Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Construction Safety Engineer, Hazardous Materials Management, Emergency Response, Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

ID: 735824 California, USA

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Board Certified Safety Engineer, certified safety professional with 30+ years experience. Expert is principal consulting safety engineer for a construction, materials handling, and heavy trucking safety group. As an author, instructor, and presenter, Expert also conducts post incident investigation, safety analysis, inspections of projects, worksites, and property for safety, accommodation, and accessibility (ADA Title III), in accord with federal and state regulations, and the standard of care. Since 1995, Expert has served as a practicing safety professional, having the education, board-certification, and hands-on technical expertise in Heavy Industry, Trucking, and Construction trades. As a testifying safety expert, he serves Plaintiff and Defense cases (40/60).

Construction project experience: Heavy civil, vertical office towers, commercial parking structures, residential, public works, educational facilities, and high-tech building projects. Expert has conducted onsite safety and ADA inspections and/or investigated more than 5,000 properties in the State of California. As a certified safety professional (CSP), Expert has worked daily in conjunction with Civil Engineers, Project Managers, Architects, General Contractors, licensed Geotechnical and Structural Engineers, Materials Science Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, and Building Inspectors.
Heavy trucking experience: Tractor/trailer, fleet safety, management, flatbed operations, extralegal transport, truck and trailer, tank vehicles, hazardous materials, load securement, driver training, fitness for duty, and DOT/ OSHA compliance.

SME consulting assignments including post incident, investigation and analysis, inspections of projects and property for compliance with safety and health regulations, drafting technical analysis and SME reports.
Expert has served in consulting operations since 1999, as a senior EHS advisor responsible for client safety and health training in general industry, transportation, logistics, and heavy construction workplaces.
Expert has wide experience in safety and health of project workplaces including EHS audits of manufacturing operations, public works projects, educational and high-tech facilities, heavy civil construction, logistics and transportation, and maritime intermodal containerized cargo.

Expert has trained thousands of industrial and construction workers on mandatory Cal/OSHA courses. As a Federal OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer, O’Connell provided OSHA 10-30-hour training, and specialty Construction safety courses in English and Spanish. Secondary duties for Expert include Emergency Services Division Lead (CSRS); as Federal-State certified emergency responder with confined space rescue and hazmat specialist credentialing per California State Fire Marshal, Cal-OES, ProBoard, FEMA.

Certified Safety-Hazmat Professional serving the comprehensive practice of occupational safety and health, responsible for directing a team of key safety professionals and onsite emergency responders since 1999. Additional management duties for technical rescue and hazmat, onsite practical experience in emergency response, rope access, confined space, high-angle rescue, and hazardous materials response. Company officer responsible for development, planning, implementation of cutting-edge solutions for technical rescue, occupational safety & health, and emergency response.

 Tactical Life Saver Course, BAUSI, TacMed Services, LLC
 Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT), Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Washington, DC
 FEMA Instructor Trainer, (ITC), Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Anniston, Alabama
 Clandestine Laboratory Safety Certification, California Department of Justice, Rancho Cordova, CA
 Confined Space Rescue Technician, Cal-EMA, California State Fire Marshal
 California Certified Hazardous Materials Reference Specialist, per Cal‐EMA, CSTI
 California Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Cal‐EMA, CSTI
 ProBoard Hazmat Assistant Safety Officer (ASO), per Cal‐EMA, CSTI
 Certified Safety Representative Seminar, Cal/OSHA Mining and Tunneling Unit
 Certified Gas Tester Seminar, Seminar, Cal/OSHA Mining and Tunneling Unit
 California Licensed Security Guard, (BSIS)
 Federal OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer, (Spanish language), UC Training Center San Diego, CA
 Certified Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)
 Certified Flagger Instructor (CFI), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)
 Certified Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Instructor, UBC, Ives

ADA Accessibility, Title III Inspections, ADA Compliance


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: Bachelor Science Subject: Occupational Safety & Health Institution: Columbia Southern University
Year: 2003 Degree: Graduate Certificate Subject: Safety Management Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Safety Engineer Department:
EHS Consultant specializing in workplace safety and health for transportation, general industry and heavy civil construction. Practiced in hazard identification, loss prevention, safety management, accident investigation, and OSHA-FMCSA instruction and worker training.

