Public Utility Gas Pipline Safety Expert 96535 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 50 years experience in safety and civil engineering, concentrating on public utilities, occupational safety and health (O.S.H.A.), and transportation engineering. My public utilities expertise includes: gas pipelines (construction, inspections, maintenance, repair, testing operating pressures); gas pipeline accidents (ignition / explosions); and power lines (overhead / underground). OSHA expertise includes: equipment inspections (ladders, ramps, scaffolds, scissor lifts, stairways, work platforms); safety procedures (concrete pumping, confined space entry into manholes / pipelines / tanks, construction / demolitions, electrical equipment, excavations, flammable materials storage, forklifts, personal protective equipment, roofing, traffic control); site inspections (construction / demolitions, drilling sites, industrial, loading docks, machine shops, refineries, vehicle repair shops, warehouses); and work accidents (cave-ins, construction, falls, industrial, materials handling, power lines, refineries, warehouses). My transportation expertise includes: bridges / bridge inspections; bridge / highway design; and environmental planning. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes: Bridge and Highway Engineer – bridge construction, supervising, providing engineering support and inspecting construction of concrete and steel bridges, including the safety of construction workers and the interfacing project; bridge and highway design and planning; environmental planning; Safety Engineer – safe work practices at construction and demolition sites, industrial plants, machine shops, petroleum drilling sites, warehouses; investigation of fatal and serious work accidents involving construction sites, industrial plants, petroleum refineries, warehouses, etc.; safety procedures to be implemented in the use of mobile cranes in the vicinity of overhead energized high voltage electoral lines; Utilities Engineer & Safety Engineer – inspection of gas pipeline construction, concrete inspections, testing, operating, pressures, maintenance and repair; investigation of accidents involving explosions and damage; evaluation of vehicle traffic control measures.

Relevant Experiences

I have over 41 years of expertise in the safe operation of forklifts as a Cal-OSHA compliance safety engineer (1974 to 1979) and as a safety expert (1979 to the present).
I have qualified in California Superior Court as an expert in the safe use of forklifts.
I also taught forklift safety as part of semester courses in Accident Prevention at a City College for 12 years.
I have been licensed as a Professional Safety Engineer with the State, and my license is current.
I have expertise in the operation forklifts in retail stores (such as Home Depot).


B.S.Civil EngineeringSan Jose State University
M.S.Safety and Systems ManagementUniversity of Southern California

Licenses Certifications

Licensed Professional Safety Engineer
Registered Professional Civil Engineer in California
Registered Professional Safety Engineer in California

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Safety Engineers

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases