Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Chad E. Jones

Chad E. Jones

Chad E. Jones

P.E., CFEI, CMSE Phone: 803.732.6600 vCard LinkedIn Download CV

Expertise

  • Mechanical Failures - Equipment/Systems
  • Fires & Explosions
  • Machine Design
  • Machine Safeguarding
  • Machinery & Equipment Damage Assessment
  • Products Liability
  • HVAC Systems
  • Risk Assessment
Biography

Senior Consulting Engineer Chad Jones is a licensed professional engineer in several states and a NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

Chad has over 23 years of engineering experience including mechanical, process, and manufacturing engineering. He participated in and led accident investigations involving lockout/tagout and participated in in-depth process safety audits. This work has included equipment design, machine safeguarding, cost estimating and safety compliance.

Chad is a Certified Machine Safety Expert and his machine design experience includes utilizing diffusion pumps in the design of high vacuum production equipment and industrial piping systems for world-wide manufacturing facilities. He designed HVAC systems and conducted HVAC design and load modeling calculations in addition to preparing engineering reports on matters that included temperature and humidity concerns.

As well as being a NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and IFSAC Certified Interior Structural Firefighter II, Chad is currently the Deputy Fire Chief with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department in Greenwood, SC. He has served on the Board of Directors for the department since 2002.

Qualifications
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Applied Engineering Experience – over 20 years
Experience in Machine & Piping Design
Experience in Machine Safeguarding
Certified Machine Safety Expert
Experience in HVAC System Design
Recent Posts

What’s Behind That CE Mark Part Three, Machine Guard Requirements

In the first blog in this series, we discussed the story behind the CE mark, the Machinery Directive, and the associated requirements regarding the design, production, and sale of machinery bearing the mark. The second blog discussed a cornerstone of safer machine design, the risk assessment. This installment will discuss another crucial piece of the […]

The CE Mark and What Should It Mean to You? Part Two

In the previous blog (Part One) we discussed the backstory behind the two stylized letters CE and what it means to the design of machinery bearing the mark.   We outlined some of the requirements of the “Machinery Directive” (MD) which include what are known as “Essential Health and Safety Requirements.” The Essential Health and Safety […]

The CE Mark and What Should It Mean to You? Part One

Two little letters, CE.  Perhaps you have seen those two letters on a machine nameplate or some other equipment.  What is the meaning behind those two stylized letters and how does it drive the design of safer machinery?  Let’s take a closer look.

Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments

Eating and drinking establishments see an average of 7,410 structure fires per year based on a 2017 report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The report analyzed available data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the NFPA’s annual fire department survey for the years 2010-2014.

Failure to Maintain Tow Hook Latch Results in Bystander Death

An unfortunate and tragic case that we investigated involved a commercial “rollback” recovery truck that was being used to transport a four-wheel drive diesel pickup.  The diesel pickup was not in running order with its’ engine in the bed of the truck.  Consequently, a commercial towing company was hired by the truck owner to transport […]

Water in the Light Fixtures??? How HVAC Defects Appear in Strange Places

One of my more interesting calls and subsequent forensic investigations was regarding water accumulating inside of 2X4 fluorescent light fixtures in a suspended ceiling of a secondary school in South Carolina. The client called and indicated that the metal chassis of the lights were sweating and generating enough water to accumulate on the diffuser lens […]

Hail Isn’t Cool

Hail property damage is frequently reported after an HVAC service call.  Building owners are often unaware there is damage until the power bill starts trending higher and the HVAC system is simply not cooling effectively. Take look at the fins! The National Weather Service reported over $722 million in property damage from hail in 2018.  […]

Machine Guarding and Risk Assessment

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) “Top 10 for 2018” violations once again have Machine Safeguarding earning a position on the list. Machine safeguarding was the 9th most cited standard as noted in the list below: Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) Scaffolding, general requirements, construction […]

Senior Consulting Engineer Chad Jones is a licensed professional engineer in several states and a NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

Chad has over 23 years of engineering experience including mechanical, process, and manufacturing engineering. He participated in and led accident investigations involving lockout/tagout and participated in in-depth process safety audits. This work has included equipment design, machine safeguarding, cost estimating and safety compliance.

Chad is a Certified Machine Safety Expert and his machine design experience includes utilizing diffusion pumps in the design of high vacuum production equipment and industrial piping systems for world-wide manufacturing facilities. He designed HVAC systems and conducted HVAC design and load modeling calculations in addition to preparing engineering reports on matters that included temperature and humidity concerns.

As well as being a NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and IFSAC Certified Interior Structural Firefighter II, Chad is currently the Deputy Fire Chief with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department in Greenwood, SC. He has served on the Board of Directors for the department since 2002.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Applied Engineering Experience – over 20 years
Experience in Machine & Piping Design
Experience in Machine Safeguarding
Certified Machine Safety Expert
Experience in HVAC System Design

What’s Behind That CE Mark Part Three, Machine Guard Requirements

In the first blog in this series, we discussed the story behind the CE mark, the Machinery Directive, and the associated requirements regarding the design, production, and sale of machinery bearing the mark. The second blog discussed a cornerstone of safer machine design, the risk assessment. This installment will discuss another crucial piece of the […]

The CE Mark and What Should It Mean to You? Part Two

In the previous blog (Part One) we discussed the backstory behind the two stylized letters CE and what it means to the design of machinery bearing the mark.   We outlined some of the requirements of the “Machinery Directive” (MD) which include what are known as “Essential Health and Safety Requirements.” The Essential Health and Safety […]

The CE Mark and What Should It Mean to You? Part One

Two little letters, CE.  Perhaps you have seen those two letters on a machine nameplate or some other equipment.  What is the meaning behind those two stylized letters and how does it drive the design of safer machinery?  Let’s take a closer look.

Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments

Eating and drinking establishments see an average of 7,410 structure fires per year based on a 2017 report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The report analyzed available data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the NFPA’s annual fire department survey for the years 2010-2014.

Failure to Maintain Tow Hook Latch Results in Bystander Death

An unfortunate and tragic case that we investigated involved a commercial “rollback” recovery truck that was being used to transport a four-wheel drive diesel pickup.  The diesel pickup was not in running order with its’ engine in the bed of the truck.  Consequently, a commercial towing company was hired by the truck owner to transport […]

Water in the Light Fixtures??? How HVAC Defects Appear in Strange Places

One of my more interesting calls and subsequent forensic investigations was regarding water accumulating inside of 2X4 fluorescent light fixtures in a suspended ceiling of a secondary school in South Carolina. The client called and indicated that the metal chassis of the lights were sweating and generating enough water to accumulate on the diffuser lens […]

Hail Isn’t Cool

Hail property damage is frequently reported after an HVAC service call.  Building owners are often unaware there is damage until the power bill starts trending higher and the HVAC system is simply not cooling effectively. Take look at the fins! The National Weather Service reported over $722 million in property damage from hail in 2018.  […]

Machine Guarding and Risk Assessment

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) “Top 10 for 2018” violations once again have Machine Safeguarding earning a position on the list. Machine safeguarding was the 9th most cited standard as noted in the list below: Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) Scaffolding, general requirements, construction […]

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