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 Expert  724664

Expert in Occupational Safety, Hazard Recognition/Abatement, Citation Resolution, OSHA


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Connecticut (CT)
USA
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Expert specializes in hazard recognition and abatement, site inspection, accident investigation, and citation resolution. As a self-employed safety consultant since 1992, Expert has performed a wealth of OSHA-type, “hands-on” comprehensive inspections and training sessions, with the emphasis on manufacturing and other “factory” facilities. He also consults for construction firms (especially roofers), retail stores, and other types of businesses.

Expert is often hired by attorneys to work as an expert witness. As such, he has testified more than 50 times (in court, by deposition, and at arbitration), and consulted on many other cases that did not require his testimony. Although Expert usually deals with occupational safety, he has worked on several non-occupational “fall down” cases. His consulting work is primarily in the northeast, but he has also conducted his business in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arizona, as well as in Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.

His areas of high knowledge include various types of safety hazards encountered in the workplace, with major concentrations including machine safeguarding and emergency egress. He is often called upon to explain OSHA policies and procedures, and how to prepare for and respond to OSHA inspections, complaints, and citations. Expert is eager to discuss the mitigation, control, and elimination of hazards, as well as other means to enhance employee protection, even where OSHA compliance may have been achieved. This “added value” includes means and methods (at times creative) of training and motivating employees.

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A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction Program

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accident investigation

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accident reduction

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construction safety equipment

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construction safety management

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contractor safety management

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eye safety

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federal safety regulation

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fire safety

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Hazard Communication Standard

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hazardous material handling

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industrial safety

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injury prevention

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inspector training

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machine safety

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machinery-related accident

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occupational safety

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Occupational Safety and Health Act

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard

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OSHA electrical regulation

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plant safety

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pre-startup safety review

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safety auditing

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safety code

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safety equipment

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safety management

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safety procedure

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safety standard

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citation resolution

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OSHA citations

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OSHA compliance

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OSHA voluntary protection program

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accident

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accident causation

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employee motivation

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employee protection

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employee safety

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expert witness

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fall protection

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industrial accident

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industrial accident investigation

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machine guard

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machine guarding

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machine press

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machine shop

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maintenance safety

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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personal injury investigation

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safety

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safety compliance

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safety device

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safety plan

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safety inspection

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workplace injury

Prior to founding his firm in 1992, he worked for USDOL/OSHA for 20 years, serving as a compliance safety and health officer (safety specialist category), supervisory safety specialist, and assistant area director, in Connecticut. He frequently served as acting area director, as well. While with OSHA, Expert conducted hundreds (and reviewed thousands) of “walkaround” compliance inspections, and successfully negotiated hundreds of settlement agreements with employers. He crafted dozens of inspection warrant applications, and secured the warrants from U. S. magistrates. Further, he investigated dozens of OSHA-related anti-discrimination cases. At the regional level, he evaluated VPP (Voluntary Protection Programs) applications.

Immediately prior to his employment with USDOL/OSHA, Expert was the Safety Director and Assistant Personnel Manager for Ross & Roberts Inc., a Stratford, Connecticut vinyl manufacturing plant. At the time, Ross & Roberts employed approximately 375 persons, with most of the employees being represented by the United Rubber Workers.

Expert served as an advisory panel member for Aspen Publishers, as well as for Business & Legal Reports. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (past chapter vice president), the Connecticut Safety Society (past program committee chairman), the National Safety Council, and the Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health.

Expert has taught occupational safety and health at the undergraduate level (U. of New Haven, Mitchell College, Housatonic Community College) and the graduate level (U. of New Haven). He has also been a faculty member of the National Business Institute, the Institute of Business Law, and the Council on Education in Management.

He has given approximately 300 presentations (as OSHA employee and as self-employed safety consultant) to schools, labor, corporations, management, associations, insurance groups, and miscellaneous organizations. One of these presentations was a very well attended National Safety Council Webinar. He has been interviewed on television, and quoted (aside from the publication of his articles) in Safety + Health magazine (several times), Occupational Hazards magazine (several times), a publication of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (extensively), Logistics Management, Catalog Age magazine, Forging magazine, and ADA Compliance Guide.

