Schedule (2014)

Schedule Exhibitor Map Presentations Special Events

Last Year’s Conference Schedule

The fourth annual Beyond Safety and Reliability Conference and Expo will be the best year yet. For your convenience, we have released a schedule to assist with your daily itinerary and travel accommodations.

Monday February 10th
1:00 – 6:00 Exhibitor Set Up

Tuesday February 11th
5:00am Exhibitor Registration & Set Up
7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast/Expo Hall
8:00am General Session – Mining the Diamond Rusty Brown (Kiewit)/Grand Metro Ballroom
9:30am Workshop Session 1
10:30am Mid-Morning Break & Refreshments/Expo Hall
11:00am Workshop Session 2
12:00pm Lunch Panel Discussion – Risk Tolerance – Jason Scolin (Kiewit)/Grand Metro Ballroom
1:30pm Workshop Session 3
2:30pm Afternoon Break & Refreshments/Expo Hall
3:00pm Workshop Session 4
4:00pm Cocktail Reception/Expo Hall
5:00pm NWI Contractors Association Meeting
6:00pm Hospitality Suites Open/Atrium Bar & Lounge

Wednesday February 12th
7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast/Expo Hall
8:00am General Session – It Was Just a Second Ago – Brad Livingston/Grand Metro Ballroom
9:00am Workshop Session 5
10:00am Break & Refreshments Expo Hall
10:30am Workshop Session 6
11:30am Lunch Panel Discussion – NWIBRT Industry Outlook/Grand Metro Ballroom
1:00pm Workshop Session 7
2:00pm Door prizes and afternoon break / Expo Hall
2:30pm Workshop Session 8
3:30pm Conference adjourns


The Beyond Safety Selection Committee prides itself on deciding on the best topics to present to the safety and reliability audience. After intense review, the committee narrowed the roster space down to the following:

Session Speaker Topic
Session 1
9:30 to 10:30
Tom Machacek
Cornerstone Electrical Consultants, Inc.
Well Grounded! Finding the Right Grounding Protection for Your Equipment and Personnel
View MoreThere a number of transformer secondary grounding systems to choose from, and the wrong choice can impact your electrical system’s reliability and/or safety risk management. This presentation will discuss the various options and how each could potentially affect your electrical system’s availability and safety.

  • The different types of transformer grounding systems
  • Pros and cons for each grounding system
  • Maintenance and monitoring requirements for each grounding system
  • How each system could impact a potential arc flash event
Dr. Cynthia Roberts
Purdue North Calumet
Taking Your Team to the Next Level – An Interactive Workshop
View MoreA productive team is key to great performance. Building such a team, however, can be a challenge, particularly when disagreements arise. This activity-based workshop will help managers and team leaders develop skills that can help take their team to the “next level”.

  • Leadership development
  • Team-building
  • Group process facilitation
Mark Steinhofer
Safety Management Group
Bidders Beware: Safety & the Bidding Process
View MoreWhen the necessary safety items are left out of bids, project delays and retroactive financial hardships can hinder a project’s success. This presentation will focus on construction-related items that subcontractors need to include in their bid packages to assist with compliance with owner-driven and regulatory safety requirements.

  • What items that must be included in bid packages to assist with compliance
  • What regulatory safety requirements need to be met
  • How leaving out information on bids can delay projects
David Limbaugh
BP Whiting Refinery’s Approach to Reducing Hand Injuries and Objects Dropped from Heights
View MoreBoth hand safety and dropped object prevention have been issues of importance at BP’s Whiting refinery. BP of Whiting employees and contractors have taken significant steps to reduce the number of recordable hand injuries in the last year. Additionally, dropped or falling objects present serious threats to workers, and BP of Whiting has implemented innovative approaches to prevent a recurrence of objects dropped from heights. This presentation will provide information on BP of Whiting’s approach to both of these issues.

