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Expert witness for litigation and insuance claim in Singapore

UTC team consists of experts with more than 35 years of relevant industrial and research experience as well as qualifications. The key staff had been engaged in a number of legal litigation cases, including private negotiation, mediation, arbitration, court hearing and public hearing, related to failures and accidents of mechanical, electrical, chemical, building & structure, fire.

The key staff has successfully led and completed thousands of projects in forensic analysis, accident investigation, failure analysis (FA), condition assessment for aerospace, marine, petrochemical, electronic and microelectronic, construction, amusement, oil & gas, transportation industries and governmental agencies including Ministry of Defence (Singapore), Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Hyundai Engineering and Construction (Korean), Public Utilities Board (PUB), The Straits Times, SBS Transit, High Court, State Courts, China Taiping Insurance, Rajah & Tann, WongPartnership, Universal Terminal, Singapore Navy, SMRT, RWS, Shell, ST Aerospace, Eagle Services Asia, SIA Engineering, HP, Dell, ST Marine, Takenaka Corporation (Japan) and Sembawang Shipyard, etc.

Recent expert witness cases

A heavy gate toppled during installation and caused a worker death. UTC was engaged by MOM for accident investigation and as expert witness in this court case. UTC had successfully discovered the root causes of the accident and testified in the court hearing to solid evidences with scientific methodology.
The court accepted our conclusions and ruled that the contractor was fined S$280,000 for fatal gate toppling. The contractor filed appeal, but lost the appeal and punishment was increased from S$280,000 to S$330,000 for fatal gate toppling, reported by Straits Times.

***************************************************** One crane collapsed in a construction site during lifting operation, which severely damaged the nearby plant facilities and workshop. China Taiping Insurance engaged UTC to independantly investigate the accident and as expert witness in legal suit. We successfully determined the root causes of the accident. Shortly after receiving our report, the case was settled favourably to our client before court hearing. ******************************************************

High profile case - Building cladding (aluminium composite penal) fire at Toh Guan Road filed in High Court.
UTC is engaged as Expert Witness to assist the court for determining the fire cause and liabilities of relevant parties.
Our reports draw clear conclusions with sufficient solid reliable evidence, which make litigations much easily. Shortly after receiving our reports, most cases would be settled down before court hearing precedures, significantly saving our client's precise time and money.
Recently, Our Chief Consultant-Dr George YU, as expert witness, testified on the court hearing for the mobile crane toppling. His expert opinions and theory on the root causes of crane toppling were fully accepted by the court.

Expert witness areas

Objectives for expert witness

  • Determine the root cause(s) of incident/accidents and failures
  • Discover relevant facts and reliable evidence
  • Provide sound professional opinions
  • Assist court to decide liabilities of involved parties

  • Recent relevant publications

      Recently, UTC had published articles on failure analysis and accident investigation as follows:

    • "Improving quality and reliabity through effective failure analysis" was presented in Symposium on Materials Processing, Inspection and Testing held on August 24, 2017, Malaysia.

    • Click here to read more the presentation report.

    • "Forensic investigation on crane accidents" was published in International Journal on Forensic Engineering in 2017.

    • Click here to read the partial article.
      For full article, please contact the publisher.

    Typical expert witness projects

  • Public hearing on major MRT disruptions (mechanical, fracture, damage, material, corrosion in rail and other system)
  • State court trial on crane toppling (mechanical, opertion, structural stabiity, defects in control system)
  • High court trial on damages of printer in Cab (component damage, board malfunction)
  • Arbitration on crane collapse (boom fracture, wire rope breakage, workshop damage)
  • Criminal court trial on construction accident (mechanical design, installation, structural stability, risk assessment)
  • Interested parties for expert witness

  • Companies involved in accidents/incidents
  • Personal involved in accidents/incidents
  • Government agencies for law enforcement
  • Insurance companies