 Provide safety consultation and support services in the area of equipment safety management, commercial transportation, heavy trucking, warehouse,
loading docks, intermodal freight, powered industrial trucks, material handling equipment operations, and associated personnel training
 Provide investigation and analysis of heavy equipment accidents in civil construction, safety analysis of public works projects, chemical inventory audits for
high-tech industrial facilities.
 Deliver professional development sessions regarding confined space safety and technical rescue
 Presenter to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) safety conference and expo on tank truck confined space safety.
 Safety Requirements for Entering Confined Spaces, Accreditation Standard Committee (since 2007). This committee develops the design and operational safety criteria which are the basis for federal and state OSHA regulations.
 Confined Space Safe Work Practices Accreditation Standard Committee, overseeing the development of published safety codes and standards for confined space safety.
 Confined Space Rescue Technician per Cal-EMA, California State Fire Marshal
 Hazardous Materials Technician per Cal-EMA, California State Fire Marshal
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Emergency Response Division Administrator Department:
Chief Administrator for a team of technical rescue specialists, and emergency medical technicians.
Duties: personnel recruitment-management, administration of emergency medical and technical rescue equipment, OSHA documentation.
Clients: government agencies, contractors, manufacturing operations, universities, public works, and maritime operations.
Scope: confined space rescue (standby), high‐angle rope access, emergency medical support, hazardous materials response.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: Walters & Wolf Precast Title: Safety Manager (Superintendent of Safety) Department: Architectural Precast Concrete Division
Prime Responsibilities: As a member of the Carpenters Union, Expert served as Superintendent of Safety for the largest (North American) architectural precast concrete manufacturing company. Expert was responsible for EH&S program development, bilingual safety training, site inspections, safety meetings, weekly tailgates, site specific safety plans, hazard assessments, fire and life safety code audits, environmental auditing (air & water sampling), as interagency liaison (OSHA, EPA, BAAQMD). Responsible for proactive safety engineering (site specific), industrial hygiene, confined space, lockout tagout, PPE, and new hire orientation.
 Developed the all-inclusive company safety program (EH&S) including department specific training (bilingual programs) and onsite safety inspections for
mobile equipment as mandated by federal, state, local, and industry safety regulations. Special focus on proactive safety for sandblasting and
hydropressure cleaning operations/equipment, mobile & overhead cranes, aerial work platforms, commercial vehicles, heavy equipment, ATV’s, PITs, fall protection, technical rescue equipment, hazmat, overhead hoisting and rigging gear (safety conformity).
 Managed department compliance with operational inspections for the following company material handling equipment (MHE) and rigging:
--Marine Gantry Cranes
-- Overhead Bridge Cranes
-- Carry Deck Crane
- - Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT)
-- ATVs ( Expert Deere) 6x6
-- Aerial Work Platforms (AWP)
-- Scan Climbers
-- Cat 950 M Loaders
-- Expert Deere Skip Loader
-- Semi-Trucks & Trailers
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1999 to 2000 Employer: Nielson Dillingham Builders Title: Construction Safety Inspector Department: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
Prime Responsibilities: Coordinate daily safety huddle for all construction trades, administer the DuPont Stop Program, ensure compliance with LLNL safety and Federal OSHA regulations, oversee incoming contractor site specific safety plans, conduct safety and environmental inspections of active work zones. Specialists and trades included carpenters, HVAC-steamfitters, plumbers, roofers, electricians, and materials handling operators (aerial lift, forklift, manlift).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)
National Safety Management Society (NSMS)
United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
California State Firefighters Association (CSFA)
National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard)
Licenses / Certifications
CSP Certified Safety Professional, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
CHMM Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Institute of Hazardous Materials Management
CIT Certified Instructional Trainer, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
CHST Construction Health and Safety Technologist, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
CHCM Certified Hazard Control Manager, International Board of Safety Managers
REA California Registered Environmental Assessor
California Licensed Commercial Driver (CDL‐Class A), hazmat, tank vehicle, multi trailer (current)
California Licensed Security Guard, (BSIS) (current)
Professional Appointments
Member ANSI/ASSE Z15 Vehicle Safety, accreditation standard committee
Member American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Transportation Practice Specialty
Member ANSI/ASSE Z117 Confined Space Safety, accreditation standard committee
Member NFPA 350 Confined Space Safe Work Practices standard committee
Member NFPA 241 Construction and Demolition safety standard committee
Member Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Fremont Fire Department
Member FEMA Pre-positioned Equipment Program (PEP), commercial transport, CBRNE support, all hazard events
Member Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Coastal Region II, hazardous materials consultant
Publications and Patents Summary
Peer Reviewed Publications: 33
Presentations/Webinars: 8

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Federal Litigation: 7 cases
Civil Court: 45 cases

Civil Cases (Designated SME):
Premises Liability (Serious Injury)
Hot Asphalt Paving (HMA), Batch Plant Operations
Big Truck v. Auto based Injury
Hazardous Materials / Explosion based Injury
Material Handling Equipment (MHE) / Cranes / Forklift
Maritime Intermodal Containerized Cargo / PIT Operations
FMCSA-OSHA Regulations / Safety Standards of Care
Civil Construction / Heavy Highway / Bridge
Earth Moving Equipment / Cranes / Critical Lifts
Semi-Tractor Trailer / Logistics / Warehouse-Loading Docks
Confined Space / Technical Rescue Operations
Slips, Trips and Falls / Work at Height / Elevated Work Platform
Tank Trucks / Hazmat / Lowboy / Extra Legal Loads
Training / Seminars
United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC-CITF), CTCNC
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Anniston, AL
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Washington, DC
Texas A&M Engineering, National ER Training Center
LSU National Center for Biomedical Research & Training
California Specialized Training Institute – CSTI / Cal EMA
American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Proficient

Fields of Expertise

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