  • Whiting refinery’s past instances of dropped objects or hand injuries, and what they learned from these events
  • 2 innovative ways to reduce hand injuries
  • A brand new approach to preventing dropped objects
Session 2
11:00 to 12:00
Mike Falk/Greg Koszut
Falk PLI Engineering & Surveying, Inc.
Laser Scanner Implementation for Maintenance and Safety Issues
View More“Laser Scanning” is the term most commonly used to describe the process of using laser beam technology to measure, map, and model large, complex structures in a “hands off” manner. This presentation will introduce multiple examples of laser scanning in various industries, as well as the benefits associated with laser scanning.

  • An introduction to laser scanning
  • Examples of laser scanning across multiple industries
  • 4 main benefits associated with laser scanning
Sean Smith
Motivate Your Crew from Beyond the Sidelines
View MoreCoaches, just like managers, use a variety of methods to motivate their players and teams. With proper motivational strategies, a coach can motivate an ordinary team to meet their full potential and achieve greatness. This is accomplished by combining general motivational principles with specific strategies relevant to the goals at hand.

  • Share the most common and effective methods of motivation used in coaching and how that relates to working safely as a team
  • Discovering that each employee has intrinsic motivation within them and it’s up to their lead (coach) to guide, motivate and encourage their team to perform the best of their ability
  • Learn how to build trust within a team; transform individuals to work as a true team.
Bill Coulehan
Master the Art of OSHA Recordkeeping
View MoreRecording workplace injuries and illnesses is an art that must be mastered. This presentation will cover the OSHA requirements for these records, including a review of the required forms and assistance through OSHA’s website.

  • A review of the forms required to record work related injuries and illnesses
  • The methodology to determine if an injury is recordable
  • Resources and assistance available through OSHA’s website
Shawna Neilson/Nicole Fallowfield
Making Wellness Work for Workers’ Compensation
View MoreThe combination of an aging, unhealthy population with a hardening insurance market demands a strategy to combine safety, claims management and wellness to mitigate health insurance and workers’ compensation costs.

  • How to effectively integrate a culture of health into your organization
  • Managing wellness and workers’ compensation as one strategic initiative
  • Understanding how safety and claims management practices can impact overall workers’ compensation costs
Session 3
1:30 to 2:30
Kurt Moehlmann
Filling in the Cracks – Concrete Restoration and Repair
View MoreConcrete deterioration can be an expensive and difficult problem to solve. This presentation will cover the causes of deterioration, as well as the proper techniques for concrete restoration and repair.

  • How to describe the stresses that lead to concrete deterioration
  • How to select the proper products and techniques needed for the repair and restoration of deteriorated concrete
  • The critical factors in execution of concrete repair, so as to gain the greatest return on investment
Dr. Esteban Tristan
Select International
Safety DNA: The Key to Reducing Employee Exposure in Your Organization
View MoreNot all individuals are equally and inherently safe. We all have unique “Safety DNA” –psychological characteristics which impact our personal safety. Find out how organizations are using it to reduce at-risk behavior and improve overall safety performance.

  • Understand how traditional safety programs and systems have overlooked the role that individual characteristics (i.e., Safety DNA) play in workplace safety
  • Learn about the four psychological factors that are most strongly related to safe behavior, safety incidents, and injuries
  • Discover how this new methodology can be used to coach employees on safe behavior and reduce their exposure to risk, as well as helping your organization identify and hire safer individuals
  • Gain an understanding of how these systems integrate into current safety initiatives and understand the key safety metrics that can be improved as a result
Guy Skrobul ALiCE—Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate
View MoreThe majority of casualties from active shooter events occur with the first 4 to 10 minutes. ALiCE provides proactive options to utilize before law enforcement arrives on the scene.

  • Learn proactive, options-based strategies if confronted with an active shooter situation
  • How strategies have helped others survive active shooter incidents
  • Why knowledge of trauma first aid is important
  • Why time is of the utmost importance in an active shooter incident
Andrew Youpel
Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., Inc.
Promoting Safety Culture: Impacting Safety Culture in a Transient Workforce
View MoreWorker hazard awareness training is one of the primary elements required to be addressed when employing short term and transient work force. This presentation will discuss procedures for training temporary or short term workers on projects of a short duration.  This standard training protocol is utilized by all safety managers to meet and exceed requirements for the OSHA VPP Star Program for Mobile Work Force.