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testimony


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Often requested
with this expert:

Comprehensive Risk Management, Safety, OSHA Compliance,...
Workplace Safety, Product Safety, Mechanical Engineering,...
Personal Injury, Industrial/ Construction Safety,...
Occupational Safety and Health, Hazard Recognition/...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1970   BA   Sociology   Clark University  
1971   MS   Social Sciences   Southern CT State College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1992 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 

Owner, Safety Consultant

 

He conducts on-site inspections of work sites (for hazard recognition/abatement, OSHA compliance, employee protection), prepares reports, works with attorneys including as expert witness, helps enhance safety programs, and helps resolve citations.

1972 to 1992

 

USDOL/OSHA

 

Asst Area Director & Compliance Officer

 

He was a compliance officer (safety specialist) and Assistant Area Director- worked in Hartford and Bridgeport, CT offices. He conducted hundreds of enforcement inspections, assigned and reviewed thousands of enforcement inspections, and consummated hundreds of settlement agreements with employers.

1971 to 1972

 

Ross & Roberts

 

Safety Director

 

He helped to assure OSHA compliance and employee protection.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

He is a member of ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers), NSC (National Safety Council), Connecticut Safety Society, ConnectiCosh (Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health), and AAIB (American Association for the Improvement of Boxing). He is a former member of AFSE (Association of Federal Safety Employees).

Licenses/Certifications

He is a licensed professional boxing timekeeper, in the State of Connecticut.

Professional Appointments

He was Vice President of ASSE chapter and Program Director for Connecticut Safety Society. He has also served on an advisory panel for Business and Legal Reports.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has published over 300 articles and columns in various journals, newsletters and magazines. Specifically, he has published: -one hundred thirty-four (1/96-2/02) in Safety Compliance Letter (Bureau of Business Practice) -one hundred fifteen short Q&As (one per month, 7/06-1/16) in OSHA Up To Date (newsletter of National Safety Council) -fifty-four (3/02-12/06) in Safety Compliance Letter (Aspen Publishers) -thirty-one (2 in 5/94, 9/94, 1/95, 3 in 10/95, 4 in 2/97, 3 in 12/97, 8/98, 2 in 2/99, 4/99, 2 in 8/99, 8/06, 2 in 12/08, 12/09, 1/10, 9/11, 9/13, 12/13, 10/14, 11/14, 2/15) in Metal Treating Institute (MTI) newsletters; major contributor to MTI Employee Safety Manual -twelve (6/02, 8/02, 9/02, 5/03, 6/03, 9/03, 4/04, 8/04, 9/05,11/05, 7/06, 12/07) in Industrial Safety & Hygiene News -numerous short articles (2003) in three issues of Job Safety 21 (Business 21 Publishing employee newsletter) -five (5/94, 10/94, 12/12, 1/13, 3/14) in Industrial Heating magazine (main publication and/or its supplement) -four (11/94, 1/98, 11/99, 2/00) in CANPFA Line (newsletter of Connecticut Assoc of Not-For-Profit Providers for the Aging) -three (3/97, 12/99, 7/04) in Occupational Hazards magazine -three (6/93, 2/94, 5/98) in the newsletter of the Nutmeg Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers -three (10/98, 11/98, 8/00) in Maintenance Management (Bureau of Business Practice) -at least three (9/97, 2/98, 2/02) for the Council on Education in Management (in portion of course/seminar booklets) -at least three (6/95, 1/99, 8/02) for the National Business Institute (in portion of course/seminar booklets) -two lengthy special report booklets (2000) for Business & Legal Reports -two (5/93, 4/94) in News & Views (newsletter of the American Association of Industrial Management) -two (4/93, 5/93) in Human Resources (newsletter of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association) -two (6/97, 10/98) in Occupational Health & Safety magazine -two (1999) in Forging magazine -two (2/04, 12/06) in Sweeping (The Journal of Chimney and Venting Technology) -at least two (10/02, 2/03) in Seton Alerts for Safety on Seton.com web site -one (8/03) in The Chimney Sweep News -one (1996) Regulatory Update special supplement (Bureau of Business Practice) -one (1997) The Safety Manager's Pocket Resource Guide (Bureau of Business Practice) -one (10/01) in The Maintenance Journal (newsletter of the Industrial Maintenance Institute) -one (3/05) in Contractor Safety (a companion publication of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News) -one (12/06) in Thermal Pulse (an insert publication supplement in Industrial Heating magazine) -one (6/94) in Precision Cleaning magazine -one (3/96) for the Institute of Business Law (in portion of course/seminar booklet) -one (10/96) for The Connecticut Hospital Association Human Resource Forum (in portion of course/seminar booklet) -at least one in the newsletter of the Connecticut Safety Society

