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Expert in Industrial Accident Investigation

Expert ID: 734551 South Carolina, USA

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Worked for 16 years in a PSM-covered facility; developed, implemented, and reported on OSHA PSM compliance for the site. Trained PHA study leader and incident investigator.

Industrial Experience:
• Unit Operations: Distillation, Filtration, Extraction, Drying, Piping Systems
• Heat Exchanger Design/Sizing
• Distributed Control Systems
• Carbon Monoxide Abatement
• Boilers and Associated Systems (Coal-Fired & Natural Gas-Fired)
• Cogeneration
• Cooling Towers
• Polymer Processing
• Refrigeration/Chillers (Ammonia-Based, Multi-Stage)
• Mineral Extraction and Processing (Sodium Carbonates, Borates)
• Pulp and Paper Industry
• Animal Harvesting and Packaging Operations (Including Rendering)
• Grain Milling/Processing
• Conversational Spanish (Worked at PET Plants in Mexico, Spain & Argentina)

Regulatory Experience:
ISO Compliance
• HON (Hazardous Organic NESHAP (National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air
Pollutants)) Compliance
• OSHA 1910 Process Safety Management
o Confined Space Entry
o Incident Investigation
o Lockout/Tagout
o Process Hazard Analyses
• Spill Prevention, Control and Containment Procedures

Areas of Expertise:
Chemical Release and Exposure
Codes and Standards Analysis
Confined Space Entry – Lockout/Tagout
Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Fires & Explosions
Industrial Accident Investigation
OSHA Process Safety
Scope of Damage / Cost to Repair

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Concord, North Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina - Charleston, South Carolina - North Charleston, South Carolina - Greenville, South Carolina - Augusta, Georgia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2000 Degree: MBA Subject: Business/Finance Institution: University of South Carolina
Year: 1991 Degree: Bachelors Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to 2018 Employer: The Warren Group Title: Consulting Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Consulting Engineer performing specialized consulting related to property loss and unintentional
injuries resulting from industrial accidents, fires and explosions.

Oversaw all administrative aspects of cases for forensic engineers. Familiar with workers’ compensation, subrogation, and product liability insurance claim and litigation processes. Reviewed all reports issued by the firm.
Years: 2007 to 2010 Employer: Management Alternatives, Ltd Title: Project Lead Engineer/ Energy Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Working with large energy users at their site to develop and install behavior-based energy managment systems.

Directed assessment teams. Reviewed and approved all energy savings calculations. Responsible for staff on-site, relationship with client management, overall progress of projects, maintenance of records with clients.

Consulted in a variety of industries. Diagnosed operations at highly energy intensive facilities. Worked with operations employees to modify operation of equipment to decrease energy consumption. Developed and implemented non-capital process improvements. Created energy metrics and plant/corporate reporting and management tools to reduce clients’ energy costs. Worked closely with all levels of client personnel, from hourly operations to department leaders during development and
implementation/training phases.
Years: 1991 to 2007 Employer: Eastman Chemical Company Title: Various Department: Responsibilities: Multiple assignments in various production facilities.

Implemented a data-driven management system to reduce energy expenditures by over 10% at their Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) manufacturing facility. Maintained system for an additional two years. Installed similar systems in all of Eastman PET plants (Spain, Argentina, England, Holland, and Mexico) and the Polyethylene operation in Texas.

Responsible for operations and staffing. Supervised chemical operators and office staff. Maintained ISO compliance. Successfully managed production during the transition of the business to another owner.

Completed large-scale process improvements projects requiring capital expenditures in excess of $1M. Additionally, responsible for developing and maintaining the technical expertise of the Development Engineers in that area.

Responsible for the day-to-day operations and facility maintenance for two plants within the Intermediates Department. Developed and implemented the policies and procedures required to maintain all applicable OSHA 1910 and EPA requirements, specifically HON implementation.

Member of the Intermediates Department at the PET manufacturing facility. Responsible for identifying problems, designing experiments to test hypotheses and implementing solutions. Participated in the start-up of Eastman’s PET plant in Mexico (Eastman’s first outside the United States).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
South Carolina Chapter of The International Association of Arson Investigators (SCIAAI)
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer in South Carolina
Professional Engineer in North Carolina
Professional Engineer in Georgia
Professional Engineer in West Virginia
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying – Model Law Engineer

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Certified Color Matcher – Eastman Chemical Company
Incident Investigator – 40hr Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) training, Failsafe Network
OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis Study Leader
Publications and Patents Summary
Available upon request.

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