In this article, electrical engineer, Ken Kutchek, P.E. discusses household dehumidifiers, with a focus on possible failure modes that can cause fire hazards. The experts at Robson Forensic have investigated many fire incidents involving dehumidifiers and other small appliances.
In this article, electrical engineer, Kenneth Kutchek, P.E. provides an introduction to electrocutions and electric shock injuries. His discussion includes the basic principles of electricity, including an explanation of circuits, typical ways that humans expose themselves to electrical current, and the consequences of electrical exposure.
The engineers at Robson Forensic frequently provide expert witness investigations involving electrocutions and electrical shock injuries related to consumer products, workplace exposures, and electrical utilities. Contact us to be connected with an expert whose background aligns with the disputed issues in your case.
In this article, Electrical Engineer, Kenneth J. Kutchek, P.E. provides an introduction to electronic machine safety guards. Designed to enhance the safety of industrial processes and machinery, the adequacy of these systems is frequently contested in casework involving industrial mishaps. This discussion provides an overview of the safety hierarchy of hazard control, and the various ways electronic machine safety guards are utilized to mitigate hazards.
In this 2017 update of articles from 2015, and 2016, the technical experts at Robson Forensic highlight the safety protections built into Lithium-ion batteries. Failure of these battery safety features can lead to fire and explosions. Our experts are frequently engaged to investigate battery fires in a range of consumer products, including cell phones, laptops, RC models, e-cigarettes, vape devices, and other portable electronic devices.
The failure of a product or system to turn on/off or respond to input can lead to a broad range of injuries or property damage. Whether it be a seemingly innocuous device like a coffeepot, or a heavy duty industrial cooling system, the root cause of a failure can often be traced to electrical controls.
So what are electrical controls, and how do they potentially factor into your casework?
This webinar simplifies the topic of electrical controls, starting with the basics and building up to examples of actual incidents caused by control failures. Experts from our electrical engineering group provide insight on evaluating these cases and guidance on discovery questions to ensure that adequate information is available for proper forensic analysis.