Expert Legal

BMT WBM staff have experienced as expert witness in legal matters covering a broad range of technical issues, including accident investigation and machinery failures. We also act as independent arbitrators or mediators in complex technical disputes.

BMT WBM has investigated accidents and has provided expert witnesses in a range of industries including bulk materials handling plant, mobile plant, process plants, high speed machinery, industrial, road and rail accidents.

The accidents often result in millions of dollars of damage and consequential loss.  As a result, the investigations require accurate cause analysis and detailed reporting to legal counsel, insurance loss adusters or owners.

We are frequently retained by insurance loss adjusters or plant owners to project manage or monitor the complex recovery works.  This is as a result of BMT WBM's in-depth understanding of large heavy engineering equipment.

Below is a small selection of related projects undertaken:

Boral Cement Kiln

Leading technical expert witness for multimillion dollar supreme court action due to plant breakdown.

Hazelwood Mine Fire Damage

Due diligence on recovery works for multimillion dollar damage to mining equipment and conveying plant.

Truck Fatality Investigation

Leading technical advisor for Work Safe Victoria regarding a drilling truck fatality.

Midway Woodchip Recovery

Recovery of 1000 tonne/hr woodchip plant as a result of fire.

Yallourn Mine Flood Damage

Recovery audit for multimillion dollar damage to mining equipment and conveying plant.

Shiploader Feeder

Primary root cause failure analysis of a 1000 tonnne/hr shiploader with associated redesign of rectification works.