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Expertise Description

I have more than 40 years of experience in Construction and Construction Safety with expertise in new construction, demolition, and renovation work for owners, construction managers, general contractors, and steel fabricators, including companies of regional, national, and international stature. I have worked on airports, bridges, casinos, convention centers, convocation centers, distribution centers, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, paper mills, pharmaceutical plants, power plants, prisons, refineries, schools, stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, steel mills, and warehouses. I have experience in jobsite death, change order and claims preparation, the use of slips and falls protection systems and PPE, plus the use of hoisting equipment such as crawler cranes, truck cranes, carry-deck cranes, tower cranes, guy derricks, stiffleg derricks, Chicago booms, gin poles, monkey poles, winch poles, roustabouts, hoisting engines, overhead cranes, and forklifts. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

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Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes wrongful death involving steel erection, precast erection, and fall protection; wrongful injury involving tilt-wall panel erection, cranes, rigging, and adequacy of training; claims case involving steel erection cost, schedule, and project delays; and wrongful death involving fall from elevation and adequacy of training. 


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes pre-construction reviews of safety plan and construction plan for high-rise office building; and the reviews of the safety plan, crane locations, and downtown street closures for complex steel erection project on top of a multi-story building. 


Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes being a Construction Expert, Safety Consultant, and Arbitrator. 


Relevant Experiences

My 40 years of construction and safety experience include 17 years of union construction and 23 years of open-shop construction, with oversight of work on more than 350 projects in 21 states and territories of the United States including new construction, maintenance, renovation, and demolition work.  Project types have included steel erection and precast erection for airports, bridges, casinos, convention centers, convocation centers, distribution centers, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, paper mills, pharmaceutical plants, power plants, prisons, refineries, schools, shopping malls, sports arenas, steel mills, stores, and warehouses. 
 
My expert specialties include occupational health & safety management systems, standards of care, wrongful death, personal injury, negligence, construction, safety, falls from elevation, fall protection, high-rise construction, OSHA matters, and steel erection.

My 40 years of construction experience include 17 years of union construction and 23 years of open-shop construction. Over a twenty-year period, I was in charge of the occupational health & safety management system of a specialty contractor; my responsibilities during that time period included creation, implementation, operation, monitoring, and evaluation of safety programs and policies, plus tracking and investigation of construction accidents, including crane accidents, fatalities, injuries, and property damage.

My expert specialties include occupational health & safety management systems, standards of care, wrongful death, personal injury, negligence, construction, safety, fall protection, high-rise construction, OSHA matters, and steel erection. Our steel erection work included the use of cranes and heavy rigging on almost a daily basis. During my tenure, my company erected 21 buildings of from 35 to 75 stories in height including much of the skyline of downtown Houston, Texas and other high-rise buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida, so I am familiar with crane operations in highly constrained, “downtown” locations.

Relative to standards of care, I have served on several national and local committees, including consensus standards committees. I have also observed the policies, programs, procedures, standard practices, and best practices of more than 80 general contractors. My project management and oversight has included new construction, maintenance, renovation, and demolition work.

As an expert in OSHA matters, I teach the OSHA class through a university and have taught several classes covering 1926 Subpart CC – Cranes & Derricks in Construction through the Associated General Contractors of America. I’ve taught in-house classes covering crane and rigging safety.


Education

DegreeSubjectInstitution
BSCivil EngineeringSouthern Methodist University

Licenses Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer
State of Texas
Certified Safety Professional
BCSP

Awards & Affiliation

American Arbitration Association (AAA) u2013 Construction Panel
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) u2013 A10.13 Steel Erection Safety Committee
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Welding Society (AWS)
Associated General Contractors (AGC)

Primary Affiliation

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)


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