Cranes, Forklifts, Earthmoving, and Heavy Equipment Experience

Early in my career, I was trained by an international heavy construction company to plan, inspect, and evaluate equipment operations involving cranes, rigging, earthmoving, trenching, demolition, site clearing, pile driving, and marine work.  Initially, I was involved with hydraulic cranes, boom trucks, conventional crawler cranes, and earthmoving equipment.  Then I worked with tower cranes, forklifts, multi-purpose lifting machines (hydraulic excavators, backhoes, loaders) and paving machines. 
I now have over thirty years of experience evaluating these types of operations and advising supervisors how to improve.  For ten years, I tested, evaluated, trained, and approved crane operators for a fleet of cranes and trained supervisors to use cranes and heavy equipment safely.  During that time, I produced a manual of rigging references and lifting capabilities for the company's fleet of cranes, boom trucks, forklifts, and hydraulic excavators.  The goal was to assist superintendents with lifting equipment selection, planning, set-up, and use.  Later in my career, I spent three years working with the Navy;
  • Evaluating the planning, condition, set-up, and operation of cranes, forklifts, and multi-purpose lifting machines on $1.5 billion of construction and demolition projects
  • Teaching contractors the US Army Corp of Engineers requirements for critical crane lift and rigging plans
  • Reviewing, approving, and training others to review complex crane lift and rigging plans
  • Investigating crane, forklift, multi-purpose lifting machine, and heavy equipment accidents
  • Presenting the facts, my findings, and key issues at Navy Mishap Review Boards


Demolition is an integral part of construction because you often have to remove an old structure to make way for the new.  My demolition experience includes highways, bridges, retaining walls, buildings, utility systems, elevated rapid transit track structures, rapid transit stations, and underground transit stations.  In some cases, demolition was performed on high level bridges and in complex situations over railroads, rapid transit systems, or fast moving waterways.  In other cases, the work involved marine structures such as drawbridges, trestles, and piers.  In some situations, entire buildings were demolished.  However, work also involved gutting complete floors of buildings and removing everything other than the steel and concrete structures.  That became complicated when it was done directly above or beside hospital operating rooms, intensive care units, and other vital health care system facilities.  Engineering surveys, shoring, shielding, and complex utility system evaluations were often required to protect workers, motorists, and the general public.
A wide range of tools are used for demolition.  They might be as simple as sledge hammers, chipping guns, 90 pound breakers, and concrete saws.  However, a large part of my work involved hydraulic excavators equipped with hydraulic hammers, shears, and munchers, to reach high structures, break the concrete, shear the steel structure, and munch concrete down to a re-useable size.  Cutting torches were often used for smaller steel and oxy-lances were used for large steel structures such as drawbridges. 
Demolition work often involved concrete crushing, screening, and stockpiling plants with conveyor belts to move large volumes of material in order to reuse it.

Excavation, Trenching, Underground Utilities, and Confined Space Entry

Excavation and trenching is a huge part of the construction industry.  My background includes mass excavation on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway that joined two navigable rivers and other large scale excavations for buildings, landfills, and subway stations.  I also have extensive experience in the construction of underground utility systems using excavators, directional drilling, cable plowing, trenchers, trench boxes, and shoring. 
For twenty years, I worked with underground utility installation crews to safely install water, storm water, sewer, conduits, and fiber optic cable systems.  This routinely involved working with local One Call systems to locate, mark, uncover, and protect underground utilities from damage.  Various methods such as hand digging, vacuum excavation, and induced signals were regularly used to locate underground utilities.  Work also involved extensive confined space entry into manholes and vaults and pressure testing pipelines to find leaks. 
During my career, I taught crews to comply with various state One Call and Miss Utility laws, perform confined space entry, and trench safely.  That involved soil testing and classification, sloping, benching, shoring, and using trench boxes.  To assist with operational planning for one company’s field crews, I produced a book of capabilities, dimensions, and depth ratings for the company’s inventory of trench boxes, manhole boxes, hydraulic shoring, and timber shoring. 
I also attended a state underground utility damage prevention board meeting where my presentation showed how relatively common conditions could make it practically impossible to comply with the exclusion of mechanized equipment from certain zones above and beside a utility. 
I have routinely served as a consultant to provide safe solutions to difficult excavation and trenching problems using the best practices promoted by Common Ground Alliance.

Fall Protection

Throughout my thirty year career, I have evaluated fall hazards and provided fall protection solutions using a variety of options.  These have ranged from portable and permanent handrails, warning lines, restraint systems, personal fall arrest systems, and a variety of anchorages with horizontal, vertical, retractable, and adjustable lifelines.  I was trained by Miller Fall Protection, who is a leading manufacturer of fall protection equipment.  For years, I provided fall protection training to contractor craftsmen, supervisors, and managers involved in a wide range of heavy construction projects.  The work often involved pre-cast concrete and steel erection, concrete formwork, roofs, floor decking, shoring, scaffolds, swing scaffolds, demolition, bridge decks, and drilled shafts.
Recently, I directed safety for a $1.5 billion construction program for the Navy.  There I regularly evaluated fall hazards and consulted with contractors to provide options to comply with the 100% fall protection requirement.

Highway Construction, Paving, and Traffic Control

I have extensive highway construction experience ranging from new highway construction projects to old highway widening and rehabilitation.  That involves tree felling, clearing, grubbing, bulk excavation, demolition, crushing, grading, compaction, underground utility systems, asphalt and concrete paving, pavement milling, pile driving, retaining walls, bridges, pre-cast concrete installation, steel erection, poured concrete placement, and traffic control.
My background in traffic control ranges from congested urban streets in major cities to rural roads, a large military installation, and high-speed interstate highways.  I have been trained at all three levels as a Traffic Control Technician, Traffic Control Supervisor, and Traffic Control Design Specialist by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).  After passing the written exam, I submitted documentation of my experience in traffic control to be professionally certified as a Traffic Control Design Specialist (TCDS certification # 38989).  Although many people claim to be “certified” in traffic control, many of them have only attended a basic training class.  I am trained at all three levels, experienced, and professionally certified to design and evaluate temporary traffic control involved in construction and demolition operations, roadway maintenance, utility work, temporary road closures, etc.
As a motorcyclist, I also know the risks of traveling through construction zones on two wheels and regularly confer with a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach who has been teaching motorcycle safety for ten years.

Other Operational Experience

Aerial Lifts - Boom Lifts and Scissors Lifts
Confined Space Entry and Rescue
Cranes and Multi-Purpose Lifting Machines
Critical crane lift planning and evaluation
Earthmoving Equipment
Backhoes, dozers, scrapers, graders, rollers, trenchers
Electrical Systems
Arc flash/Arc blast     Lock out/Tag out
Excavation and Trenching
Shielding, sloping and shoring
Underground utilities - water, sewage, electric
Fall Prevention and Protection
Fire Prevention, Detection, and Protection
Free rigging
Heavy Equipment
Marine - cranes, barges, pile driving, cofferdams
Paving - asphalt and concrete
Personal Protective Equipment
Pile Driving - timber, steel, concrete
Pipeline Instalation and Testing
Pre-cast Concrete Erection
Public/Pedestrian Safety
Scaffolds - swing, stationary, rolling
Steel Erection
Electric, pneumatic, hydraulic, gas, powder actuated
Traffic Control
Tree Removal and Site Clearing
Tunnels and Shafts
Rock and soft soil (Compressed air)
Underground Utility Systems
Welding and Cutting

Accident Prevention
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