BakerRisk’s knowledge of relevant incident investigation guidance documents and our real-world experience gained over hundreds of incident investigations results in defensible and efficient scene documentation and evidence collection. You can trust that BakerRisk’s team of investigators will ensure that these activities are performed in accordance with industry best practices. BakerRisk investigators assist with identifying evidence and prioritizing collection of time-sensitive items. We thoroughly document the scene, work with involved parties to develop protocols for evidence collection and in-situ testing, and conduct the evidence testing and collection per site and industry protocols.
Examples of BakerRisk Scene Documentation and Evidence Collection Activities:
- Site documentation, including multimedia (still image, videography, drone video), debris mapping, and heat mapping
- Damage indicator documentation and measurement
- Photo documentation, mapping, tagging, and collection of evidence
- GPS mapping of site characteristics and items of evidentiary value
- Protocol development for the identification, removal, preservation, and examination of evidentiary items
- Evidence custodian support including evidence logs, chain of custody transfers, visitor logs, sample splitting, etc.
- Facilitating evidence examination and testing protocols at the scene or in a laboratory
Relevant Technical Guides and Standards:
- NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
- ASTM E1188: Standard Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator
- ASTM E1459: Standard Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation
- ASTM E860: Examining and Preparing Items That Are or May Become Involved in Criminal or Civil Litigation
- ASTM E1492: Standard Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory