Forensics

General Info

Our History

The Forensic Services group of companies began in Malaysia in 1986 to carry out investigations into the causes of accidents throughout Asia. In the ensuing years we have grown to a full time staff of 25 with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Hong Kong. We conduct about 300 consultations each year. We have in-house ancillary expertise such as GC/FID analysis of fire site debris, non-destructive testing and crane repair.

Our Consultants

Our consultants are professionally qualified in the applied sciences and engineering, and are engaged full time in the work described; with graduates in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering, metallurgy, chemistry and materials science. Every investigation is conducted with the view that the findings may need to be presented and justified in a court of law. Our consultants have appeared as expert witnesses in courts in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

Countries In Which We Work

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Our base is in Kuala Lumpur and we work throughout Asia. Our consultants have conducted assignments in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Macau, Sri Lanka, Saipan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Maldives and the Philippines.

Reasons for Forensic Investigation

The main reasons we are asked to investigate accidents are as follows:

  • Large loss requiring due diligence
  • Determination of liability
  • Possibility of subrogation
  • To prevent further accidents

Areas of Expertise

We offer a wide range of services, including but not limited to the following areas of technical investigation:

  • Fire and explosions
  • Machinery breakdown
  • Product liability
  • Material failures
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Marine/Transit claims
  • Nature and extent of damage and restoration
  • Theft and break-in

Major Investigations

The large investment in structures and machinery throughout Asia over the past decade has resulted in this part of the world experiencing major public and industrial accidents of great economic significance. We are often involved in investigations into the losses, and examples are as follows:

  • The collapse of the ferry terminal at Butterworth, Penang in 1988, in which 22 people died.
  • The explosion on board the tanker Choon Hong III at Pt Klang, Malaysia in 1992.
  • The April 1992 fire at Subang Airport, Malaysia.
  • The explosion at Ginza Plaza, Singapore.
  • The Kader toy factory fire in Bangkok, May 1993. This was the worst recorded industrial fire in history, with over 200 deaths.
  • The US$50M fire at the Chungwa Picture Tube Factory in Taiwan in 1994.
  • Fire at Garley Building, Hong Kong, November 1996, with 40 deaths.
  • US$70m fire at LG Electronics, Kumi, South Korea, 2001.
  • Chip Pac electronics factory fire in South Korea, 2004.
  • Ecco warehouse fire in Thailand, 2006.
  • Fire in catering building, new Bangkok airport, 2006.
  • Explosion in Glorietta Mall, Manila. 2007.
  • Kolan Industries explosion, Korea, 2008.
  • Fire at blast furnace, Taiwan, with losses of US$100m.

Associate

FSM has as its associate Rimkus Consulting Inc of the USA. Rimkus carries out investigations and provides technical advice to insurance and legal industries world wide. They have over 200 full time technical consultants covering many industry groups and disciplines.

FSM has worked with Rimkus on assignments in Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan.