Miles City SafetyFestMT 2020

Miles City SafetyFestMT

We are bringing Miles City to you! 

Registration is Closed.

Here are the classes that are currently scheduled:

  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
  • OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry
  • OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction 
  • OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards
  • 21 Steps to Reducing Your Work Comp Premium
  • ABC's of Experience Rating
  • Accountability
  • Conducting Ergonomic Assessments
  • COVID-19 Workplace Safety (Tentative)
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Exposure & Respiratory Safety
  • Forklift Safety
  • H2S Certification
  • HAZCOM (Tentative)
  • How Your Behavior Affects Your Risk Perception
  • How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  • Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana
  • Internal Safety Audits
  • MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees
  • MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training
  • MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting
  • OSHA Update
  • Preventing Distracted Driving
  • Public Sector Update
  • Radon & Asbestos in Montana
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Stay at Work Return to Work
  • Steps to Planning Retirement
  • Supervisory Leadership & Engagement 
  • Traffic Incident Management Response Training Program
  • Trenchbox Safety
  • Using a Safety Framework for Sustainable Improvement

There will be Continuing Education credits available for Claims Examiners and Water/Waste Water Operators.

Sponsors

Agenda

You can download a printable version of the agenda by selecting this link.

Monday 5/11


8am - 9am

Using a Safety Framework for Sustainable Improvement

9am - 12pm

OSHA 10-Hour Construction (This class will be at the same time each day through Thursday 5/14)

9am - 10am
ABC's of Experience Rating

10am - 11:30am
Stay at Work/Return to Work

10am - 11am
Steps to Planning Retirement

1pm - 2pm
Slips, Trips & Falls

2pm - 3pm
21 Steps to Reducing Work Comp

Tuesday 5/12

8am - 9am
COVID-19 Workplace Safety

8am - 10am
Employee Engagement
MSCA: Record Keeping & Reporting

8:30am - 12pm
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (This class will be held at the same time each day through Thursday 5/14)

10:30am - 12pm

Accountability
MSCA: New Employee Orientation & Annual Refresher Training

12:30pm - 2:30pm
MSCA: Accident Investigation & Safety Committees

2pm - 3pm
Forklift Safety

5:30pm - 7pm
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs

Wednesday 5/13

8am - 12pm
Hydrogen Sulfide Certification

9am - 11am
Preventing Distracted Driving

10:30am - 12pm
Public Sector Update

12:30pm - 2pm

Supervisory Leadership & Engagement
Trenchbox Safety

2pm - 3:30pm
OSHA Update
 

2pm - 3pm
Tool Safety Overview

5:30pm - 7pm
Independent Contractor Exemptions in Montana

Thursday 5/14

9am - 10am
Conducting Ergonomic Assessments

10:30am - 12pm
Employee Exposure & Respiratory Protection

HAZCOM

1pm - 5pm
Traffic Incident Management Response Program Training

2pm - 3:30pm
Internal Safety Audits

2pm - 3pm
How Your Behavior Impacts Your Risk Perception

Friday 6/19

8am - 5pm

OSHA 7215 Silica in Construction & General Industry

Thursday 6/25

8am - 5pm
OSHA 7410 Managing Excavation Hazards

Friday 6/26

8am - 5pm
OSHA 7405 Fall Protection in Construction

 

Class Descriptions

21 STEPS TO LOWER WORK COMP
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Safety is one of the strongest business management tools available. Focusing on safety means fewer injuries, leading to lower work comp cost. Former work comp agent Fred Miller explains 21 specific steps businesses can take to result in lower work comp premium
 
ABC’S OF EXPERIENCE RATING
Fred Miller, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
What is an Experience Rating Modification factor? How does it impact workers’ compensation premium? Why do some people have a high mod, and some have a low mod? How long does it last? Can it be controlled? These questions and more will be answered by former work comp agent Fred Miller as he explains the ABC’s of Experience Rating. 
 
