Expert in Comprehensive Safety, OSHA Compliance, Risk Management, Construction, Manufacturing
Expert is a highly respected educational and motivational speaker and trainer, and provider of expert witness services in legal proceedings related to safety matters. His broad range of experiences has enabled him to become very well versed in the applicable governmental standards, as well as best industry practices, for many industries. Expert understands the application of many industry standards and guidance documents, including those promulgated by the American National Standards Institute, Associated General Contractors of America, National Safety Council, and others.
Expert's professional experience includes work in a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, higher education, service industries, hospitality, and many others. This in-depth exposure allows him to effectively provide expert witness testimony in cases ranging from falls from scaffolding in construction to falls from choir risers in schools.
In addition to his professional work experiences, Expert continually seeks to continue his professional development. He serves as an adjunct faculty member in the safety program at Illinois State University, regularly teaching senior level classes in this program. Expert is a Certified Safety Professional and was the first safety professional to earn this designation for construction safety. He routinely writes and speaks on a variety of safety and risk management topics for associations, professional organizations, and companies.
Expert is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, to teach the OSHA 10 and 30-Hour courses for both general industry and construction. These courses are intended to provide a solid overview of the OSHA standards for class participants. Expert also leads workshops and seminars on specific OSHA and safety topics such as fall protection, excavation safety, recordkeeping, confined space entry, and warehouse safety. These programs are delivered to specific companies and offered as open enrollment classes.
Expert offers expertise and experience in a variety of areas and has offered expert witness services for plaintiffs and defendants on an equal basis. He has worked successfully throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Springfield, Illinois - St. Louis, MO - Indianapolis, IN - Champaign, Illinois - Bloomington, Illinois - Quincy, IL - Louisville, KY - Kansas City, MO - Moline, IL
|Year: 1982||Degree: BS||Subject: Safety Studies||Institution: Illinois State University|
|Years: 1994 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Vice President||Department: Safety and Risk Management||Responsibilities: Extensive experience supporting the occupational safety and health, risk management, and emergency preparedness efforts of organizations seeking to identify and implement opportunities for improvement. Documented success in the development and implementation of effective health and safety programs, risk management initiatives, and emergency operations and business continuity plans designed to ensure adherence to recognized consensus standards, industry best practices, and governmental regulations.
Successfully support clients in construction, manufacturing, service industries, government, higher education, and the insurance and consulting industries.
Proven ability to incorporate organizational values into the culture at all levels, increasing operational effectiveness, eliminating employee injuries and property losses, and maximizing the protection of corporate assets and the reputation of the enterprise.
Expertise in strategic planning, budgeting, and the development of effective training programs. Respected educational and motivational speaker and trainer and provider of expert witness services including case research and court testimony.
|Years: 2011 to 2013||Employer: Ohio State University||Title: Chief Risk Officer||Department: Risk Management||Responsibilities: Responsible for the development of an enterprise-wide risk management program and support staff dedicated to identifying and managing potential and existing liabilities, while enhancing the ability to identify opportunities for growth and improvement. Developed and implemented a university-wide compliance program, led changes in state legislation enabling the university to self-insure for workers compensation insurance resulting in continuing savings of millions of dollars per year, directed business continuity efforts for enhanced efficiency, implemented a captive insurance program, and directed efforts to address previously unmanaged property and financial liability exposures. Managed the operation and staff of the university’s insurance, business continuity, and risk management efforts, including university-wide strategic and operational planning and the administration of all insurance and risk management-related business operations, while successfully managing a $50 million budget.|
|Years: 2000 to 2010||Employer: University of Illinois||Title: Risk Manager||Department: Division of Public Safety||Responsibilities: Developed, implemented, and administered a comprehensive risk management program, addressing policy and program development, implementation of risk management practices throughout the enterprise, and assessment of the university’s exposures, including property, liability, employment practices, and student-centered issues. Served as a member of the Division of Public Safety’s Senior Management Team, the group responsible for directing operations of the division, including 55 sworn law enforcement officers and support staff.|
|Years: 1986 to 1994||Employer: Continental Insurance Company and Safeco Insurance Company||Title: Senior Loss Control Representative||Department: Loss Control||Responsibilities: Responsible for providing loss control services to clients and for assessing the operations and related controls of prospective policyholders. Worked with clients to develop effective safety programs designed to control employee injuries, ensure compliance with OSHA standards, and manage liability related to premises, operations, and completed products.
|Associations / Societies|
|American Society of Safety Engineers;
University Risk Management and Insurance Association;
Risk and Insurance Management Society;
Associated General Contractors of America.
|Licenses / Certifications|
|- Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
- Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
- Authorized Instructor, Department of Homeland Security
Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education
Homeland Security Planning for Campus Executives
Homeland Security Planning for Campus Presidents
- Authorized Instructor, United States Department of Labor, OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry 10 and 30-Hour Course
- Authorized Instructor, United States Department of Labor, OSHA
Voluntary Compliance in Safety and Health for General Industry 10 and 30-Hour Course
|Awards / Recognition|
|Distinguished Alumni, Illinois State University;
International Fellowship, University Risk Management and Insurance Association;
Kentucky Colonel, Commonwealth of Kentucky
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|Expert regularly writes for professional and association journals and publications. Articles routinely cover a wide variety of safety and risk management topics including OSHA compliance, the management of safety, and specific OSHA standards and industry standards.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
| Expert provides expert witness testimony related to safety management, employee injuries, liability claims, property losses, and similar matters. He has provided expert witness services in a wide variety of cases including those related to injuries on construction sites, slips and falls in retail and public settings, industrial accidents, security of construction sites and the presence of children, and the loading and unloading of goods for commercial transportation, among others.
Expert has worked successfully on cases representing the interests of plaintiffs and defendants equally, selecting cases based upon his areas of expertise and the merits of the case.
Expert has provided assistance in preparing cases and expert witness depositions and testimony in numerous states and jurisdictions. He has also worked with clients in pre-trial settings such as hearing before OSHA officials.
|Training / Seminars|
| Expert is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, to deliver the OSHA 10-Hour class and the OSHA 30-Hour class for both General Industry and Construction Safety. He delivers these programs to specific clients, to specific industries, and as public classes where individuals from a variety of companies and organizations are present.
Expert has developed and delivered a wide variety of training for specific companies and industries. This has included:
- Fall Protection
- Structural Steel Erection
- Scaffolding Safety
- OSHA Recordkeeping
- Confined space entry
- Lockout/Tagout, Control of Hazardous Energy
- Development of Effective Safety Committees
- Effective Safety Training
Expert is regularly invited to speak at conferences, workshops, and seminars sponsored by private companies, OSHA, organizations, and others. He has spoken throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
|Expert, working through his consulting company, has worked with clients on numerous occasions to identify other professionals to provide specialty services such as industrial hygiene monitoring, provision of specialty training, supply of safety equipment and supplies, and the delivery of other goods and services.|
|Expert is considered an industry leader in safety training and education and in the understanding and application of governmental and industry standards. He is routinely called upon to present new ideas and information to individual companies, industry associations, organizations and others. He regularly authors articles of timely interest for these groups as well.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Expert regularly consults with clients to develop, implement, and monitor comprehensive safety programs designed for their specific needs and demands. He also works with industry groups to develop materials and training programs for the good of their members.|