Heavy Equipment & Machinery Fire Investigations
Heavy equipment and machinery fires can be complex. Heavy equipment includes medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses, as well as earth moving, mining, forestry, landfill and farm equipment. This equipment is often custom built with combinations of components from different manufacturers. Varied materials, fuels, electrical and hydraulic systems add to the complexity of the fire investigations.
Agricultural machinery, such as combines, harvesters, tractors, spreaders or balers, are often subject to chaff debris or crop residue buildup. The buildup can smolder and ignite on hot surfaces, even with the engine off as in the case of "heat soak." Hydraulic oil lines and diesel/gasoline fuel lines may fail or rupture, discharge and also ignite on hot surfaces. Friction in belts, pulleys, fears, augers, headers, bearings or reel chambers may spark an ignition source.
Heavy-duty transportation vehicles are subjected to long hours of use and extreme wear on the engines. Equipment malfunctions, brake failures, engine and cab fires, explosions - no matter the failure, the cause of fire needs to be identified to determine liability and to avoid future problems and downtime.
You need a forensic engineering and failure analysis company with the skills to find the root cause and conduct a thorough fire investigation.
A Wide Range of Experience
ESI's certified fire and explosion investigators are adept at handling complex fire investigations in heavy equipment and machinery. For over 25 years, our forensic experts and multi-disciplined engineers have conducted origin & cause investigations in agricultural, industrial, construction, hospitality and institutional settings. We have assisted product owners, manufacturers and insurance companies involved in subrogation claims.
We are members of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Our fire inspectors are continually educating themselves on the latest fire codes and research.
Our evaluations are thorough, containing photos and often diagrams detailing the fire spread pattern and burn degrees. They are easy to read and satisfy both technical and non-technical users.
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