Chip Darius, OHST, CIT, CUSP

Mr. Chip Darius, OHST, CIT, CUSP

Safety Priority Consultants, LLC
110 Court St., Suite 1
Cromwell , CT 06416
Mobile: 860-978-9899
Office: 860-978-9899
Fax: 860-760-6264
Introduction

Over 240 catastrophic injury and fatality cases, federal and state court, plaintiff and defense. Connecticut attorneys and law firms have voted Safety Priority one of "The Best" 9 times in annual surveys. 30 years experience in safety and OSHA compliance consulting and training for construction, general industry and utilities. 19 years as Instructor for OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center. 40+ years certified EMT. Over 750 safety clients in more than 30 states and internationally since 2000. Adjunct faculty to Keene State College and Fitchburg State University, teaching OSHA standards and topics. Frequent teaching and training experience including national conferences and seminars.


Areas of Expertise
  • Construction
  • Construction Safety
  • Forklifts
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Machine Guarding
  • OSHA
  • Power Tools
  • Railroad
  • Ramp & Stairs
  • Safety
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Utilities
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Warehouse Operations

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BS, University of Connecticut. 1985.
MA, University of Connecticut. 1988.
Occupational Hygiene & Safety Technician (OHST).
Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT).
Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO) - Construction and General Industry.
Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) with 2 endorsements.
Certified Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH).
Scaffold Competent Person Trainer.
Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Forklift Safety Specialist.
Flagger Instructor.
Work Zone Safety Supervisor.
Fire Department Health & Safety Officer.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Safety Professionals.
American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Scaffold Access & Industry Association.
National Safety Council.
American Traffic Safety Services Association.
National Fire Protection Association.
National Association of Safety Professionals.
Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network.
Scaffold Training Institute.
National Floor Safety Institute.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Frequent presenter at conferences and symposia. Instructor, OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center since 2002. Adjunct faculty for Keene State College and Fitchburg State University. Past adjunct faculty at University of Connecticut, Teikyo Post University.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No. Credentials are valid.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 240.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Expert in applying OSH Act of 1970, OSHA General Industry regulations, OSHA Construction regulations, OSHA policies, and safety-related national consensus standards to working conditions. Frequently perform health & safety and OSHA-related inspections, audits, assessments and training. Safety expertise includes slips, trips, falls to same level, falls from heights, ladders, scaffolds, forklifts, MEWPs, scissor lifts, aerial boom lifts, machine guarding, amputations, work zone, flagger, temporary traffic control, multi-employer worksite, struck by, backover, high visibility safety apparel, PPE, training, Emergency Medical Services.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: About 80%.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: About 20%.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 50+
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2020.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 15+
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 15+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20+
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Case merits review, consulting, site inspections, research, analysis, reports, incident/accident investigation, testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Please call 860-978-9899.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please call 860-978-9899.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please call 860-978-9899.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please call 860-978-9899.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Reasonable and customary expenses.


References

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