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Industrial - Wiring Systems
Machine Control / Safety Interlocks
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Refrigeration Equipment
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Lightning Protection
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Expert Witness & Forensic Investigations

We provide Forensic Investigation Services including Origin & Cause Investigation, Technical Reports & Opinions, and Deposition.

Our principal, Michael J. Goslak, P.E. has 15 years of experience designing Electrical Power Distribution & Lighting Systems, Industrial Automation Systems, and Machine Control Systems in a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications.  He holds a Professional Engineering license in multiple states.  Mr. Goslak is an expert in the National Electrical Code (NEC), NFPA 70E - Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA regulations with respect to Electrical Installations, and installations in hazardous locations.

Mr. Goslak has successfully designed and programmed complex PLC-based industrial automation systems with advanced safety interlocks.  He has worked many long hours in the field with electricians commissioning large industrial automation systems.  Below is a list of several of his Forensic related cases. 

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Electrical Shock Injury and Explosion.

Retained by plaintiff attorney to determine if the actions of the electrical contractor or home owner lead to the injuries sustained by plaintiff electrician. Plaintiff electrician received an electrical shock while working on an home owner's electrical service panel. The electrician came in contact with the 240 volt service conductors. Determined that the service entrance enclosure was not properly grounded/bonded as required by the National Electrical Code. Reviewed photos, wrote a report and provided deposition to opposing attorneys.  

15 KV Underground Power Cable Explosion.

Retained by forensics company as part of an insurance claim to investigate the root cause of the catastrophic failure of a 15 KV underground electrical power feeder cable. The loss of the cable resulted in a power outage to a major portion of the production facility and several days of down time.   

Injury to Electrical Contractor (Commercial Installation).

Retained by plaintiff attorney to determine if the actions of the electrical contractor lead to the injuries sustained by plaintiff electrician. Plaintiff electrician was injured after falling from a ladder while trying to open a cover of a large overhead electrical junction box.  Determined that the cover of the box was not properly installed as required by the UL listing and the National Electrical Code.  Reviewed photos and provided opinions to plaintiff attorney.  

Building Destroyed by Fire.

Retained by insurance company to investigate the cause of a fire at a dry cleaner. A ground rod for a billboard lighting system was suspected to have caused the fire. Performed a site investigation along with a fire investigator and submitted a written report of findings.  

Fire Destroys Commercial Refrigerator.

Retained by insurance company to investigate the cause of a fire in a commercial refrigerator. Performed a site investigation along with a fire investigator, collected evidence and submitted a written report of findings.  

Radio Tower Causes Electrical Interference.

Retained by defendant attorney representing the City of Ecorse to provide electrical expertise in the matters of electrical interference caused by a proposed radio tower installation. Reviewed written documents provided by the plaintiff in support of the installation of a radio tower in the City of Ecorse. Provided rebuttal statements at a zoning/planning commission meeting at the City of Ecorse.

Operator Fatally Injured while working on Press.

Retained by major manufacturer of clutch assemblies for heavy-duty trucks after an employee was involved in a fatal accident. Provided review of PLC/HMI programs for proper interlocking of safety light curtains, emergency stops, process interlocks, etc. and made modifications to code as-needed to meet current applicable OSHA safety standards.

Industrial Motor Starts without warning.

Investigated the root cause of the self-destruction of a vibratory sifter machine at a U.S. flour mill. The claim was that the 480 volt motor controlling the equipment started unintentionally while the equipment access doors were left open for a fumigation outage. The result was that the equipment self-destructed resulting in production downtime and costly repairs. Investigated the 480 volt motor control circuit and PLC control system to determine if it was possible for a PLC output card to fail in such a manner as to inadvertently start the motor without operator intervention.
 

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