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In the Lab With Origin and Cause: Destructive Testing

April 27, 2017

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For the first instalment of our new webinar series, In the Lab, we’re going behind the scenes with forensic engineer, Mazen Habash as he conducts destructive testing on household items, followed by a live Q&A.

Equipment and product failures are far too common an occurrence. They can lead to serious injury and property loss, expensive insurance claims, and complicated legal proceedings. When a product liability claim is made, the principal consideration is to establish cause: First, so that the claim can be approved or denied, and second, so that a potential course of subrogation can be pursued. Destructive testing allows us to determine how and why a failure occurred.

  • Was there a manufacturing defect?
  • Was there a design deficiency?
  • Was the product misused or abused?
  • Was there an installation error?
  • Is there any evidence of negligence?

In our upcoming webinar we will begin by burning a stove, followed by a series of destructive tests where you will learn:

  • How a forensic engineer conducts a destructive test
  • Common component failures
  • The process of documenting evidence
  • How our engineers arrive at their technical opinion.

Recommended for:

  • Insurance adjusters
  • Lawyers


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About the Speakers

Mazen Habash is the president of Origin and Cause and specializes in fire investigation, electrical and electronic failures, product liability and alarm system analysis. With over 28 years of experience in the industry, he has performed over 3,000 fire, product liability and alarm system investigations. Mazen is a licensed professional engineer and designated consulting engineer, and is qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts in three provinces. He is also certified at two levels by the Canadian Alarm and Security Association as an alarm technician.

Art Beleda is part of our Forensic Visual Services Unit and specializes in scene surveys, AutoCAD and radiography (x-ray examinations). He is a Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator (CFEI) specializing in fire scene investigations.

The Moderator

George Costandi, who will be moderating the discussion, leads the marketing and sales department at Origin and Cause. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s marketing and sales strategies, most recently leading Origin and Cause’s rebrand initiative. George acts as a liaison between clients and internal operational staff, ensuring the highest standard of client relations and product quality is delivered to our business partners.