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Expert in OSHA; Construction Safety; Fall Protection; Working in Hot Environments.

Expert ID: 731707 Illinois, USA

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Expert has extensive experience as a safety professional in construction safety and insurance consultation. Areas of expertise include:
Construction Safety, Safety Program Administration, OSHA Compliance Training Classes, Claims Management, Loss Trend Statistical Analysis (actual and potential), Accident investigation and inspection, Program planning and development skills include: defining corporate goals and objectives, conducting needs analysis to identify opportunities of improvement, developing and organizing training materials, and coordinating all activities designed to improve workplace safety.

He also has extensive experience in safety and training for a variety of industries, including years of successful safety and training experience in the construction industry. This enables him to help companies achieve acceptable risk levels by analyzing exposures, controls, probability of occurrence, and severity of incidents, which allows for prevention or reduction of occupationally related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Until early 2010 he worked for NASA at John C. Stennis Space Center, MS. He provided Supplier Quality Auditing (Safety) services for NASA Contract Assurance Services (NCAS). He monitored the safety of contractors building the new A-3 Test Stand to support testing of the J2-X engine for the Ares rockets, along with the future work for the Ares V and lunar lander. Ares V was a heavy lift rocket for lunar missions, part of the Constellation program.

He has been a safety supervisor for a company performing maintenance and modification at an Exelon Nuclear Power plant refueling outage. His position ended the beginning of November 2012.

Prior to that he was a Site Safety and Health Officer for Honeywell ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) (SQA Services, Inc.), US Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during installation of security cameras on 30 foot towers along the perimeter fence line.

During 2010 and 2011, He was employed first at Jay Dee Contractors (through Aerotek) on a US Army Corps of Engineers managed job, which followed US Army Corps of Engineers Health and Safety Requirements Manual EM 385-1-1. He was the Site Safety & Health Officer on the McCook Emergency Repair Project on Chicago’s Deep Tunnel. After that he worked for the OSHA Training Institute as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist for the Division of Training and Educational Development, where I helped develop Construction Safety Courses.

He has been a Health & Safety Officer for Envirocon, Inc., in West Chicago, IL. Envirocon is a hazardous waste remediation construction company cleaning up radioactive waste and restoring property for Kerr McGee at various EPA Superfund (CERCLA) sites throughout West Chicago. The first year he held this position we succeeded in reducing our injury rate to only 2.7 as compared to 23.3 the year before he started.

During his stay, he provided training for Caltrans Project and District personnel in Fall Protection, Scaffold User Training. Lead Training, Personal Protective Equipment, and Hazard Communications, as well as other safety topics. He also conducted six different sessions of the OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Training program for project personnel and Caltrans Toll Bridge Construction Safety Engineers and other field and management personnel.

In a previous position he was the Safety Professional administering the Safety Program for a tunneling contractor that built (mined) over 6 miles of Chicago's Deep Tunnel. During his second year at that project we were able to reduce the total amount of money per manhour spent for workers compensation and general liability claims by 87.9%.

Deposition: He testified for the attorney representing the plaintiff, Attorneys at Law, in a fatal fall.Deposition: He was deposed by the attorney representing the defense.Deposition: He was deposed by the attorney representing the plaintiff. He appeared as an expert on Fall Protection for Defense Attorney.Deposition: He was deposed by the attorney representing the defendant. He was an expert for the plaintiff regarding the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code and handrails.