ACCOUNTABILITY
Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
The word “Accountability” can have several meanings.  In many instances, most workers might view it as more negative than positive.  In this session, we will explore the true meaning of accountability and how it is used in the world of safety as it applies to workers, supervisors, and managers. 

 

Conducting Ergonomic Assessments
Jake Sandau, Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Cumulative trauma injuries are becoming one of the top workers' compensation claims that employers face. This presentation will discuss tips on how to conduct an initial ergonomic assessment for employees in the office. Note: this is for preventative ergonomic assessments and does not take the place of medical advice.

COVID-19 Workplace Safety
John Olaechea, OSHA Region 8 Education & Outreach
This class will go over OSHA Standards and guidelines for workplace safety during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Kirk Smith, Montana State Fund
What is employee engagement and how does it apply to safety?  We will discuss the keys of employee engagement and how it positively affects safety in your workplace. 

 

Employee Exposure and Respiratory Protection
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

This session is intended to provide knowledge on anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace exposures, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards. It will also provide guidance on various and diverse methods to protect employees from these exposures. Respirators protect the user in two basic ways. The first by removal of contaminants from the air and some supply clean respirable air from another source. 

 
FORKLIFT SAFETY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
There are more than 100 fatalities and nearly 100,000 injuries annually due to unsafe forklift operations.  This training covers general safety rules, pre-operational and operational inspections, controlling the forklift, load handling, turning radius, center of gravity, the stability triangle, safety procedures for refueling, charging and batteries, and the importance of maintenance
 
HAZCOM & GHS
Jason Venn, Victory Insurance
Participants in this class will learn about the identities and hazards of chemicals in the workplace. They will also learn how to classify chemicals and communicate hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Participants will also receive any updates to the OSHA standard.
 
HOW TO LOWER YOUR WORK COMP COSTS
Bryan Page, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Learn how to control your workers compensation cost. This class covers the cost drivers of workers’ compensation and how to control them.
 
HOW YOUR BEHAVIOR AFFECTS YOUR RISK PERCEPTION
Rob Sperle, Montana State Fund
Everyone perceives risk differently. This class is geared towards the employee and will give them an understanding of how their risky behavior affects not only their well-being, but the well-being of their coworkers as well. 

 

HYDROGEN SULFIDE CERTIFICATION
Larry Alheim, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday  8am – 12pm  Room 106
Hydrogen Sulfide Certification is designed as a safety awareness program to familiarize students with the dangers associated with working in an H2S environment. The class is appropriate for entry-level through supervisory level employees.  This class meets the ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2006 (R2010) Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Training Programs standard.
The course should be taken by employees needing to meet the requirements of OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200 which specifies mandatory requirements for the training of personnel working with or around hazardous chemicals.  It is also highly recommended and/or required for all employees who have the potential to be exposed to H2S or need their annual refresher training.

 

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR EXEMPTIONS IN MONTANA
Logan Jackson, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Independent Contractor Unit
Everything you wanted to know about Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate and Construction Contractor Registration but were afraid to ask.

 

INTERNAL SAFETY AUDITS
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This session is intended to provide knowledge of workplace hazards, according to OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards, and recommendation to eliminate them. It will provide guidance on how to conduct a thorough audit of your work environment as well as OSHA mandated safety and health programs.

 

MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS & SAFETY COMMITTEES
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This session will highlight the reporting, investigating, and taking corrective action on all work-related incidents as well as safety committee requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act for the public sector. This class will cover different topics and ideas for the required documentation to fulfill these elements. Additionally, attendees will participate in an accident investigation that will give them an idea on how to report, investigate, and take corrective actions of work related incidents.  
 
MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION & ANNUAL REFRESHER TRAINING
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This class details these three elements required under the Montana Safety Culture Act. Safety Compliance Specialists from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry will explain numerous options and ideas for completing the required trainings to fulfill the requirements of these elements. Additionally, the instructors will cover the employer documentation requirements. 
 
MONTANA SAFETY CULTURE ACT: RECORD KEEPING & REPORTING
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This session will highlight the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Montana Safety Culture Act with emphasis towards public sector employers. This will include when to record and report work related injuries and illnesses and how to complete the required forms.
 