  • How to promote safety initiatives for temporary workers
  • How to implement safety programs that are relevant to transient workers
  • Project-specific injury and accident prevention initiatives
Session 4
3:00 to 4:00
Karl Koenig
Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Regulatory Issues Related to Maintenance
View MoreComplying with regulatory requirements can be a harrowing and difficult process. This presentation will address various assets that require periodic maintenance, inspection and documentation to be in compliance with Federal, State and Local requirements

  • How to comply with regulatory requirements from OSHA, EPA, FDA, ADA NFPA, and more
  • How to inspect critical structures, mobile equipment, EOT’s lifting devices
  • How to inspect lighting and signage
  • Specific safety processes for maintenance
Frank Keres
Construction Risk Associates, Inc.
Accident Investigation
View MoreAccident investigation is critical to any safety/risk program. This presentation will provide you with the “how to” in regards to investigating and reporting accidents properly using practical, effective, and proven techniques.

  • The 5 Why’s Method
  • A step by step approach to accident investigation
  • What you’ll need to perform investigations, from support to training
Suellen Cook
Argonne National Laboratory
Using ISM for Better Workplace Safety & Health
View MoreIntegrated Safety Management is a process of incorporating safety planning into all work activities. ISM is a management systems approach to safety, health, quality assurance and environmental management.

  • An overview of Integrated Safety Management (ISM)
  • ISM Guiding Principles, Core Functions and Key Elements
  • Annual initiative for ISM activities and resources
  • Best ISM practices and feedback systems used to drive continuous improvement
Cynthia Rega
Industrial Rehabilitation
How to Make the Most Out of a Functional Capacity Evaluation
View MoreFunctional Capacity Evaluations provide invaluable information about a client’s ability to perform the essential functions of their job over the course of a typical day. This presentation will provide you with different evaluation philosophies and types of Functional Capacity Evaluations, as well as give you the necessary information to help you get the most out of each evaluation.

  • An overview of Integrated Safety Management (ISM)
  • Different evaluation philosophies and types of FCE’s
  • Key components of the FCE
  • How to get referral questions answered properly
Session 5
9:00 to 10:00
Jim Bain
Falcon Performance Institute
Leading from the Bleachers—A Safety Professional’s Dilemma
View MoreYour responsibility is to lead your safety team and the entire organization’s safety efforts. Unfortunately, you’re not in charge most of the time. It’s like trying to lead a football team from the stands. Join us as we explore how to make a positive impact when you are neither the coach nor the quarterback. You need to make a difference. We will show you how.

  • How to establish yourself as a leader
  • How to take responsibility for your actions and those of your team
  • How your reliability can turn you into the “go to” player
  • How to tap into your enthusiasm and become “contagious”
Julie Sfurm
Elkay Manufacturing Company
Root Cause Analysis: How to Reduce Claims & Costs with a Fishbone Diagram
View MoreLearn a quick and easy technique to help you uncover the underlying issues that lead to reducing your claims. Reducing claims leads to reduced costs! This program will give an investigation overview and identify ways to complete a thorough root cause investigation.

  • Freezing the facts – how to dig deep into an investigation
  • Ishikawa diagram – What is a fishbone diagram?
  • How to utilize a fishbone diagram in your workplace
  • Exercise/example of a fishbone diagram in use
Jim Allivato
ATI Worksite Solutions
Getting in Front of Worker’s Comp
View MoreThis high energy presentation will rejuvenate some “old” prevention ideas and provide you with some NEW and INNOVATIVE approaches eliminating recordables and workers’ compensation claims by taking advantage of early reporting. Data presented from actual case studies will make it clear that an investment in prevention can reap significant ROI both in Workers’ Comp dollars and Commercial Health utilization.