Deposition: He was deposed by the attorney representing the plaintiff, United States District Court. He appeared as an expert on Walking-Working Surfaces for the defense.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: M.Ed. Subject: Safety Education Institution: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Year: 1972 Degree: B.S. Subject: Secondary Education; Driver & Traffic Safety Education Institution: University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Year: 1964 Degree: none, attended 2 years Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: WorcesterPolytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to 2019 Employer: Thompson Reuters Expert Witness Services (TREWS) Title: Expert Witness Department: Responsibilities: Defense witness in case involving personal injury litigation where large scale industrial shelves being erected in Aurora, IL, collapsed injuring workers.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Employer: Area Erectors (Aerotech) Title: Site Safety Manager Department: Kenosha, WI Responsibilities: Site Safety Manager for steel erection crew building 3 million square foot (1 million sq ft footprint) new 4 story Amazon warehouse and offices.
• Administer the Safety Program
• Perform continual field safety inspections
• Enforce safety rules and regulations
Years: 2013 to 2013 Employer: Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (SQA Services, Inc.) Title: Certified Safety Professional Department: BP Chemical Company, Decatur, AL Responsibilities: Evaluate Fall Protection Program and Practices at BP Chemical Plant, recommend corrective actions.
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Honeywell ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) (SQA Services, Inc.) Title: Certified Safety Professional Department: U.S. Naval Support Activity, Manama, Bahrain Responsibilities: Maintain Physical Security/Access Control (PS/AC) includes sliding gates, swing arms, bollards, and pop up barriers that are designed to provide high resistance to potential vehicular threats. While these active systems are essential to the base physical security infrastructure, they can also pose a significant safety hazard to motorists, pedestrians, and maintenance workers.
Certified Safety Professional (Temporary Assignment) Had extensive background check.
Full time responsibility for ensuring the safety and health of employees, provide technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) guidance to employees, and ensure that, Regulatory, Base Specific, and Host Country Safety and Health Regulations are followed.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Employer: Stone & Webster Exelon Braidwood Nuclear Station Title: Safety Supervisor Department: Exelon Braidwood Nuclear Station, Braceville, IL and Exelon Quad Cities Nuclear Station, Cordova, IL Responsibilities: Perform nuclear maintenance and modification services for the refueling outage. Had extensive background check.
• Administer the Safety Program
• Attend job planning meetings to review safety procedures
• Perform daily inspections
• Enforce safety rules and regulations
Years: 2012 to 2012 Employer: Honeywell ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) (SQA Services, Inc.) Title: Site Safety & Health Officer Department: US Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Responsibilities: Install security cameras on 30 foot towers along perimeter fence line.
Site Safety & Health Officer (Temporary Assignment) Had extensive background check.
• Administer the Safety& Health Requirements following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EM 385-1-1
• Perform continuous inspections
• Enforce safety rules and regulations
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: OSHA Training Institute, Arlington Heights, IL Title: Safety and Occupational Health Specialist Department: Division of Training and Educational Development Responsibilities: Construction Safety Course Developer.
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
Apply expert-level safety and occupational health management knowledge, concepts, and skills to the design and development of training courses for the OSHA training Institute.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Employer: Jay Dee Contractors (Aerotek), Hodgkins, IL Title: Site Safety & Health Officer Department: Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s Mainstream Pumping Station Responsibilities: Under contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (EM 385-1-1) to perform investigation and repair activities within the McCook Distribution Tunnel System located at the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s Mainstream Pumping Station.
Site Safety & Health Officer
- Instruct supervisors in safety responsibilities.
- Implement a program of employee safety education.
- Perform ongoing inspections to evaluate and correct for compliance
- Coordinate scheduled and unscheduled inspections to identify and correct unsafe working conditions.

Years: 2007 to 2012 Employer: NASA (SQA Services, Inc.), John C. Stennis Space Center, MS Title: NASA Contract Assurance Services Certified Safety Professional Department: A-3 Test Stand Construction Responsibilities: A contractor working for NASA providing Supplier Quality Auditing (Safety) services to NASA Contract Assurance Services (NCAS).
NCAS Certified Safety Professional Had extensive background check.
Monitor contractors building the new A-3 Test Stand to support testing of the J2-X engine for the Ares rockets, along with the future work for the Ares V and lunar lander. Ares V is a heavy lift rocket for lunar missions.
- Analyze potential and actual loss sources, develop countermeasures, suggest corrective actions
- Perform periodic comprehensive field reviews of projects to identify safety, health, liability, property exposures and risks.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2010 to 2011 Agency: OSHA Training Institute, Arlington Heights, IL Role: Division of Training and Educational Development – Construction Safety Course Developer. Description: Apply expert-level safety and occupational health management knowledge, concepts, and skills to the design and development of training courses for the OSHA training Institute.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2012 to 2013 Country / Region: Manama, Bahrain Summary: Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (SQA Services,Inc.) U.S. Naval Support Activity, Manama, Bahrain Honeywell ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) maintains Physical Security/Access Control (PS/AC) includes sliding gates, swing arms, bollards, and pop up barriers that are designed to provide high resistance to potential vehicular threats. While these active systems are essential to the base physical security infrastructure, they can also pose a significant safety hazard to motorists, pedestrians, and maintenance workers. Certified Safety Professional (Temporary Assignment) Had extensive background check. Full time responsibility for ensuring the safety and health of Honeywell employees, provide technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) guidance to Honeywell employees, and ensure that Honeywell, Regulatory, Base Specific, and Host Country Safety and Health Regulations are followed.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Summary: Honeywell ATFP (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection) (SQA Services,Inc.) US Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Install security cameras on 30 foot towers along perimeter fence line. Site Safety & Health Officer (Temporary Assignment) Had extensive background check.• Administer the Safety& Health Requirements following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EM 385-1-1• Perform continuous inspections • Enforce safety rules and regulations

