A large office complex suffered contamination due to the collapse of an adjacent 40-story building. The company occupying the contaminated building retained an outside consulting firm to assess their telephone system for possible damage and to provide recommendations. The outside consulting firm reported that the telephone system was contaminated by the building collapse and required replacement due to long term reliability issues caused by impurities from the building collapse. The firm then presented a $35 million purchase order to replace the telephone system and handsets.
J.S. Held’s Equipment Consulting Practice was retained to assess the telephone system and advise whether the system required replacement due to the incident. J.S. Held inspected the telephone system with the company and the outside consulting firm and confirmed that a thick layer of dry, gray dust (impurities) was present throughout the interior of the system. However, we did not know if these impurities were corrosive (harmful) and did not know if the impurities were from the aforementioned building collapse. Thus, we turned to science to provide the answers. We collected wipe samples from inside the system for ion chromatography analysis, bulk samples of the impurities inside the system, and bulk samples of the building collapse debris for energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis. The analytical tests demonstrated the following:
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