$16 Million Award for Collapsed Bauxite Conveyor System – Forensic Investigation

We performed a forensic investigation for a West African bauxite company who was eventually awarded $16 million in a U.S. District Court after a bauxite conveyor and a tippler building collapsed.

Bauxite was dropped twenty-two feet from rail cars onto the conveyor of a crusher system in the tippler building. The conveyor system and concrete support beams were most seriously affected. O’Donnell engineers performed a failure investigation and determined that the impact loading of the bauxite boulders weighing up to ten tons had been grossly underestimated in the design of the building. We concluded that the structure had been under-designed for the anticipated and applied loads.



O’Donnell Consulting Engineers not only Performs Design, Analysis and Troubleshooting – but also Performs Forensic Investigations on Equipment and Facilities.

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