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Safety Engineers, Professional Member; Underground Contractors Association of Illinois-Safety and Education Committee; Construction Safety Association of America-Program Chairman; American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Safety Professional
Board of Certified Safety Professionals


Professional Appointments
President, Northeastern Illinois Chapter; President Elect, Northeastern Illinois Chapter; Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Arkansas Chapter
Publications and Patents Summary
5 publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Consulted with both plaintiff and defense attorneys in numerous cases, including a trial and Deposition. United States District Court.
Training / Seminars
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Examination Item Writing Team; BCSP/CCHEST Item Writing Workshop; Examination Item Workshop; Question Writing Workshop
Other Relevant Experience
CONTINUING EDUCATION
CHICAGOLAND CONSTRUCTION SAFETY COUNCIL,
Numerous classes, including Health Hazards in Construction, Forklift Train the Trainer, Lead Hazard Awareness; Excavation Competent Person, Powerline Hazard Awareness; Confined Space Entry; Scaffold Users Training; Fall Protection Competent Person; Silica Hazard Awareness; First Aid/CPR

HAZWOPER REFRESHER, Chicago Safety, Health & Environmental Conference,

DOT Hazardous Materials Instructor Training

CROSBY GROUP, Rigging, Train-the-Trainer,

Wilderness Risk Management Conference,

Exelon, Quad Cities Nuclear Station,

Professional Development Conferences, American Society of Safety Engineer

THREE RIVERS SAFETY COUNCIL

NASA’s Safety & Mission Assurance Technical Excellence Program (STEP) Level 1
22 hours of courses including: Risk Management Overview; Decision Analysis Overview: Systems Engineering Overview; Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Overview; Space Operations Mission Directorate Overview; Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Overview; Basics of Aviation Safety; Basics of Reliability and Maintainability; Basics of Quality Engineering; Basics of System Safety; Case Studies on Apollo1, Apollo 13, Challenger, & Columbia.

NASA SAFETY TRAINING CENTER, Stennis Space Center, MS
Human Factors in Mishap Investigation
NASA Root Cause Analysis
Hydrogen Safety
Electrical Safety Standards
Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
Establishing, Maintaining, and Assessing an OSHA VPP Compliant Safety & Health Program
Safety in High Pressure Systems
Flexible Hose Safety
General Cryogenic Safety

OSHA, National Training Institute, Instructors Course for Construction Safety & Health
Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
Update for Voluntary Compliance Outreach Trainers
Principles of Scaffolding
Cranes and Materials Handling for Construction
Concrete, Forms, and Shoring
Hazardous Wastesite Inspection, Emergency Response
Fall Arrest Systems
Health Hazards in the Construction Industry
Tunneling and Underground Operations
A Guide to Voluntary Compliance in Safety and Health
Excavation, Trenching & Soil Mechanics

ANNUAL AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS-OSHA
JOINT SAFETY CONFERENCES,
ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY CONFERENCES,

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Caltrans), Lead Safety Training for Trainers

NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL,
Flagger Instructor's Course
Safety Management Techniques
Safety Training Methods
Principles of Occupational Safety & Health
Lockout/Tagout...Control of Hazardous Energy Sources
Congress and Exposition,
Professional Development Seminars: Back Injury-Prevention and Control
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Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Dutch US Army language qualified.
German US Army language qualified. Now a little rusty.
French 3 years of high school French.

Fields of Expertise

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