OSHA 10-HOUR: CONSTRUCTION
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This training is designed to educate every construction worker on the recognition and avoidance of the top four hazards in your work environment. Topics include fall protection, personal protective equipment, health hazards, and more. It also includes an introduction to OSHA’s construction industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.
 
OSHA 10-HOUR: GENERAL INDUSTRY
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This training is designed to educate every worker on hazard recognition and avoidance. Topics include personal protective equipment, flammable and combustible liquids, machine guarding, preventing slips, trips and falls, and more. Also includes an introduction to OSHA’s industry standards and requirements of the more frequently referenced and cited standards. Students receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.
 
OSHA 7215 SILICA IN CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL INDUSTRY 
Rob Weston, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
This course covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction, maritime, and general industries. Course topics include describing the requirements of OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standards and recognizing the hazards and risks, assessment options, and exposure control measures associated with silica exposure. Minimum student contact hours.
 
OSHA 7405 FALL HAZARD AWARENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION 
Rob Weston, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
This one-day course provides information on identifying, evaluating and preventing exposures to fall hazards at construction sites. The goal of the course is to provide small business owners, trainers, supervisors and employees with information on recognizing potential fall hazards at their work sites and suggest ways to avoid, minimize, control and prevent these hazards whenever possible. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls resulting from slips and trips. Topics include identifying fall hazards, analyzing fall hazards, and preventing fall hazards, as well as OSHA resources that address fall hazards.
 
OSHA 7410 MANAGING EXCAVATION HAZARDS
Rob Weston, Rocky Mountain OSHA University of Utah
In this one-day course, students will learn about the role and responsibility of the employer to assign a competent person to the excavation site and arm that person with the knowledge to perform the work properly. Topics include the understanding and application of definitions relating to OSHA's Excavation Standard (Subpart P), excavation hazards and control measures, soil analysis techniques, protective system requirements and emergency response. At the end of this course, the participant will understand the importance and duties of a competent person towards excavation work and will have the knowledge and skills that are required to perform those duties. 
 
OSHA UPDATE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This course targets employers and employees in the private sector and will cover OSHA’s latest Emphasis Programs.  
 
PREVENTING DISTRACTED DRIVING
Montana Department of Administration Risk Management and Tort Defense Division
This is a 2-hour course designed to educate drivers on the risks associated with distracted driving.  It is primarily intended for drivers who have completed a general Defensive Driving class, but anyone can attend. New research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 80-percent of all crashes involved distracted driving.  That is almost 5 million crashes per year and roughly $184 in damage caused by distracted drivers! The course discusses distractions such as electronic equipment, passengers, vehicle controls, things outside your car, and eating, reading and grooming and offers tips on how to reduce those risks.
 
PUBLIC SECTOR UPDATE
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
This geared towards participants who work in the public sector.  Attendees will be able to learn more about the Department of Labor & Industry’s Compliance Unit and ask question of the compliance officers.
 
RADON & ASBESTOS IN MONTANA. 
John Podolinsky, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Asbestos, radon, and meth labs are popular media topics and public concerns.  Come join the Department of Environmental Quality and learn about radon and asbestos and how they are regulated in Montana. 
 

SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS/STAIRWAYS & LADDERS

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of accidents, both in and out of the workplace. As a result, they are a significant problem both to the general public and the workplace. This class will cover practical methods to reduce slips and falls.

STAY-AT-WORK/RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAMS
Cindy Zimmerman, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau

Learn the best practices the stay at work/return to work program recommendations for safe and effective return to work following a workplace injury. Learn how to use a workability form to improve communication between the health care provider, injured worker, and the injured worker’s employer.

