Construction Site Safety Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Heavy Equipment Operator Engineer Backhoe, Heavy Equipment Operator Loader, Heavy Equipment Operator Sub Grader, Heavy Equipment Operator Roller, Heavy Equipment Operator Grader, Heavy Equipment Operator Concrete Saw, MIOSHA Field Safety Inspector, Tunnel Inspector, Asbestos Worker, Certified Safety Inspector, Certified Professional Constructor Construction Site Safety, Construction Supervisor, Concrete, Sewer, Crane, Construction Site Safety,


1977 – 1992
MIOSHA Construction Safety Inspector

1959 – 1976
Varied types construction projects and trades worked


Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from Michigan State University:

One year in Mining Engineering at Michigan Technological University.

Certified Safety Professional, (CSP), May, 1993

Excavation Competent Person Training, January, 1993

OSHA 500 Train the trainer course, February, 1994

Certified Professional Constructor, CPC, April, 1998


American Society of Safety Engineers

American Institute of Constructors

Professional Biographical Summary

From January, 1977 through March of 1992 Expert was a Construction Safety Inspector with the Michigan Department of Labor, Construction Safety Division.  MIOSHA was unique among the States in having Construction Safety as a separate division.  Those in a division did only construction site safety enforcement.

The safety Officers do many types of inspections.  The inspections range from scheduled inspection to fatal accident investigations.  On any inspection or investigation, the safety officer will determine if the MIOSHA Standards were violated.  In doing this work it was necessary to interview witnesses, make measurements, take photographs, obtain any other pertinent agency reports, make scale drawings and possibly obtain evidence, such as soil samples.  From all the above information, reports would be written. If appropriate; violations would be alleged.

During his fifteen year tenure, He investigated twenty-eight fatal accidents and innumerable injury cases at construction sites.

Approximately one third of the fatal accidents were electrocutions.  The voltages involved ranged from 110 to three hundred forty-five thousand.

Other types of fatal accident investigations were vehicle back overs, vehicles striking workers in road construction zones, gas line explosion, excavation cave in, a power actuated tool, working to shorten a crane boom.  The non-fatal injury cases ran the gamut of construction trades and site scenarios.

The few contested cases Expert had, he would appear at the informal hearing.  In the three cases he had that went to the formal appeal process, he appeared before the Administrative Law Judge.

While with MIOSHA he was subpoenaed to give depositions several times.  Appeared in court once on a case where both plaintiff and one of the defendants had subpoenaed him.

During Expert tenure as a MIOSHA safety inspector he inspected many different types of jobs.  Included were nuclear power plants, both while under construction and during outages, apartments, electric distribution lines, marinas, continuous pour silos, inspected many paving jobs, both asphalt and concrete, demolition, roofing, mill wright work, structural steel erection and pressurized tunnels.  To be qualified to do the latter, it was necessary to pass a rigid physical exam.  He has worked tunnels from four and one half feet to seventeen feet in diameter and in length from three hundred feet to three miles. He never worked as an asbestos worker, but has been through the four day initial training and the eight hour annual update.

Prior to going to work for MIOSHA Expert had many years of varied construction experience.  Over the years, from 1948 on, Worked at various times as a supervisor, carpenter, rod buster, operating engineer, roofer, dry waller, cement finisher, concrete paving, pipe layer and laborer.  The types of jobs included highway work, sewer jobs, waste water treatment plants, schools, commercial buildings and an electric power plant.

For a year, spanning 1963 and 1964, Expert was with the Alaska Highway Department as a technician.  That work consisted of being part of a survey crew, gravel plant inspector, earth moving, bridge construction and pile driving.

Long before working for MIOSHA he had an interest in workplace behavior and motivation. That interest was heightened by the accident investigations he did while with MIOSHA.  It’s easy after an accident to question the victim’s wisdom in doing something that was a factor in their death or injury.  From his experience in construction work and behavior interest has usually been able to answer any behavior questions that were in my mind.

Since taking early retirement in March of 1992, from the Construction Safety Division of the Michigan Department of Labor, Expert has done consulting,  expert witness work and been the onsite safety person for construction companies.

The consulting has consisted of writing safety programs for several construction companies.  In addition, Expert has done training programs ranging from one to thirty hours in length.

