Building & Construction Defects

Garrett offers its Clients a wide variety of engineering experts covering a vast number of different Engineering disciplines, including, but not limited to: Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Geotechnical, Chemical, and Environmental engineering.

Among this pool of well-qualified engineering experts are Garrett’s Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineers available for investigations of construction defects and failures. Garrett’s experts examine wheter there have been proper construction techniques used, in compliance with all the applicable Building & Safety Codes, and also conduct Standards of the Industry research to assist in resolving conflicts.

Arson & Fire Investigations

Garrett Forensics’ Fire Investigators follow NFPA 921 guidelines which sets the bar for scientific-based investigation and analysis of fire and explosion incidents. When a fire or explosion occurs at a commercial or Industrial property, the determination of the cause and origin requires examinations to determine if the fire may have been a result of an accident, a deliberate act, mechanical failure, electrical failure, or a nature-related event.

Construction Defect

Garrett’s experts can identify construction defect issues that have led to property claims which may have been caused by one or more defects, including but not limited to: an improper concrete pour on the slab, failure to install moisture barriers, drainage systems, improper wiring, etc. Garrett’s experts can also determine why a failure occurred.  In other words, our experts can tell you such things as whether an improper grade of material was used, improper construction techniques, or was an improper design causing the failure?

Corrosion Analysis

Garrett’s Corrosion Analysis Experts can determine if corrosion was an element that led to the damage and what chemical reactions led to the formation of the corrosion.

Elevator/Escalator

Garrett’s Elevator Experts, often working in conjunction with a Human Factors Expert, can review documents and perform site and equipment inspections to determine what led to an injury on an elevator or escalator.  They also can determine if proper service and maintenance had been performed and whether there the costs involved in any repairs of the elevator or escalator were in-line with industry standards.

Industrial Accidents

When evaluating why an Industrial Accident occurs, Garrett’s experts can be used to determine what sequence of events led up to the accident. They can also determine whether the equipment’s safety guards were in place, Whether safety instructions had been followed and/or Whether there was a design defect in the safety systems which may have been responsible for the accident.

Landscape Architecture/Arborist

Garrett’s Landscaping experts are often engaged to assist on a wide-range of foliage issues, including but not limited to tree root damage, broken tree limbs, and identification of disease to plants and trees.

Metallurgy

Metallurgy Experts examine evidence of metal/plastic failures, down to a microscopic levels, to determine the cause of the failure. Their investigations include examining metal/plastic itself and its properties, as well as the metal/plastic processing and use which can often reveal if long-term cracking/damage or single-event failure was the primary contributor to the failure.

Safety and Code Compliance

Safety and Code Compliance Experts are often asked to assist in researching, interpreting, and determining code compliance and safety issues. Among the various areas where their services may be helpful, inspections of construction sites where understanding what procedures should have been followed to prevent accidents is a frequently requested area of expertise.

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