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Applying Wood Engineering to Counter Claims of Negligence and Spoliation: A Case Study

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  014006,  2001 ASAE Annual Meeting. (doi: 10.13031/2013.7441) @2001
Authors:   David R. Bohnhoff
Keywords:   Forensic engineering, Failure investigation, Balcony collapse, Spoliation of evidence, Nail corrosion, Wood deterioration

A furniture delivery person was injured when a balcony collapsed. Three years later the homeowner was sued for negligence. Unfortunately in the time that transpired between the accident and the suit, the collapsed balcony had been cut into pieces and burned. This paper explains how claims of negligence and spoliation of evidence against the homeowner were countered with sound engineering.

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