 Steps to Planning Retirement
Terry Dalton, MPERA
It’s never too early to think about retirement! This class covers both PERS retirement plans, ways to enhance your retirement and the steps you need to know when you plan on leaving.
SUPERVISORY LEADERSHIP & ENGAGEMENT
Bob Winston, Victory Insurance
The creation of a genuine safety partnership between management and employees is fundamental to achieve excellence in safety.   Creating a safety partnership requires management and employees to jointly work toward achieving common and clearly understood safety goals.  This can be achieved thru effective safety leadership.  Leadership that recognizes safety as a social activity where everyone is involved and works together is essential.  This session will address leadership at the supervisory level where if not taken seriously, positive change cannot occur.  
 
TOOL SAFETY OVERVIEW
Berke Brown, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Class Description Coming Soon….
 
TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RESPONSE TRAINING
Gerald Prete, MSU Fire Service
The National TIM Responder Training Program was developed by responders for responders, and was designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG): 
• Responder Safety 
• Safe, Quick Clearance 
• Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications 

 

TRENCHBOX SAFETY
Lance Palmer, Key Rentals Group
This class will give a brief overview of trenchbox safety while performing excavations.
Using Safety as a Framework for Sustainable Improvement
Safety is embedded in every single department in an organization­—but because safety is so far-reaching it can be hard to see the connection between safety, productivity, human factors and organizational systems. This session will demonstrate how presenting safety as a framework can build an organizational consensus for the value of safety. From showing individual workers how their mental and physical states can affect their own safety to highlighting the way that work environments and interpersonal dynamics will alter injury risk levels, this session will give attendees a useful framework for getting their entire leadership team to embrace safety-focused change.
 Learning points:
● The far-reaching impact of human factors on organizational performance
● The need for an integrated, human factors approach to safety management
● The connection between individual worker safety and organizational systems

● How to apply a safety framework as a roadmap for sustained success

Using Safety as a Framework for Sustainable Improvement
Matthew Hall, SafeStart
Safety is embedded in every single department in an organization­—but because safety is so far-reaching it can be hard to see the connection between safety, productivity, human factors and organizational systems. This session will demonstrate how presenting safety as a framework can build an organizational consensus for the value of safety. From showing individual workers how their mental and physical states can affect their own safety to highlighting the way that work environments and interpersonal dynamics will alter injury risk levels, this session will give attendees a useful framework for getting their entire leadership team to embrace safety-focused change.
 Learning points:
●    The far-reaching impact of human factors on organizational performance
●    The need for an integrated, human factors approach to safety management
●    The connection between individual worker safety and organizational systems
●    How to apply a safety framework as a roadmap for sustained success

 

 
 

 

Instructor Bio's

LARRY ALHEIM

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Larry Alheim is the Safety Director at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has been working at DEQ for over 17 years in both safety and enforcing environmental statutes.  Larry was in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years, retiring as a Marine Science Technician Senior Chief (E-8). He was the Environmental Response Section supervisor in New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Mobile AL supervising Incident Commanders / Federal On-Scene Coordinators and responding to major oil and hazmat releases.  As a Coast Guard Marine Inspector, he inspected Ultra Large Crude Carrier tankships, offshore oil drill rigs and various oil/chemical ships and barges.   Larry is a graduate of University of the State of New York.

ETHAN ANDERSON
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Ethan was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2017. Throughout his college career, he has gained safety and health knowledge through education, surface coal mining and underground metal mining in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Michigan. He currently is a Compliance Specialists for the Department of Labor and Industry.  Ethan enjoys spending his free time with family and friends; fishing, boating, and hiking/backpacking. 

BREEINNA BOSCH
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau

Breeinna is a native Montanan and earned her B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health with an option in Applied Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana.  Throughout the past years, she gained knowledge and experience while working in the construction and mining industries.  With the desire to strengthen the safety culture within the workplace and ensure that workers can return home to their families each day, Breeinna became a Compliance Specialist for the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. In her spare time, Breeinna enjoys any adventure that the breathtaking state she is proud to call home has to offer.


