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Investigation a fuel or air explosion. The nature of the explosion, the size of the scene, the resulting damage, access to physical evidence and witnesses, and cooperation from federal, state and local authorities, and other interested parties will all dictate how the investigation proceeds. (Photo: Gerard Koudenburg/AdobeStock)

Insurance industry professionals rightfully have certain requirements they expect their appointed forensic investigator or engineer to meet. These include excellent communication, skilled on-site investigations, timeliness of response and reporting, and clear conclusions and advice regarding the cause of an incident, liability issues, and recovery or repudiation prospects.

The investigation of a dispersed explosion, such as a gas or dust explosion, has unique challenges and issues that the forensic investigator must address, and therefore specific questions that the insurance industry professional will want answered. Often, the reality of a fuel/air explosion investigation will differ from how an ideal investigation progresses.

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