What do you do at NDSC?
I am a trainer and consultant for the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC). Before coming to work for the NDSC, I spent 20 years with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) and then the Assistant Area Director for the Bismarck Area Office. During my 20 years with OSHA conducting and reviewing investigations and inspections, my primary focus areas were in general industry manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas activities. Before coming to work for OSHA, I spent over eight years in private industry working on safety in manufacturing environments, from coordinator through corporate manager with responsibility for multiple manufacturing plants nationally and internationally. I have a Master of Science in Industrial Management from the College of Engineering at South Dakota State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania.
Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you?
I’ve investigated hundreds of accidents and deaths and almost all of them were preventable. The ultimate root cause was a failure of the process, a failure of training, or a failure of supervision. My goal is to give back to the industry those tools needed to prevent another investigator or safety professional from having to tell a family member those heart wrenching words, “I’m sorry for your loss”.
What are your hobbies?
Camping, fishing, hunting, and learning patience by trying to fix small engines (but it usually doesn’t work).
Name one really interesting thing about yourself.
I’ve spent over 31 years in the Army and Army Reserve, including participating (boots on the ground) in two full military invasions: Liberation of Kuwait and Iraq Freedom. I was on the OSHA national or regional response teams for the World Trade Center attack, Hurricane Katrina and Minot flood.
What other talents do you have?
I de-stress by playing bagpipes. I’m occasionally confused with a long lost relative of Teddy Roosevelt, or so I’ve been told.
What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
Too many to count.
What animal most closely matches your personality?
I’ve been told a cross between a wolf and a grizzly bear. I assume it’s because I’m cuddly.