April 5, 2012

Chemical Explosion Requires Root Cause Analysis

(From the CECON case files – Chemical Explosion in a Refinery Unit) 

A worker was injured in an explosion and fire while operating a refinery unit. There were multiple safety and insurance claims to resolve. 

The plaintiff’s attorney conducted an expert search using several expert placement firms and was not able to find an expert who could perform a root cause analysis. The attorney contacted CECON and spoke with one of our technically trained Project Managers. The PM, a Ph.D. chemist himself with both the training and real world experience to understand the complex issues in this case, understood the process and specific expertise that was needed in this case. 

CECON was able to provide an expert engineer with hands-on operation knowledge regarding how a fluid coker works, the role of the bag house, safe operation of a coker, and control procedures and analysis of the opposition's deposition. The chemical expert determined the cause of the explosion was drying the product too rapidly.  The expert was instrumental in helping the client reach a favorable settlement.
CECON’s technically trained staff does more than just run a search through a computer database to find an expert. Our staff will discuss the case with you and provide insight into the technical nuances that can make the difference in finding the best expert for your case. 
CECON’s Project Managers are scientists and experts themselves with advanced degrees in technical disciplines and personal experience in various scientific and engineering fields. CECON has been providing consultants and expert witnesses to clients globally since 1985.