  • How an early intervention program can significantly impact OSHA recordables and workers’ compensation claims
  • Why specific types of injury prevention programming need to be a part of every organization’s safety program
  • How employees’ health and well-being impacts recordable injuries and the associated cost
Jim Arendas
Construction Advancement Foundation
Advancing Safety Performance through Organizational Culture
View MoreSafety performance is dependent on organizational culture. Does the prevailing culture of your organization adequately support and require safety responsibilities and accountabilities. In this session we will discuss how to evaluate and measure safety culture in the context of organizational culture and team dysfunction.

  • You will learn about organizational culture and how safety culture is influenced within an organization.
  • You will learn how to evaluate and measure your safety culture.
  • You will learn how to combat team dysfunctions that inhibit the development of a positive safety culture.
Session 6
10:30 to 11:30
Frank Keres
Construction Risk Associates, Inc.
Accident Investigation
View MoreAccident investigation is critical to any safety/risk program. This presentation will provide you with the “how to” in regards to investigating and reporting accidents properly using practical, effective, and proven techniques.

  • The 5 Why’s Method
  • A step by step approach to accident investigation
  • What you’ll need to perform investigations, from support to training
Jeff Tomb
Niles Safety Services
Real World Confined Space Safety Practices
View MoreThey might seem safe, but appearances can be deceiving! Confined spaces are, in fact, dangerous and deadly. Countless potential hazards associated with confined spaces are not necessarily obvious to the untrained worker. This presentation will stress the ability to recognize potential hazards that may be encountered and what precautions to take when working in and around confined spaces.

  • Various safety hazards associated with confined spaces
  • How to recognize potential safety hazards
  • Safety precautions to consider when working in a confined space
Christopher Fromeyer
Wolf Peak International
Seeing is Believing!
View MoreThis presentation is designed to educate safety professionals on the importance of safety eyewear, the ANSI Z87.1+2010 standard and required testing. It also discusses the application of those standards and testing in real life situations. It includes both lecture and hands-on demonstrations.

  • The true cost of eye injuries
  • Myths and truths about ANSI standards
  • The significance of having standards, what those standards are, and real work application of those standards
  • Product technology
Randy Palmateer
Northwestern Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council
Investing in Safety – A Guide to Owners & Constructors
View MoreEvery year, millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours are dedicated to the practice of safety on the jobsite. Understanding the value of the union investment and training that is currently taking place will directly benefit the safety programs on any jobsite. This presentation will explain how owners and contractors can provide instruction and input on the safety training their company needs to successfully—and safely—complete projects.

  • The true cost of eye injuries
  • The most current kinds of safety training and classes available for your team
  • How to provided necessary input in regards to your team’s safety training
  • How a properly-trained team can benefit your overall business
Session 7
1:00 to 2:00
Mitchell Surovik
633 Safety Services
Injury Case Management
View MoreThe very large majority of a company’s safety efforts should be focused on injury prevention. However, if an injury does occur, your management decisions could dramatically affect how that injury hurts the employee and the company. This presentation will provide an overview of the benefits and techniques available to employers interested in reducing the negative effects of workplaces injuries.

  • What injury case management is and why it’s important
  • The financial and ethical benefits of aggressively managing occupational injuries
  • An introduction to injury case investigation and documentation
  • An introduction to injury management techniques
Ed Brooke
Fatigued Worker: A Cautionary Tale
View MoreIn October or 2012, speaker Ed Brooke was involved in a serious automobile accident in while trying to drive home while extremely fatigued. This presentation will share his story and provide advice and techniques to help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

  • The different signs of fatigue
  • How your actions can affect others who depend on you
  • The Dos and Don’ts of fatigued driving
  • Shocking statistics on drowsy driving
Tom Machacek
Cornerstone Electrical Consultants, Inc.
What are NFPA 70E and Arc Flash Safety?
View MoreThe NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Manual has evolved to the latest 2012 edition to provide ever-improving guidelines for working within an Arc Flash/Blast zone. This presentation will provide an overview of what an electrical Arc Flash is and the 2012 NFPA 70E guidelines and recommendations.

