When an accident occurs, the first response is to take care of injured parties or if a non-injury accident, to put everything back together and get back to work. Although that is the right thing to do, post-accident remediation needs to be handled in a correct manner to protect all parties and preserve the accident evidence. In many cases, operational personnel have no training concerning preservation of broken or failed equipment during an accident.
If there is personal injury or property damage, you can be sure that there will shortly be litigation. When a fatal injury is involved and governmental authorities arrive to investigate, it is vitally important to have your expert on site for any inspection, examination and testing.
Involving an engineer or expert witness skilled in accident investigation and evidence preservation such as J.E.I. Metallurgical will ensure the correct steps are taken to preserve the evidence in a safe manner that will lead to determining the cause of the accident. The importance of accident scene and evidence preservation is emphasized in:
- ASTM E188-11, “Standard Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator,” and
- ASTM E860-07, “Standard Practice for Examining and Testing Items That Are or May Become Involved in Criminal or Civil Litigation.”
In a typical accident scene investigation, J.E.I. Metallurgical, Inc. and Dr. Jerner will handle all the details of photographic documentation, sketching the accident scene and preserving the evidence in a safe, protective manner for further use during the investigation or litigation.
Call J.E.I. Metallurgical, Inc. to assist with proper evidence preservation and your accident investigation.