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Curtis E. Falany, PE

Brad Shepherd, PE

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   Steven E. Malich, PE, CEM
   John R. Toth, PE
   Fred E. Medley

   Richard Mesker, CSP

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Curtis Falany, P.E., President

J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc.
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Case Summaries

Following is a partial summary of cases or losses in which we have provided litigation support, expert testimony or proximate cause determination:

  1. A child was fatally injured upon contact with insecure electrical utility equipment.
     
  2. An adult alleged injury resulting from the failure of a microwave oven.
     
  3. A home owner alleged failure to perform against the builder. (Several cases)
     
  4. Dispute betwen general contractor and electrical sub-contractor regarding contract, defective work, etc. (several)
     
  5. Dispute between owner and automation sub-contractor. (several)
     
  6. Fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
     
  7. A good samaritan directing traffic around an accident lost a leg when a passing auto struck an electric utility line that was laying in the street.
     
  8. A property owner successfully defended against an eminent domain action brought by an electric utility company. (Three cases)
     
  9. A teenager was fatally injured upon contact with a downed power line.
     
  10. A fire damaged equipment of unknown value; value was established; salvage and restoration arranged and supervised. (Numerous cases)
     
  11. A homeowner alleged electric shock from consumer appliances coincident with a distant failure of electric utility facilities.
     
  12. A family was injured and the mother killed by a gas explosion that was caused, in part, by failure of the electric utility to safely install and maintain its underground facilities.
     
  13. Home owner is severely burned by fuel gas explosion where leak in underground gas pipe is alleged to have been caused by electric arc.
     
  14. Damage in excess of $60,000,000 was alleged to have resulted, in part, from failure of the electric utility to safety maintain its underground facilities.
     
  15. An electric utility contract worker was fatally injured as a result of inadequate training and supervision (two cases).
     
  16. A commercial complex was destroyed by fire originating in the electric utility metering equipment.
     
  17. Large mall shut down by failure of, and fire in service entrance equipment.
     
  18. Commercial mall shut down by fire in utility transformer vault.
     
  19. Fire in hospital service entrance while electrical contractor installing upgrade to increase ampacity and new service entrance equipment.
     
  20. An adult was fatally injured while picking yard fruit in the vicinity of overhead electric utility lines. (multiple cases)
     
  21. A sky diver was severely injured as a result of landing in unmarked overhead electric utility lines.
     
  22. A child tree climber was severely injured as upon contact with overhead electric utility lines that were covered by a tree abrasion protection sheath.
     
  23. A fire aboard an ocean-going cargo/tank ship caused extensive damage to electrical and electronic instruments and equipment; salvage and restoration arranged and supervised (Three similar cases)
     
  24. A chlorine gas leak caused corrosive deposits on sensitive electronic equipment; salvage and restoration arranged and supervised. (Two similar cases)
     
  25. Delicate electronic instruments and components were alleged to have received damage during inland and ocean marine transport. salvage and restoration arranged and supervised. (Several similar cases)
     
  26. A property owner successfully challenged the quoted cost of relocating electric utility lines. (Several similar cases)
     
  27. A residential and commercial developer successfully challenged the cost assessed by the local electric utility to install its facilities underground rather than overhead. (Numerous cases)
     
  28. A determination of proximate cause, damage extent and repair-ability was made where fire resulted in corrosive deposits on sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. (Numerous cases)
     
  29. Accidental discharge of a fire protection sprinkler system damaged sensitive electronically controlled manufacturing equipment; salvage and restoration arranged and supervised.
     
  30. Accidental discharge of a fire protection sprinkler system damaged electrical service entrance equipment and motor control centers in hospital.
     
  31. A worker lost a limb when he became entangled in unguarded rotating machinery.
     
  32. A governmental entity successfully challenged an electric utility's unrestricted right to place overhead poles and wires in public rights-of-way.
     
  33. A residential home owner's association successfully challenged an electric utility's planned construction of transmission facilities on adjacent property.
     
  34. Investigation and recommendation for protection and mitigation measures in claims of electrical failure resulting from lightning and/or electrical power surge damage. (Over one hundred claims)
     
  35. Supervised installation of electrical power transfer equipment to reduce the effects of unacceptable power quality from the supplying electric utility(s).
     
  36. Provided cost-to-serve and rate comparison analysis for commercial customers of competing electric utility suppliers. (Several similar cases)
     
  37. Examination, analysis, report and opinion regarding alleged failure of an appliance as proximate cause of a structure fire.
     
  38. Improper wiring and poor workmanship is alleged to have caused computer failure and financial loss.
     
  39. Improper tower grounding is alleged to have caused lightning damage to adjacent building.
     
  40. A communication worker is electrocuted while working near energized power lines.
     
  41. A worker trimming trees is electrocuted while working near energized power lines in an uninsulated bucket.
     
  42. A communication worker is electrocuted while working near energized power lines in an bucket.
     
  43. A pedestrian alleges electricity "escaped" from overhead power lines causing shock and other injuries.
     
  44. A child is electrocuted while swimming in family pool.
     
  45. An electrical lineman is injured while working from an insulated aerial lift truck.
     
  46. A dump truck driver is fatally injured when his truck contacts an overhead power line.
     
  47. A worker is injured when he digs into a buried power line.
     
  48. A contractor is fatally injured while using a portable electric drill.
     
  49. A homeowner is injured by an electrical equipment failure.
     
  50. A laborer is injured while storing material in an electrical power substation.
     
  51. A communications worker is electrocuted while working in an attic crawl space.
     
  52. A landscaper is electrocuted while working on a submersible pump.
     
  53. An electrical worker is fatally injured while working on automatic transfer switch gear.
     
  54. A telephone operator alleges shock injury is caused by electrical utility work nearby.
     
  55. A flag installer is injured when flag pole contacts overhead power lines.
     
  56. A business alleges computer failure resulted from faulty electrical wiring.
     
  57. A painter a injured by electrical shock and fall while painting electrical equipment.
     
  58. A cable worker is electrocuted while attempting to install cable near energized power lines.
     
  59. A camper is injured by faulty campground wiring.
     
  60. A building fire is caused by faulty electrical power metering.
     
  61. Smoke damages department store when transformer fails.
     
  62. A guard alleges injury when lightning strike remote building.
     
  63. Power factor correction equipment fails in large industrial complex.
     
  64. An electrical worker is fatally injured by induced power from adjacent energized lines (several cases).
     
  65. Five men are injured (one fatally) by ground gradient voltage when a crane contacts an overhead power line.
     
  66. Four workers are electrocuted by direct contact or ground gradient voltage when a scaffolding contacts an overhead power line.
     
  67. An electrical contractor contests an OSHA citation following an electrical worker injury.
     
  68. A electrical crew foreman is fatally injured while assisting a worker.
     
  69. An agricultural worker is killed when his equipment pulls a power pole over.
     
  70. A plant worker losses a limb when he is pulled into rotating machinery.
     
  71. A motorist is electrocuted when her vehicle strikes a power pole.
     
  72. Worker injured by arc flash. (several)
     
  73. Structure fire allegedly caused by Lithium Ion battery or charger. (
     
  74. Burns to user of laptop allegedly caused by Lithium Ion battery.
     
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