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - National Safety Council  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1972 to 1992   USDOL/OSHA   Direct Employee   He worked here for 20 years, serving as a compliance safety and health officer (safety specialist category), supervisory safety specialist, and assistant area director in Connecticut.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has conducted hundreds of physical (on the floor) inspections of factories, construction sites, retail, warehouses, and many other industries.
  • He has examined and enhanced safety programs/culture for many, many companies. Topic highlights include (but are not limited to): accident investigation, proper procedures/means re inspections for hazard recognition/abatement, safety committees, training, written programs, incentives, motivation, etc.
  • He has worked with dozens of attorneys (for plaintiffs and defendants) regarding occupational injuries, as well as injuries to members of the public. He has been deposed more than twenty-five times, and has also testified in court on many occasions.
  • He has assisted many companies in the resolution of OSHA citations, with excellent results regarding penalty reduction, lowering of citation classification, and deletion of alleged violations.
  • He has conducted hundreds of training sessions regarding numerous occupational safety topics.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Machine safety analysis.
  • EU safety expert for consulting on Machinery Guarding & Electrical System Safety.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has worked with several dozen attorneys. He has testified in court many times, and been deposed more than 50 times. While with OSHA, he wrote many warrants.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in OSHA for consulting on OSHA regulation issues.
  • OSHA expert witness for case involving person who fell off of a balcony.
  • OSHA expert for consulting on placement of material handler (dumpster).
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  • Lab safety expert for consulting on high school laboratory safety.
  • Expert in warehouse layout safety with respect to forklift traffic.
  • Expert in employer liability for consultation regarding safety of machine at the workplace, as opposed to the employer's parent corporation.
  • Expert for consulting on Construction safety.
  • Industrial safety expert, ct for consulting on FELA - Workplace safety.
  • Expert in ten point cross bow for consulting on the proper standards of care.
  • Expert in Canadain airworthiness requirements for litigation
  • Electrical engineering expert for consulting on a conveyor electrocution.
  • Expert in Need in OSHA/guards/product liability/design defects/industrial citrus machinery.
  • Hospital facilites management expert witness for consulting on hospital shower seat.
  • Expert in bulldozer operator procedures, safety, operation and etiquette for consulting on wrongful death matter.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2001 to 2001   Belgium   He inspected a very large consumer product factory, with the aim of employee protection, through hazard recognition/abatement.

2010 to 2010   Switzerland   He inspected a huge fixture (larger than a normal room), being built for a USA company, with the aim of employee protection and OSHA compliance, through hazard recognition/abatement.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has presented more than 300 training sessions, including to employers, unions, attorneys, colleges (including as undergraduate and graduate college instructor), associations, and so on. Topics have included (but were not limited to): common hazards (general industry, construction, retail, warehouses, hospitals, and other fields), safety programs/culture, and preparation for and response to OSHA inspections.

Expert has certificates for 38 courses and seminars.

He is also the sole lecturer in several videotapes.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has recommended experts in electrical, ergonomic and industrial hygiene; transportation; OSHA-specific legal; and other fields.

Other Skills and Services

He often recommends specific, creative, out-of-the-box approaches to problem-solving regarding hazard abatement and other issues impacting on employee protection.

To provide one specific example: In 2005, Expert attended a New York City Department of Buildings hearing, at which he presented oral and written comments. The subject of the hearing was the proposed promulgation of Reference Standard RS 6-1 and RS 6-1A, in relation to Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings. The purpose of RS 6-1 and RS 6-1A was to establish technical standards for the installation of photoluminescent building signs, in compliance with Local Law 26 of 2004. As a result of Expert's detailed comments, specific changes were made to the final version of this landmark standard.


 

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