Dr Carl Butler

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Job Title : Principal Associate
Services : Crime Investigation, Fire & Explosion, Mechanical Engineering
Location : Manchester
Email : [email protected]
Telephone: Office: +44 0161 493 1860 Mobile: +447879 471775


MA   Natural Sciences - Chemistry - Cambridge

PhD   'Chemistry of ions in Flames' - Dept Chem Eng - Cambridge

After his PhD, Carl became a post-doctoral research associate in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge. He studied the chemistry involved with the production of high purity silica and also completed research work for industrial clients using fluidised bed reactors.

In 1997, Carl moved to the Process Safety Section of the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), an agency of the Health and Safety Executive. His work there, initially as a Higher Scientific Officer, involved the assessments of hazards associated with industrial chemical reaction processes, including runaway chemical reactions, BLEVEs and LPG vapour cloud fires, for which he was a partner in a European Joint Industry Project. Later, as Senior Scientific Officer, he led a research team investigating hazards associated with a wide range of processes, including high pressure water-jetting, fire-engulfment valves, LPG-storage and pool fires. Carl was also involved in large-scale testing to assess the hazards presented by the use of hydrogen as a fuel.

His work at HSL also included the investigation of a number of incidents and he was an incident officer for the Process Safety Section. He also produced industry guidance on prevention of over-pressurisation of storage silos.

Carl joined Hawkins in 2004 and is now a Principal Associate in our Manchester office. He now specialises in fire and explosion investigation. He has been responsible for forensic investigations, ranging from multi-million pound fires through to incidents in shops, offices, factories, churches and vehicles.

Carl also investigates road traffic collisions and is part of the Hawkins' RTA Investigation Team. He has completed reconstruction reports for road collisions, including fatal incidents, and has attended Court in this capacity.

Carl has attended Court as an expert witness on several occasions, including as an expert for the Police and Fire Brigades in a criminal prosecution. He has also acted as an expert witness for a public hearing on behalf of a local council. He is registered with the UK Register of Expert witnesses.

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