest CO exposure can result in a major claim. Prompt response is imperative, as investigations are time-sensitive when dealing with weather, testing, etc. Good photographs and video are essential as part of the initial documentation by others. This may be all an engineer has when evaluating the installation and other vital conditions. When entering the testing phase of the investigation, it is crucial to try to duplicate incident conditions. Ambient temperature can make a significant difference (summer vs. winter). ASTM E860 dictates strict protocols for handling and preservation of evidence (i.e. don’t discard or alter the subject appliance until all parties have been notified).

Hire the Right Expert – the Licensed Engineers at AEI
One of the first things an adjuster or attorney should do when handling a CO claim is to get an engineering expert involved from the beginning. Make sure the expert has the experience, education, capability and proper equipment to:

• Take CO readings in the flue gas and throughout the dwelling.
• Measure differential pressure throughout the dwelling to check for proper draft.
• Properly record and save data. It will likely be called into court as evidence at a later date.
• Run the test until steady-state CO levels are reached.
• Analyze the data and determine the cause of the incident.
• Testify regarding code compliance or manufacturing standards for gas equipment.

Carbon Monoxide Investigation Services Include:
• Origin and cause determination.
• Gas appliance examination and testing including residential, commercial (hotels and businesses), industrial boilers, furnaces, water heaters, automobiles, generators, etc.
• Codes and standards compliance evaluation.
• Standard of care evaluation.

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