Experts in this field are fire investigation specialists who have focused their studies on investigating electrical fires. Fire investigations are usually undertaken to determine the risk factors, cause, and movement of the fire. In this case, it relates to fires that are electrical in origin: examples include faulty appliances, sparking power points, or wires caught under rugs or furniture.
Fire investigation is generally performed for the purposes of insurance, forensic investigation, and for mitigative reasons. It allows for a proper understanding of what caused the fire (whether accidental or criminal), where the fire originated, and what can be done to prevent future incidents. This allows for a safer workplace, as well as a properly informed legal process. Electrical fires are investigated using various complicated processes, including 3D modelling, arc mapping, and an in-depth understanding of how electricity and electrical circuits work.
Experts in this area come from many professional backgrounds. Many will have worked in fields specific to fire, or they may be engineers specialising in fire and electricity. Some will be trained fire investigation experts, or perhaps have worked for an insurance company. They may also be electricians or building inspectors. The specific specialisation and background needed in your electrical fire investigation expert will be determined by the matter which requires.
At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain an expert submission that suits your needs and budget.Expertise in Action
Experts in fire investigation as it relates to electrical fires can be called upon to assist in cases involving burnt down buildings and businesses, liability cases, insurance matters, and many more.Sample Reports
For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.Cost
The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
This piece lists some of the considerations that go into training one of these experts, and what and the type of knowledge they need to acquire to best serve this discipline.Forensic Investigation Techniques for Inspecting Electrical Conductors Involved in Fire
A comprehensive resource on fire investigation as it relates to electrical conductors.Electrical Fires
Details some of the methods that are used to investigate electrical fires and the causes of an electrical fire.Relevant Cases Hardchrome Engineering Pty Ltd v Kambrook Distributing Pty Ltd  VSC 359 (13 September 2000)
A case involving a fire caused by a faulty electrical appliance.Firewatch Australia Pty Ltd v Country Fire Authority (includes corrigendum dated 7 July 1999)  FCA 761 (8 June 1999)
A case investigating a new fire extinguisher introduced to the Victorian market that was potentially not up to standard.Eiken v Housing Guarantee Fund & Beca  VSC 23 (16 February 2001)
An appeal surrounding a case which required expert evidence for an electrical fire.Related Blog Articles
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