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Expertise Description

I have more than three decades experience as a practicing safety engineer. My practice scope includes construction, general industry, transportation, and heavy trucking. I specialize in safety and hazardous materials management in the building trades induding safe material handling (forklift) operations. I provide safety consulting and training to government agencies and private firms. Approximately 50% of my practice scope involves occupational injury and fatality (industw), and remaining 50% involves heavy trucking, commercial fleet, and driver training and compliance. Typical construction cases Involve cranes, hot asphalt, roofing injury, falls from height, open holes and skyiights, crushing and struck-by, or caught-in injuries. I frequently review casework involving materiai handling (forklift), crane operations. trucking, excavation and trenching, and confined space entry. As a practicing emergency responder (government and private firms), I provide onsite rescue, consultation, training and recommendations per the standard of care for technical rescue. I previously served as a Journeyman Union Carpenter, a Construction Teamster, and equipment and crane operator. I have over 10 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony as a safety engineering expert witness in California, Utah, Nevada, and Louisiana for numerous clients.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes over 16 cases completed in the last four years of consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony as a workplace safety expert witness in California, Utah, Nevada and Louisiana for numerous clients.
Fluent in Spanish and English, Dual Citizenship (US-Canada)


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes: bridge, highway, and roofing construction safety engineer – onsite safety support and inspection of commercial/residential construction, roofing installation, heavy highway, hot asphalt paving, and major pipeline and excavation contractors. Emphasis on worker safety; toxic exposure, architectural precast concrete, heavy civil, roofing, waterproofing, installation safety, training, and planning.

Safety Engineer – safe work oversight at construction, demolition, pharmaceutical, food service, industrial plants, biotech laboratories, and manufacturing; investigation of fatal and serious work injury involving construction sites, industrial plants, petroleum drilling, cargo tank motor vehicles, manufacturing; safety compliance related to fall prevention, confined space, hazardous materials, truck and mobile crane operations including rigging; forklifts, and aerial-lift use.

Utilities Safety Engineer– safety inspection during pipeline construction, atmospheric testing, confined space entry; accident investigation, and the standard of care for safety and health.
Commercial Fleet Safety and Training – evaluation of commercial motor fleet safety, management, training, new hire orientation, hours of service, driver fitness, substance control, distracted driver, substance control, DOT compliance, etc.

Emergency Response and Technical Rescue – evaluation of emergency responders and teams, explosions and damage cases, confined space rescue, high-angle rope operations, technical rescue standard of care, pipeline and tunnel rescue, maritime rescue.

Articles submitted by expert:

Unrecognized Confined Space Hazards


Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes working at a private consulting firm specializing in the technical aspects of occupational health and safety.


Relevant Experiences

I'm a safety professional with three decades of experience in heavy civil construction, paving & grading, and projects using or involving drill rigs, cranes, pile drivers, and heavy equipment. In addition to my safety career, I also served as a Journeyman Union Carpenter and equipment operator. In the heavy civil construction trade, I was an operator and understand first hand the critical responsibilities related to proximity safety for heavy equipment operation to protect other workers and myself. It includes the hazards of blind zones, proper safe distancing, appropriate work apparel, drill zone barricading and perimeter safety, PPE, injury prevention, and tool specific hazard awareness.

In addition to my current (occupational safety and health) career, I also served in the construction aggregate, concrete, hot asphalt, and transport industry for over 25 years (Construction Teamster). The following list reflects noted NorCal quarries and batch plants frequented during my scope of operations (1982-2003):
• Granite Aggregates and Quarries (Bradshaw, Felton AC, Hwy 175 AC, Handley Ranch, Salinas)
• Granite Rock Quarries (A.R. Wilson Aromas, Quail Hollow Felton, Construction Materials Watsonville)
• Teichert Aggregates (Perkins, Grantline)


Education

DegreeSubjectInstitution
Graduate Certificate Occupational Safety Management University of California
B.Sc. Occupational Safety and Health Columbia Southern University

Licenses Certifications

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
Certified Environmental Health and Safety Trainer (CET)
Certified Hazardous Matenals Manager (CHMM)
Construcüon Health and Safety Technologist (CHST)

Awards & Affiliation

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)



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