Intern Drowns in Vat Due to Negligent Design: $975,000 Settlement
A summer intern working in a factory was found drowned in a vat, which was located below the main floor of the factory. The case was shrouded in mystery until we hired mechanical engineering experts — who reviewed engineering drawings of the factory. We discovered a “pressure vent” had been omitted during construction, and water-pressure in the vat caused a floor-hatch-cover to pop open, creating a hole in the middle of the walkway. We produced a computer simulation of the incident. We also created a model the over-pressurization incident, and demonstrated how less than 1 PSI dislodged the hatch cover. See our creative approach to animations here.