Origin Before Cause: Fire Investigation Terminology

Fire investigator standing amidst the smoking remnants of a building fire.

“Cause and Origin” was the terminology used in the fire investigation community, as well as in fire and arson textbooks like Robert Carter’s Arson Investigation, which was originally published in…

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Fallen Tree Limbs Uncover Property Management Failures

Pine trees with fallen limbs on snowy ground

Case Summary: A two-year-old boy was injured while playing in a pile of snow mounded up by a snow contractor. Prior to the incident, the child’s parents noticed several children…

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Should School Buses Have Seat Belts?

Two recent collisions involving school buses in Ohio and Arizona have prompted increased attention on federal and state legislation regarding safety precautions for student transportation services.  In August 2023, Carl…

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Where Have All the High Dives Gone?

For the past 35 years or so, high dives (diving boards that are three-meters or 10-feet tall) have been disappearing from public and private swimming pools across the United States.…

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Trampoline Park Misses the Mark

Trampoline park

Case Summary: Plaintiff was 14 years’ old when he visited Defendant’s trampoline park with his family.  Intending to jump into a foam pit, Plaintiff inadvertently jumped from a raised platform…

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