BERKE BROWN

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Berke is a native Montanan. He was born in Helena and was raised in the Laurel area. Berke has worked for Stillwater Mining Company, where he learned rules and regulations. Berke has applied his knowledge & experience to work for Mine Safety & Health Administration and the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau as mine trainer/inspector. Berke is currently an authorized OSHA Outreach Construction trainer for the State of Montana, Safety & Health Bureau. Berke now has 14 years of safety experience. Berke and his wife resides in Billings with their children and stepchildren.
TERRY DALTON
MPERA
Terry has been with the Public Employees Retirement for 20 years, working with retirees and as a trainer helping members understand their retirement choices and getting them prepared for retirement. 

DARBY DECKER

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Darby was born and raised in Butte, MT. She graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health in 2019. During college she gained safety and health experience through multiple internships at Colstrip Power Plant. Darby enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, and hunting in her free time.


Matthew Hall

Director of Sales & Training, SafeStart
Matt is a Director of SafeStart's North American division, where he continues to execute the safety company’s go-to-market strategy. Matt’s expertise translates into safety and business performance, with a specialization in cost effectiveness and production improvements. 

Prior to joining SafeStart, Matt worked with Yellow Media, where he helped launch their digital strategy into southwestern Ontario. He’s also worked with one of Canada's fastest growing companies, Info-Tech Research Group, where he was a key member of the leadership team and served executive leaders for a number of Fortune 500 companies. 

Matt is driven by his passion for safety and human factors management to help organizations reach sustainable safety and productivity goals.


CJ HOLLAND
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
CJ was born and raised in Montana. He earned his B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in 2017 and his M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Technological University in 2019. CJ gained his safety & industrial hygiene knowledge by interning in the mining industry for the Eagle Mine in Michigan and Rio Tinto Minerals in California. He also interned for Northwestern Energy. CJ enjoys outdoor activities like fly fishing, hunting and snowboarding.

JERRY LAUGHERY, CSP – HELENA

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Jerry received his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health - Science and Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. During his career as a Safety Professional, he has worked in a variety of industries ranging from construction, pulp & paper, power generation, cement manufacturing, mining and public sector. Jerry has obtained his Certified Safety Professional certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Jerry and his wife (Britani) reside in the Helena area.
MOLLY MCNABB
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Molly attended Montana Tech where she received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health and her M.S. in Industrial Hygiene.  During her education, Molly received experience in mining, nuclear energy, and construction on a on a superfund site. Following graduation, Molly accepted a job with The Boeing Company.  There, she helped improve the safety culture by involving machinists more in the problem-solving process.  The many complex projects concerning safety and health increased her knowledge in the safety and health field.
Missing Montana, Molly returned to her home state.  She is now working for the Department of Labor and Industry as a consultant for safety and health. Molly chose the Safety and Health field to ensure people stay safe while on the job.


FRED MILLER OSHT, ARM, AU

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Fred worked more than 12 years as a commercial insurance agent in Helena and Great Falls, specializing in workers’ compensation. He also worked seven years as a journalist in Lewistown, Havre, and Great Falls. He currently is a Safety Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau, helping workers and businesses understand the importance of workplace safety. He earned the Associate of Risk Management and Associate of Underwriting designations from the Insurance Institute of America and is an OSHA-authorized General Industry outreach trainer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION RISK MANAGEMENT & TORT DIVISION
The Risk Management & Tort Defense Division provides training programs designed to assist state agencies to reduce their risks and prevent exposure to claims/losses.

BRYAN PAGE 

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Bryan is the Bureau Chief of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Safety and Health Bureau. He came to Montana as a safety consultant for Liberty Northwest’s Helena office after working as safety director of Dome Technology in Idaho. Prior to joining the Safety and Health Bureau, Bryan was a safety consultant for Montana State Fund. He received his MS in Safety and Health from the University of Idaho in 2000 and earned the Associate of Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.

LANCE PALMER
Key Rentals Group
Lance has more than 32 years in the Construction Equipment Rental Industry. Twenty-seven of those years have been focused on Trench Safety, Confined Space, Pipe Testing, Training and other related products. In 2018 Lance open Key Rentals with Brenton Euler in Belgrade, MT. As an independent dealer their team is focused on providing the best service in the state of Montana and surrounding states.

