With over 20 years of experience as a mechanical engineer, Scott Sollars has a solid background in mechanical systems, safety and hazard evaluation, combustion mechanics, and fuel-gas systems and components. He has extensive experience conducting site inspections, particularly those involving product liability.
Over Scott’s years of work as a mechanical engineer one thing he often sees is the mishandling of party notification. He was reminded at a recent inspection of how important it is to fully identify interested parties prior to scheduling an inspection. As he inspected a house fire involving a furnace the group realized a component manufacturer wasn’t in attendance and had not been put on notice. The inspection had to be halted, the missing party was notified and the inspection was rescheduled for a later date. ASTM E 860 Standard Practice for Examining and Preparing Items That Are Or May Become Involved in Criminal or Civil Litigation requires that experts recommend to their clients that all interested parties be notified of destructive testing. Following this standard would have saved time, money and frustration for an entire group.