We’re Forensic Engineers & Expert Witnesses
J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc. is an Electrical and Forensic Engineering firm founded in 1994 by J. B. (Brad) Shepherd, PE offering full coverage of the electrical consulting spectrum. Our firm also provides expert opinions and strategic advice to Attorneys and Corporations in support of litigation involving technical issues. Our primary focus is on electrical accident investigation, electrical safety, electrical contact injuries and deaths, electrification, electrocution, and property damage. Overhead and underground electric utility power lines are an area of specialty.
Our Associates are Professional Engineers or highly experienced electrical construction specialists. We are an association of independent contractors, all of whom are qualified to offer expert opinions in a court of law.
For a detailed description of our credentials and the services we offer, please select from the choices offered below.
Areas of Service
We assist with risk management, claims administration, OSHA, and litigation.
We assisit with risk management, claims administration, workers compensation, OSHA claims, contract disputes, permitting and code compliance, and surety (bond claims.)
We assisit with litigation by providing investigation, consultation, and expert testimony.
We assist with right of way disputes, electric infrastructure costs, and overhead vs underground construction costs.
We assist with risk management, claims administration, product liability and litigation defense.
Sample Case Summaries
An electrical utility received a trouble report that involved a smoking electric meter. While troubleshooting, the utility company worker opened the metering compartment in the service entrance switchgear and was subjected to an electrical arc blast. The questions raised included which codes applied and standards of care.
A grove worker was electrocuted when his metal ladder contacted the hot conductor of an overhead electric power line. The ladder the worker was using was made of conductive metal. The length of the ladder was greater than the clearance to the overhead power lines. The questions raised involved standards of care, OSHA, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), and Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA70E), and others.
A fire destroyed a moth balled plant previously used to manufacture automobile batteries. The fire was believed to be of electrical origin and destroyed not only the building but also the manufacturing equipment stored in the building and waiting shipment to other facilities. Tasks included supporting a Fire Origin and Cause investigation but also determining the value of the damaged and destroyed manufacturing equipment.
A fire occurred which destroyed thousands of acres of woodlands, fields, farms, and homes with multiple fatalities. Tasks included support of the Fire Origin and Cause investigation including analysis of the electrical system as well as determining alternate means and methods of constructing the overhead utility line where the fire originated. Applicable codes included the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC). We have investigated and reported on the largest wildland fires in US history including those occurring in five states.
A railroad worker was riding on top of a rail car in a terminal area. While passing under an overhead power line, the worker made contact and was injured. The questions raised involved standards of care, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), railroad occupational safety and health standards and others.
A child was killed when he touched the underwater light in the family swimming pool. Investigation included recent upgrades to the electrical service entrance, upgrades to the pool equipment, installation of a whole house generator, repairs to lighting on the boat dock (over salt water) adjacent to the pool deck. Extensive measurements were made of the ground resistance and electrical gradient in the pool water. The pool lighting system was reconstructed in a temporary water tank to further test the equipment involved.
How We Can Assist You
We are forensic consulting engineers. We have established, demonstrable experience in both the electric utility industry and the electric construction industry. Our practice is dedicated to helping clients understand how electricity works and what happens when it fails to work properly or safely. We can reconstruct accidents. We can explain electrical codes and standards, including standards for working safely around electricity.
We are not a design firm. Our practice is completely committed to forensic engineering. If you think we can assist you, drop us an email or give us a call. We are here to help.