Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional, Accident Investigation Expert Resume
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  • Automotive
  • Industrial Safety
  • Construction Safety
  • Legal
  • Military

BAA, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant University, MI

Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional, Accident Investigation Expert Resume

This consultant has investigated hundreds of industrial accidents during his 30 plus years with General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. In addition to the automotive “Big Three”, he was the safety director at a sheet metal stamping plant and was the corporate safety director for an automotive supplier. In this capacity, he was responsible for safety in 14 plants, covering a span of seven (7) states. During his tenure he has been responsible for safety in stamping, assembly (automotive and drive train), machining, plastic (SMC, blow molding, and extrusion molding) plants. Additionally, our expert has over 15 years’ experience in machine design to incorporate OSHA and corporate safety standards. He has been involved from equipment conception through completion of the build stage. This included print review and equipment review at predetermined build stages. Equipment complexity has ranged from small single station presses, welders, assembly stations, etc., to multi-station machining, welding, and assembly lines. Complex lines have included multiple robots stations, vertical and horizontal gantries, and transfer lines. Several incorporated employee safety processes included simple guarding, electrical interlocks, light screens, and pressure sensing devices.

This lead consultant has extensive knowledge of industrial and construction safety, and is very competent in his knowledge of OSHA standards. For a number of years he was active with the Michigan OSHA standards committee. His career spans both employee and equipment safety related issues. Several examples of the types of accidents he has investigated include: guarding, powered industrial vehicle; fork truck; personnel cart; tug; dolly trains; lock out-tag out; electrical; arc flash related; limit (safety) switch failure; equipment malfunction; equipment design; improper equipment cycling; conveyors (overhead and floor level); hand tools; grinding operations; crane operations (bridge, wheeled, and tractor) roll over; load imbalance; operator/load mishaps; pile driver; slip and fall (inside and outside, parking lot- weather related); railroad crossing; switcher truck; pedestrian; loading dock; overhead door; chemical burns; ergonomic related injuries; and employee/operator failure to comply with standards, training, and instruction. Along similar lines, our consultant has been involved in construction safety related to the use of, but not limited to: bulldozers, excavators, screeds, dump trucks, cement trucks, and scaffolding, aerial lifts, and all-terrain vehicles. This expert has written several technical manuals for the United States Air Force Civil Engineering School outlining course materials for teaching the proper use and set up of water purification units, building construction, heavy equipment use during runway repair, personal protection equipment, contingency operations, chemical warfare, and tent city construction. He also wrote and conducted many simulated attack scenarios.

Additionally, he compiled a training manual for basic ergonomics addressing injuries to the back, upper and lower torso, neck and shoulders, arms and wrists, legs, knees, and ankles. Using this manual, he taught multiple courses covering causes of ergonomic injuries, symptoms, and preventive actions to combat ergonomic injuries. This expert is experienced in contract writing, interpretation, and compliance gained while working in industry, construction, and the United States military. Also, our lead consultant has been involved in multiple facility audits reviewing areas such as OSHA standards, equipment safety, employee/operator compliance to instructions and rules, ergonomics, workers’ compensation documentation, and contract compliance. As a member of an audit team, he conducted several audits to QS-9000 criteria.

Moreover, this consultant has several years’ experience working with attorneys on litigated accident/injury cases, workers’ compensation claims, and insurance company claim reviews. He started assisting in litigation cases in 2005 and has assisted in both plaintiff and defense cases, including trial and deposition experience. Mr. Lauhoff’s extensive experience in working with individuals of all levels has proven to be invaluable in gaining the confidence of others, and has taught the importance of negotiations and open communications.

Finally, our expert is a retired United States Air Force officer who served as a pilot and civil engineering officer. While serving as a pilot, he flew missions in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and most of the continental United States, including Hawaii. As a civil engineering squadron commander he led teams to locations throughout Europe and the continental United States, as well as on humanitarian missions to Central America and the Caribbean. On these missions it was common for him to interface with the country’s Ambassador, or their Minister of the Interior.

Lead Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc. and another Consulting Firm

Providing expertise in safety engineering, accident investigation, accident reconstruction, industrial/construction accident consulting, expert witness testimony, and related expertise to a wide variety of clients.

 

Safety Engineer, Daimler-Chrysler

Corporate Level: Advise DaimlerChrysler manufacturing plants on safety issues. Provide assistance as requested. Ensure DaimlerChrysler manufacturing plants are operating in concurrence with corporate, federal, and state laws and regulations. Plant Level: Responsible for the safety of 2,500 hourly and salary employees. Supervise a staff of nine. Ensure compliance with governmental and corporate safety and environmental regulations. Interact with outside contractors to ensure new equipment meets all applicable standards. Monitor outside construction crews for compliance with governmental and corporate construction standards. Recommend changes when compliance is marginal. Develop training programs and direct their implementation. Negotiate safety grievances. Perform accident investigations.

 

Safety Engineer, Ford Motor Company

Responsible for the safety of 3,500 hourly and salary employees – Supervised a staff of five. Ensure compliance with governmental and corporate safety and environmental regulations. Interact with outside contractors to ensure new equipment was in compliance with all applicable standards. Monitor outside construction crews for compliance with governmental and corporate construction standards. Recommend changes when compliance was marginal. Developed training programs and directed their implementation. Negotiate safety grievances. Perform accident investigations.

 

Director, Aeroquip Automotive Group

Corporate Safety and Environment Affairs – Responsible for 14 plants in seven states. Dotted line supervisor for 14 safety supervisors. Supervised staff of three. Performed accident investigations. Ensured compliance with corporate and governmental regulations. Performed safety and environment audits. Applied for necessary environmental permits. Directed disposal of hazardous wastes. Developed training programs and taught same.

 

Safety Engineer, Hawthorne Metal Products

Ensured compliance with corporate and governmental regulations. Developed and implemented safety training programs. Performed environmental and safety audits. Supervised staff of two. Performed accident investigations. Applied for required environmental permits.

 

Production Supervisor and Safety Engineer, General Motors

Supervised up to 40 hourly employees. Die Design. CAD Instructor. Industrial Engineer. Work study analysis.

 

Civil Engineering Officer, United States Air Force Reserves

Supervised a staff of four officers, ultimately supervising 150 men. Commanded squadron on national and international missions. Responsible for all phases of construction safety and building techniques. Responsible for compliance with all environmental and safety regulations.

 

Pilot, United States Air Force

Aircraft commander on national and international flights. Supervised flight crew of 5. Flying safety officer. Training officer.

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