We investigate fires, explosions, and failures of systems and components using oxygen, hydrogen, other hazardous fluids, or pressure equipment. From small medical oxygen equipment to large petrochemical plant explosions, we have the expertise and tools to determine what went wrong.
Investigate fires related to oxygen and other oxidizers.
Investigate fires and explosions related to hydrogen.
Investigate fires and incidents related to toxic or reactive gases.
Investigate fires related to a wide range of fuel gases.
Investigate ruptures, leaks, and mechanical failures related to pressurized systems.
Investigate fires in electrical medical oxygen devices and other electrical systems.
Investigate and document the scene of an incident in preparation for litigation.
Utilize our experience and data-driven insights in legal contexts.
Subject Matter Experts
WHA’s engineers are recognized among the world’s leading experts in incident investigations involving oxygen and other hazardous fluids. We’ve analyzed hundreds of incidents, from small medical device fires to large industrial explosions. Our findings have frequently influenced the industry, leading directly to new international standards that continue to save lives and protect property around the globe.
Strength in Numbers
Fires and explosions are typically a once-in-a-lifetime traumatic event, but we deal with these incidents every day. Our experience and unique capabilities will bring understanding to your failure incident related to oxygen or other hazardous fluids.
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Custom Testing & Incident Reproduction
Our team is uniquely qualified to develop custom test methods that can provide data-driven insights about a failure.
At our Test and Training Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we've performed tests on everything from small medical oxygen valves to violent ruptures of large industrial gas cylinders.
Actionable Insights Enhance Safety
Our failure analysis experts go far beyond conjecture to find defensible answers based on facts and verifiable data — actionable insights our clients can use to enhance safety and prevent future incidents.
In fact, our findings have frequently influenced the industry, leading directly to new international standards that continue to save lives and protect property around the globe.
Failure Analysis Case Studies
Case Study: Aluminum Oxygen Tank Fires Initiated by Impact
In recent years, several notable oxygen tank fires have occurred after a fall or sudden impact. WHA is actively investigating what went wrong.
Case Study: Power Plant Hydrogen Explosion
In 2007, a routine gaseous hydrogen (GH2) delivery resulted in a fatal hydrogen explosion at a power…
Case Study: PCTFE Dimensional Instability Results in Oxygen Fires
Learn how a small plastic part led to big problems in the oxygen industry.