Eric M. Benstock

P.E., IEng, C.F.E.I

Mechanical Engineer/Director of Operations

 

Eric Benstock, P.E. received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston and his B.Sc. in Business Administration from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina. He is an Incorporated Engineer in the UK and a member in the Institute of Fire Engineers. Additionally, he is a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator. Mr. Benstock has over 20 years of experience in Forensic Engineering and Origin & CauseInvestigations. His primary areas of consultation include mechanical system and equipment failure analysis, gas system analysis and testing, explosion and fire analysis, and workplace injury. Over those 20+ years Mr. Benstock has been involved with numerous matters involving complex workplace injuries where he has not only been tasked with evaluating the equipment and worker interaction and actions leading up to an injury, but also analyzing the applicability of various OSHA regulations.

 

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Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Forensic Engineering & The Scientific Method”, CSI Forensic Science Camp, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, July 30, 2015
  • “Radiant Barrier – Required Green Building Materials are Creating New Subrogation Opportunities”, NASP 2014 National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Orlando, Florida, November 10 – 11, 2014
  • “A Strange New Source of Structure Fire Ignition”, ISFI 2012 International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, October 15 - 17, 2012
  • “Hot Topic: Fires Involving Lightning & Reflective Radiant Barriers”, Cozen O’Connor 2012 Dallas Subrogation & Insurance Litigation Seminar, Dallas, Texas, May 23, 2012
  • “Fuel Gas Explosion Investigation”, Propane Claim Training Seminar, Orlando, Florida, November 17 - 18, 2005
  • “Understanding Mold in Indoor Environments”, Navajo Nation Annual Insurance Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19, 2003
  • “Cause and Effect of Unintended Releases from Propane Cylinders and Tanks”, Propane Gas Defense Association, San Francisco, California, October 8, 1999
  • “A Strange New Source of Structure Fire Ignition”, ISFI 2012 Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, National Association of Fire Investigators, Pgs. 585 - 595, 2012
  • “Reflective Radiant Barriers: Good for Energy Savings - Bad for Fire Safety”, National Association of Fire Investigators, October 29, 2010
  • “Special Report: Reflective Radiant Barriers”, Fire Findings, Vol. 17, No. 3, Pgs. 7 - 11, 2009

Continuing Education

  • Elevator and Escalators Combo Course, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 5-9, 2014
  • ISFI 2012 International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, October 15 - 17, 2012
  • Pressure Relief Devices: Design, Sizing, Construction, Inspection, and Maintenance, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 24 - 25, 2012
  • Plastics Fundamentals: Properties and Causes of Failures, June 8, 2012
  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers, EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center, April 26 - 27, 2012
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Training and Security Awareness Training, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • March 29, 2012
  • Combustible Dust Hazards: Dust Explosions, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, San Francisco, California, May 13 - 14, 2010
  • The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation Course by CFITrainer.net in conjunction with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI), April 15, 2010
  • Advanced Arson Investigative Techniques for the Insurance Industry, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms National
  • Academy, (IAAI), November 2 - 6, 2009
  • Sprinkler and Other Automatic Fire Suppression Systems, The College of Engineering, The University of Wisconsin, February 2008
  • HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (8 hour) CFR 1910.120, MDLS Safety Training, February 9, 2008
  • 21st Fire Science and Fire Investigation Course, Fire Safety Engineering Group, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, March 2007
  • HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (8 hour), CFR 1910.120, MDLS Safety Training, February 16, 2007
  • HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (40 hour), 29 CFR 1910.120(e) Confined Space Entry and Air Monitoring Certified, Argo Environmental Training and Consulting, Inc., February 19, 2006
  • Catastrophic Propane Explosion and Carbon Monoxide Claims, Propane Claim Training Seminar, November 17 - 18, 2005
  • Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires, Fire Findings, November 8 - 11, 2005
  • Basic Service and Installation, Natural and LP Gas Systems, Gas Training Services, August 2004
  • NFPA 58 Adoption of the 2001 Edition, Texas Propane Educational & Marketing Foundation, May 2004
  • Certified Indoor Environmentalist Course, Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), May 2002