Baker & O'Brien, Inc.

Experience

Experience

Experience

 

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Business Interruption Claim and Root Cause Analysis
Monitored rebuild engineering and construction of facilities damaged by fire and offered expert opinion on the appropriate construction period for the business interruption claim. Participated in the incident root cause analysis.
EPC-related , Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance
Defective Product Lawsuit
Provided an expert report concerning a dispute between a pressure safety relief device manufacturer and an operator of a claim that a device did not operate as designed in a reactor overpressure incident.
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance
Gas Wellhead Equipment Failure
Performed root cause analysis of a gas well casing hanger which led to a well blow out.
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Safety
Investigate Refinery Heater Explosion
Performed root cause analysis of an explosion at a refinery heater and identified contributing factors. Performed a review of safe operating procedures, including shutdown and start-up of heaters. Provided expert testimony.
Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage , Safety
PVC Plant Litigation
Assisted in a dispute concerning allegations that an explosion at a major manufacturer of PVC resins was due to a poor process design that failed to meet government regulations and engineering standards.  Assisted in discovery, inspected the plant, evaluated procedures and work methods, reviewed applicable standards, and reviewed operating records.  
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance
Sulfuric Acid Storage Incident
Retained to assist in the investigation of a fatality incident at a sulfuric acid processing and storage facility.  Reviewed equipment design, inspection and repair history, operating procedures, training of personnel, and industry practices.  Assisted legal team with on-site investigation and interaction with local, state, and federal agencies.  Reviewed conclusions by root cause analysis for consistency and factual support.
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , OSHA-related , Safety
Refinery and Chemical Plant Feedstock Valuations
Provided expert witness evidence the financial damages of interplant feedstock and product transfer agreement non-compliance between a refinery and an adjacent chemical plant. 
Commercial Terms Review , Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Operations/Maintenance , Pricing
Root Cause Analysis
Conducted a Root Cause Failure Analysis on a high pressure steam turbine that failed following a planned outage at a cogeneration power plant. Evaluated outage work procedures, actual outage work undertaken, start-up monitoring results, and post-failure turbine inspection results on turbine disassembly.
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance
Petrochemical Terminal Fire
Reviewed testimony, expert reports, and forensic evidence and attended depositions to determine cause and origin of terminal fire.  Prepared report addressing electrostatic discharge theory, petrochemical handling procedures, employee training, and management issues. 
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Safety
Cause and Origin Analysis
Conducted a cause and origin investigation of a fire at a natural gas combined cycle generation plant.  Investigation included in-plant interviews and review of operational data, as well as metallurgical investigation to determine the probable cause and origin of the fire.
Forensic Analysis , Operations/Maintenance , Safety
Pump Failure Root Cause Analysis
Root cause analysis of a boiler feed water pump failure including analysis of rotating equipment maintenance shop's pump maintenance and rebuild procedures.  Provided recommendations to improve maintenance shop quality control.
Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance
Fuel Oil Contamination Dispute
Expert witness services regarding a residual fuel oil contamination in a storage facility.
Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Product Quality
Paper Mill Safety Incident
Assisted attorneys by investigating the circumstances concerning an incident that occurred at a paper plant during a scheduled turnaround that resulted in a fatality. Issues studied included assessing work practices and safety procedures utilized to prepare equipment for turnaround activities, including vessel entry and paper mill plant design. 
Forensic Analysis , Operations/Maintenance , OSHA-related , Safety
Flash Fire Investigation
Investigated circumstances concerning a flash fire that occurred during vessel entry and cleaning operations.  The investigation included the:  (1) assessment of refinery safe work practices  compared to industry standards and government regulations; (2) utilization of vessel entry and confined space safety practices to mitigate ignition hazards; and (3) responsibilities of both the operating company and contractor organization to recognize,  develop, and follow safe work plans to prevent potential flash fires from occurring during vessel entry.  Developed and submitted expert report. 
Forensic Analysis , Operations/Maintenance , OSHA-related , Safety
Refractory Failure Investigation
Provided expertise and technical assistance related to the evaluation of a failed refractory in a methanol reformer. 
Business Interruption , Forensic Analysis , OSHA-related , Property Damage
Refinery Business Interruption Dispute
Following an unplanned shutdown, caused by extensive equipment damage, evaluated the refinery operation to confirm that all mitigation steps had been taken and also confirm the claimed business interruption losses.
Business Interruption , Crude Oil Valuation , Forensic Analysis , LP/Planning Practice
Fracking Equipment Fire
Assisted with the Cause and Origin investigation of a fire on a blender used in a fracking operation.   
Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care
Power Plant Insurance Claim
Provided expert consulting services regarding operations and maintenance of a barge-mounted, diesel-powered turbine electric power generation facility..
Business Interruption , Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Industrial Accident Investigation
Investigated circumstances concerning personal injury of a contract employee who fell off a process vessel during a turnaround.  Investigation included evaluating:  (1) the operating company's and contractor's safe work practices; (2) relevant OSHA regulations; (3) appropriate fall protection requirements to mitigate risk associated with work activities; (4) responsibilities of affected parties and employees to utilize appropriate fall protection; and (5) identifying contributing factors to the incident. 
Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Operations/Maintenance , OSHA-related
Oil Field Production Facility Fire
Assessed potential cause and origin of a fire at an oil and gas gathering facility pump station that resulted in significant damages to power generation, distribution, and instrumentation control equipment.  Provided an expert report.
Forensic Analysis , Property Damage