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, a NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a Certified Machinery Safety Expert.  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 has participated in and led industrial accident investigations and participated in in-depth process safety audits. This work has included equipment design, machine safeguarding, cost estimating and safety compliance.  He has designed HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial, industrial, and private clients.

Chad’s process experience includes the operation and control of continuous and batch polymerization equipment to produce nylon as well as expansion projects to add new equipment to increase production. His machine design experience includes utilizing diffusion pumps in the design of high vacuum production equipment for manufacturing facilities. He was also the engineer responsible for mechanical power presses at a capacitor production facility. His vertical construction design experience includes industrial heating, cooling, ventilation, and piping; while his commercial HVAC and plumbing design experience includes heating and cooling, commercial kitchen ventilation and fire protection, as well as plumbing.

A lifelong auto and motorcycle enthusiast, Chad is accomplished in the maintenance, repair, and modification of vehicles and engines. He is also an IFSAC Certified Interior Structural Firefighter II with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department in Greenwood, South Carolina. He has served on the Board of Directors of 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

The Role of Interlocking Guards in Injury Prevention

In the three-part series on the CE mark, we scratched the surface of some of the requirements an equipment manufacturer must meet in order to earn this designation. Part three of the series dealt with some of the requirements for the design of a guard.  One of the items for consideration with the design of […]

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, a NAFI-Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a Certified Machinery Safety Expert.  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 has participated in and led industrial accident investigations and participated in in-depth process safety audits. This work has included equipment design, machine safeguarding, cost estimating and safety compliance.  He has designed HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial, industrial, and private clients.

Chad’s process experience includes the operation and control of continuous and batch polymerization equipment to produce nylon as well as expansion projects to add new equipment to increase production. His machine design experience includes utilizing diffusion pumps in the design of high vacuum production equipment for manufacturing facilities. He was also the engineer responsible for mechanical power presses at a capacitor production facility. His vertical construction design experience includes industrial heating, cooling, ventilation, and piping; while his commercial HVAC and plumbing design experience includes heating and cooling, commercial kitchen ventilation and fire protection, as well as plumbing.

A lifelong auto and motorcycle enthusiast, Chad is accomplished in the maintenance, repair, and modification of vehicles and engines. He is also an IFSAC Certified Interior Structural Firefighter II with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department in Greenwood, South Carolina. He has served on the Board of Directors of 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

The Role of Interlocking Guards in Injury Prevention

In the three-part series on the CE mark, we scratched the surface of some of the requirements an equipment manufacturer must meet in order to earn this designation. Part three of the series dealt with some of the requirements for the design of a guard.  One of the items for consideration with the design of […]

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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