JOHN PODOLINSKY
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
John’s has been with the Department of Environmental Quality for just over 24 years.  He has worked in the Underground Storage Tank Program, Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board, Asbestos Control Program, Federal Superfund Program, and now the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program where he also runs the Radon Control Program.  Prior to coming to Montana, he worked in the Midwest as a consultant conducting environmental and industrial hygiene testing.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from St. John’s University in Minnesota.  

JERRY PRETE
Eastern Regional Trainer, MSU Fire Services Training School
In addition to working for MSU Fire Services Training School, Jerry is a member of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Steering Committee. He is one of the leading Traffic Incident Management Instructors in Montana. 

TYLER SANDERS 

Montana Department of Labor & Industry Safety & Health Bureau
Tyler Sanders was born and raised as a Montana kid. He attended Capital High throughout high school and went on to graduate from Montana Tech In 2018 with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health while also being a 4-year starter on the football team. Tyler gained his hands-on safety knowledge by interning in industrial construction as well as underground coal mining throughout his previous internship in New Mexico. Tyler enjoys all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer such as hiking, fly fishing, hunting, and skiing.

KIRK SMITH,
Montana State Fund
Kirk joined Montana State Fund in 2009 as a safety services specialist. He previously was a safety and health specialist with the MT Safety and Health Bureau for 13 years. His training included trenching and excavation requirements, scaffold safety, and 10-hour construction courses. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after a 20-year career. He has an Associate degree in Safety from the Air Force’s Community College.

ROB SPERLE
Montana State Fund
Rob joined Montana State fund as a Safety Management Consultant in 2016. Rob holds a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist certification (COSS). He has worked for over 25 years in the safety and health field. He spent several years working in the Bakken Oilfield. He was employed by Williston State Collage (Train ND) where his primary responsibilities were providing safety training for employees new to the oilfield. Rob has a genuine concern for the safety and wellbeing of every employee and believes that proper motivation and training are key elements in maintaining a safe and prosperous workplace.  Rob is an Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) outreach trainer for construction and general industry, and an Instructor Development trainer for Medic First Aid and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).


JASON VENN
Victory Insurance
Jason has long experience with combining safe work practices with high stress environments.   He spent twelve years as a wildland fire engine captain for the Bureau of Land Management and followed that with five years of supervisory experience with the oilfield service company Sanjel USA.  For the last two years he has been working with employers all over the state of Montana as a Safety and Loss Control Consultant for Montana’s only private workers compensation carrier Victory Insurance.  He hopes that his sole focus on safe work practices combined with his previous operational experience will bring a unique perspective to the world of safety.

BOB WINSTON

Victory Insurance
Bob Winston is representing Victory Insurance Company, Montana’s only domestic Workers’ Compensation carrier.  Bob has been actively involved in the areas of safety and loss control management for the past thirty years.  

Bob previously served as Loss Control Manager for Valor Insurance, a private workers’ compensation insurer in Billings, and the Montana Safety Services Council, a non-profit educational association established to provide safety and health-related services.  He was the original Director for the Council and was instrumental with its initial planning and organization.  

Prior to the MSSC, Bob resided in Southern California where he held the position of Director of Safety and Administration for Kitchell Contractors, Inc.  During his thirteen-year tenure with Kitchell, he was responsible for managing their safety, insurance claims, and equipment purchasing, leasing and rental program.

Bob’s role at Victory is to serve as a safety and loss control resource for each of their clients.  In this capacity he provides a variety of safety services including training and education, program development and review, technical assistance, site hazard analysis, and accident investigation.

Bob has a Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a Certificate in Occupational Safety from the University of California – Irvine. 

CINDY ZIMMERMAN
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Workers’ Compensation Claims Assistance Bureau
Cindy Zimmerman is the Program Manager for the Stay at Work/Return to Work program and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. She is an interactive and engaging speaker who brings enthusiasm and knowledge to her presentation, while providing employees with skills to help them become more successful in their job and life.


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