Noteworthy Professional Accomplishments

In October of 1992 Expert passed the Associate Safety Professional Exam and in May of 1993, passed the Certified Safety Professional Exam.  Each of these designations is given by the board of Certified Safety Professionals in Savoy, IL and requires education and or experience in safety.  Each exam consists of approximately 250 questions and seven hours are allowed to complete each exam. The exams are very comprehensive and seemingly cover every Government regulation relating to safety.  Also included are engineering and management questions.

In September, 1992, Expert attended the St. Paul Insurance Company seminar “Controlling Insurance Costs in the 90’s”.

In January, 1993, He took the OSHA Excavation Competent Person Training.  This training deals with excavations, recognizing and classifying types of soils.  Determining the soil type is useful to determine the proper protection necessary for workers in trenches and excavations.

In February, 1994, Expert gave a two hour lecture to senior students in Construction Management at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

In the same month he took and completed the OSHA 500 course at the Red Rocks Community college in Lakewood Colorado.  This course is to train trainers.  So, now he can train students and issue completion cards for the ten hour or thirty hour construction safety courses.

Since completing the OSHA 500 course Expert has taught the thirty hour class to twenty Juniors and Seniors in the Construction Management Program at Western Michigan University and several other groups.

For several years, was a speaker on Contractor Safety at West Michigan Safety and Health Exposition in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This was sponsored by the Safety Council for West Michigan.

On March 8th and 9th, 1996, I was test question reviewer and writer for the Constructor Certification Examination to be given by The American Institute of Constructors.  AIC’s headquarters are in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) certification.

On June 12, 1996, took the eight hour Scaffold “competent Person” training given by the Scaffold Training Institute of Houston, Texas.  The course was given in Romulus, Michigan.

On August 13, 1996, took a Job Hazard Analysis course in Grand Rapids, Michigan given by Key Productivity Center; a division of American Management Association.

On December 12, 1996, took fork lift training at Kalamazoo Valley Community College; co-sponsored by MIOSHA.

Expert periodically teach safety classes to employees of construction company employers.

MBA from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  March of 1975.

In March of 1958, received a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis on Production Management.

First year of college was spent at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.  Expert intent was to major in Mining Engineering.

January and February, 1997, taught a twelve hour basic safety course to 20 electricians, who’s employers are members of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC).

Attended Chicago Land Construction Safety Conference February 18-20, 1997.

Attended an eight hour seminar on “Accident Prevention Programs for Small to Mid-size Contractors”.

Attended a number of construction related seminars.

May, 1998, became a member of the American Institute of Constructors, Rosalyn, Virginia.

April, 1998, became a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) by AIC Constructor Certification Commission.

May 17 – 19, 1999, took the OSHA 502 update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers.

August, 2000 – ASSE alternate representative on ANSI A-10 Committee.

February, 2001, Attended Traffic Control Technician class conducted by (ATSSA) American Traffic Safety Services Association.

February 15 & 16, 2001 – Attended Construction Crane Safety at University of  Wisconsin, Madison.

February 27 & 28, 2001 – Fall Protection Competent Person and Rescue From Heights Training given by Eastern Michigan University Center For Organizational Risk Reduction.

December 6, 2001 – Dupont’s Safety Training Observation Program (STOP) for supervision

November 26, 2002 – Completed the fourteen modules of Safe-2-Work

May 6 – 8, 2003 – OSHA 502 update course – construction.

July 24 – 26, 2007 – OSHA 502 update course – construction

Affiliated Referral Agencies:

Defense Research Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Expert Resources, Inc. Of Peoria Heights, Illinois

Short Term Construction Jobs:

American Axle in Detroit/Hamtramack
Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan
General Motors Plant in Janesville, Wisconsin
General Motors plant in Arlington, Texas

General Motors plant in Mansfield, Ohio
General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan

Ford Field (Lions Football Stadium) Detroit, Michigan

Electric Generating Plant in Covert, Michigan

AAI (Mazda/Ford joint venture) Flat Rock, Michigan (three times at this site).

At Tornado damaged General Motors plant in Oklahoma City
Hamtramck, Michigan, General Motors Plant

General Motors Transmission Plant in Ypsilanti, MI

Daimler Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, IL

GM Power Train, Warren, MI

Daimler Chrysler Jeep Plant, Toledo, OH

Ford Truck Plant, Wayne, MI

General Motors Transmission Plant in Ypsilanti, MI

Skanska USA in Belvue, Washington

Ford Metal Stamping Plant, Woodhaven, MI

Auto Alliance Plant, Flatrock, MI

British Petroleum, Toledo, OH