  • How to define and describe an Electrical Arc Flash/Blast
  • An overview of NFPA 70E
  • How to determine the level of arc flash risk
  • Recommended guidelines for working within an arc flash/blast zone
Michael Pelz
Comprehensive Care
Department of Transportation Compliance: New Rules, New Regulations and New Responsibilities
View MoreThe Department of Transportation Compliance (DOT) has recently integrated new rules and regulations, which will affect a large number of companies and employees. This presentation will cover the new rules and regulations, as well as teach you how to develop a program that will comply with the DOT’s changes.

  • Recent changes made to the DOT (Dept. of Transportation Compliance) standards
  • How these changes will affect both employers and drivers
  • How to develop a compliant program
Session 8
3:00 to 4:00
Justin Nestor
Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
Turning the Tables: How to Use an Employee’s Actions as a Defense to Their Workers’ Compensation Claim
View MoreGiven the “no fault” nature of workers’ compensation, employers often face an uphill battle in defending employees’ claims for injuries allegedly sustained at work. Often, the employee’s own actions can provide a viable defense to their workers’ compensation claim.

  • A discussion of the “no-fault” nature of workers’ compensation
  • A discussion of risk categories (i.e., personal risk) and deviation from the course of employment
  • Practical investigation and defense strategies for defending workers’ compensation claims based on the injured worker’s own actions
Pamela Johnson
Franciscan Working Well
Sick & Tired: Using Functional Medicine to Reverse Chronic Disease and Restore Vitality
View MoreDiscover the root causes of fatigue, depression, allergies, and a host of chronic diseases that make your workforce less effective and less safe. Many of these conditions are the result of a nutrient deficiency, toxicity, food sensitivity, or infection. Learn what “healthy foods” are actually toxic and how reducing these toxins can greatly reduce these conditions. Also, learn the nutrient deficiencies that result from the medications you take and what you may need to feel energized.

  • How gut health is the key to reversing many chronic conditions that result in presenteeism and accidents
  • The impact of genetically modified foods and the truth behind gluten and other toxins
  • How your medications may be making you sick
  • How to identify and eat truly nourishing food
Doug Wolf Construction Storm Water Regulation
View MoreThis presentation will cover the implementation of erosion and sediment control measures, site management, and compliance with specific storm water regulations.

  • Construction activity compliance with 327 IAC 15-5 (Rule 5) and local [MS4] compliance requirements
  • Understanding erosion and sediment control measure implementation needed for compliance with storm water regulations
  • Conduct of a project self-monitoring program for regulatory compliance
George Estrada
BP of Whiting
Managing Process Safety: Applying the 14 Elements of OSHA 1910.119
View More: Throughout industrial history, process safety failures have led to catastrophic events with large human and environmental impacts. In 1992, OSHA issued standard 1910.119 to establish process safety management regulations and improve industrial process safety performance. This session will provide an overview of the 14 Elements of Process Safety Management as specified in OSHA 1910.119, and will explore how these 14 elements apply to an industrial setting. The session will also highlight examples of effective process safety management application in an industrial setting.

  • Understand what process safety management is and how it reflects in the workplace
  • Explore past industrial incidents caused by ineffective process safety management, and why process safety management is important
  • Explore examples of process safety management applied in an industrial setting and how it impacts you

*All presenters were selected by the 2014 Beyond Safety Selection Committee

Special Events

The Beyond Safety and Reliability Conference & Expo is the largest conference of its kind in the Midwest, but it also hosts and welcomes other industry related events.

BPBP Contractors Meeting – 2/12
To further establish the scale of safety professionals involved, BP North America will again be holding their Contractor Safety Awards Ceremony at the event, bringing hundreds of contractors and representatives.
logo_nwibrtNWIBRT Reliability Committee Meeting
The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable will officially host their Reliability Conference at the fourth annual Beyond Safety and Reliability Expo and Conference.
NWI ContractorsNWI Contractors Association Meeting – 2/11
The Northwest Indiana Contractors Association is holding their monthly meeting at Beyond Safety and Reliability Conference and Expo for the second year in a row. Normally scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month, NWICA will reschedule their meeting to be at the largest safety and reliability conference in the Midwest on 2/11.