Site Examination and Processing

Urban, Rural, Suburban…We go anywhere a client has a loss.

Forensic & Failure Analysis has proven experience conducting and completing site investigations in a variety of geographical locations. We have the transportation capabilities to get to “hard to reach spots” – heavily wooded areas, snow coverred terrains, even bodies of water.

What Occurs During A Site Examination?

Several factors, including the size or extent of the “loss, incident or failure,” and the size of the effected area, will inform what we do at the site, and how long it will take.

Our team will survey the site, and collect and document discovered evidence.

Depending on the scope of the loss, we may bring a technician, scientist or multiple engineering experts to assist with the site examination. For incidents of fire and explosions, we typically work with, and may be accompanied to the site by, a private investigator who is “origin and cause” expert.

While we may speak to the affected parties on site for case information, we will not “take statements for legal purposes.”

A site examination may take a few hours… and it may take a few weeks.  Again, each incident is unique and will be handled accordingly.   

Artifact Recovery

A key component to processing the site or scene properly is recovering the artifacts for further laboratory examination. At FFA, this process is undertaken with care and the correct equipment. Artifacts are placarded in place (in accordance with NFPA 921) and then packaged for removal from the site. Use of our tandem axle trailer is often required for larger equipment.

Photographic Examples of Artifact Recovery:

Our Process

FFA prides itself on quick response times. We realize it’s crucial to get to the scene as soon as possible to collect evidence before changes are made or repairs are done. Our typical process includes:

Site Exam

Research & Testing

Evidence Examinations

Written Report

(Upon Request)


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