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Expert in Oil, Gas & Mining Accidents- Root Cause and Corrective Actions

Expert ID: 736513 Alabama, USA

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Retired Senior HSE executive for BP PLC on four continents. Led accident investigations for Det Norske Veritas. Developed HSE program for Petro-Kazakhstan and free lanced as expert witness with Americana Safety.

Expert has 35+ years of HSE Risk Management achievements developing world class HSE Management Programs with diverse industries such as AT&T, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), BP PLC, ADCO (Abu Dhabi Onshore Oil) Shell Oil, and HSE Solutions Inc. While serving as member of BP's Corporate Internal Audit team, provided Senior BP Directors recommendations to improve corporate HSE. Expert was honored to present papers before AiChE, SPE, and OSHA Safety conferences on subjects such as Cultural Safety, Behavioral Safety Auditing, Institutionalizing Safety and keys to developing a world class HSE program.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: BS Subject: Mineral Engineering Institution: University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: AT&T Title: HSE Focal Manager- Energy Services Division World-wide Department: Corporate Management Responsibilities: Hired as HSE Manager to start up new Energy Services Divisions. This division provides communication services to Oil/Gas companies world-wide. Requirements included development and approval of world focal managers, development of EHS policies and procedures for the new organization.
Years: 2007 to 2012 Employer: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Title: Senior Risk Consultant Department: Risk Management Responsibilities: Primary duties included leading Accident Investigations in Oil/Gas. Was involved in several multi-million$ accidents which involved loss of life and property.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: Self Employed Title: President/Owner Department: Management Responsibilities: Recruited to start up EHS Program at PetroKazakhstan, one of the first unified oil companies in old Soviet Union. Had responsibility for developing the policies and procedures, hiring staff, and provide proper training programs for the new company.
Years: 1989 to 2003 Employer: BP PLC Title: Multiple VP HSE (Pakistan), HSE Manager (Venezuela), EHS Tech Adviser (UAE) Manager Safety BP America Department: Safety and Health Group Responsibilities: Tasks ranged from setting up HSE programs for BP America to moving around globe setting up HSE programs, developing them and improving HSE performances. Was stationed on four continents as HSE manager, and in all cases successfully led HSE improvement to top industry levels. In all cases, was responsible for leading or supervising all accident investigations, which included explosions, fires, and fatalities.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1971 to 1981 Agency: Department of Labor -MSHA Role: Technical Safety Engineer Description: Technical Expert in Areas of Mine Roof Support and Mine Ventilation

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1990 to 1991 Country / Region: U.K. Summary: Senior Engineer at BP PLC Corporate Safety Centre
Years: 1991 to 1993 Country / Region: Venezuela Summary: HSE Project Manager within National Oil Company (PDVSA) building Refinery
Years: 1994 to 1996 Country / Region: Venezuela Summary: HSE Manager BP Venezuela, Oil/Gas Asset
Years: 1994 to 2000 Country / Region: Abu Dhabi- UAE Summary: Technical Risk Adviser
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: Pakistan Summary: VP-HSE- BP Pakistan

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member ASSE
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Safety Professional, since 1984
Professional Appointments
Professional Member ASSE - 1995
Awards / Recognition
Awards from MSHA Outstanding Performance
Award from PDVSA for Safety Project in PDVSA
Award BP for Leadership in Long Beach Oil Spill
Publications and Patents Summary
AiChE Conference, San Antonio: "Use of Barrier/Bow Tie Approach at Process Safety Management Sites"
AiChE Conference, Tampa, Florida: "Safety Culture in Developing Countries"
SPE Conference San Antonio: "Institutionalization of HSE"
OSHA Safety Conference, Houston: "Development of World Class HSE"

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
2016- Research on fatality to West Texas fatality involving oil field worker. Issue resolved before trial
2012- Research deposition and trial regarding fatality at Coal Mine in Alabama.
2011- Research, deposition regarding construction fatality involving welding in area of hazardous materials. Multiple lawsuits, was represented only one of defendants the contract owner.
Training / Seminars
AT&T Project Manager Training
Telecommunication Risk Assessment and dispatch requirements
Oil & Gas Contractor Safety Orientation
Oil & Gas Vendor Orientation (HSSE Safety Requirements)
Office Hazard Recognition and Response
Hazards of Hydrogen Sulfide
Walking and Working Surfaces - Fall Protection
Field Hazard Recognition - Assessing Personal Risk
2010: ISO14001/OHSAS18001 and DNV Safety Health Environment (SHE) Management System
2010: DwD – Dealing with Dilemmas
2009: Heat Stress
2009: Basic safety and health
2009: CSM1
2009: ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 North America SHE Management System Training
2009: Project Management 1
Vendor Selection
During most recent role, Expert had the overall responsibility in choosing vendors based mainly on their competence and overall good Health and Safety attributes.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has broad training skills. He was required not only to develop new training courses for all levels of management but also to be the lead trainer. From that, he developed a behavioral safety audit with training which he copyrighted.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Proficient- Speaking, Reading, writing.

Fields of Expertise

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