Construction Services

From expertise in developing a Health & Safety corporate culture to peer reviews, to pre-construction planning, to comprehensive on-site inspections and more, VERTEX works closely with our clients to offer value-added consulting that prevents injuries and/or reduces exposures. Whether your organization has a well-defined Health & Safety program that requires auditing or updating for compliance, or you need to establish a brand new program, VERTEX’s Occupational Health & Safety Services professionals will partner with you to ensure that the Health & Safety goals of your organization will be met. 

Often times, unfortunately, clients come to us after an incident has already occurred. Our clients trust VERTEX’s Health & Safety experts to help them navigate the investigation process and provide expert opinions in legal matters that result from this type of incident. VERTEX is unique in the industry as our team members have both real-world H&S experience and forensic H&S experience. 

Incident Investigation

  • Inspect site/scene and photo documentation for the incident
  • Interview witnesses
  • Review the scene and documents to determine cause, origin and accountability
  • Provide corrective actions required; advise on sharing lessons learned
  • Train employees on how to avoid repeated incidents
  • Provide expert testimony and report of opinion

When are these services needed?

  • Following an incident
  • Workers compensation claims
  • Assist attorneys handling incident cases

Expert Witness Testimony

  • Inspect site/scene, photo documentation and depositions
  • Review the scene and documents to determine cause, origin and accountability
  • Research OSHA, federal, state, and industry required standards
  • Provide expert testimony and report of opinion

When are these services needed?

  • Following an incident
  • Following an OSHA citation

Technical Programming & Training

  • Corporate safety manuals
  • Range of programs: fall protection, lock-out/tag-out, PPE, etc.
  • Employee training in each technical topic learned:
    – OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Construction Training
    – HAZWOPER 40 hour and 8 hour refresher training
    – Respirator awareness training, respirator fit-testing 
    – Aerial and scissor lift training
    – ISNetworld and Avetta pre-qualification approvals

When are these services needed?

  • Following an OSHA inspection/or before, for more proactive organizations
  • Following an incident
  • When companies change manufacturing lines or processes

H&S Auditing

  • Construction sites
  • Industrial and manufacturing facilities 
    – Workplace exposure assessments
  • 3rd party verification of OSHA regulation compliance
  • Compliance reporting for insurance policies

When are these services needed?

  • Proactive clients
  • Following an OSHA audit with deficiencies identified

H&S Consulting & Management Services

  • Hazard recognition and prioritization instruction
  • Corporate H&S Programs
  • Safety Observations & Feedback
  • Communications including C-level and boardroom discussions on H&S Return on Investment
  • Mentoring
  • Incident investigations and sharing of lessons learned
  • Labor/Management Safety Committees

When are these services needed?

  • Following a serious incident
  • Following a merger or acquisition

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Key Personnel

Philip Platcow

Philip Platcow, CIH, MS

Senior Vice President, Health & Safety Programs

Philip Platcow has 34 years of professional experience as a leader in industrial hygiene, and occupational and environmental health. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and has worked across a range of industries including energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, insurance, food and beverage and construction. He has served as the Global Director of Health and Safety for several environmental, health and safety consulting and engineering firms, assessing risk and exposures, and establishing safety culture and policies based on best practices for the work environments of his firms and clients. He has created a specialty in the area of safety culture. 

Kevin Heffernan

Kevin Heffernan, CSHO

Vice President, Construction Health & Safety

Kevin Heffernan is VERTEX’s Vice President of Construction Health & Safety. He is an authorized OSHA Construction and HAZWOPER Trainer and has performed numerous training seminars for both Domestic and International clients. Mr. Heffernan is a licensed New York City Site Safety Manager as well as an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and National Fire Protection Association. He has managed the Health & Safety requirements for contractors performing the demolition of an industrial facility as well as the construction of a seven-story apartment complex. 

Thomas Koch

Thomas Koch, CIH, MEPM

Vice President, Industrial Hygiene & EHS Services

Thomas Koch has a dynamic background in the fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health & Safety, having been employed over 25 years in industry and private practice. Mr. Koch is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management. Prior to joining VERTEX, Mr. Koch was President of Koch Environmental Health, Inc., specializing in the comprehensive fields of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Safety and Health. Mr. Koch provides expertise in comprehensive industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance including OSHA and EPA program compliance, HAZWOPER program implementation, asbestos, hazardous waste, EHS training programs, and construction safety. As an expert, Mr. Koch has provided deposition testimony and written defense response reports. 

Dave Strzempko

Dave Strzempko, ARM, CPCU

Vice President, Loss Control

Dave Strzempko is a Vice President and Head of Loss Control. Responsibilities include: internal corporate risk management; management of teams providing private sector Loss Control assistance (underwriting) and Loss Control / Risk Management services on active construction OCIP and CCIP risks; and management of environmental insurance accounts (claims). Mr. Strzempko has 30+ years of experience in the environmental industry with the last 15 years focused on the insurance industry and attendant Loss Control services.  Mr. Strzempko has served as an expert witness providing litigation support and/or actively participating in several environmental insurance legal matters based on his education, training, and extensive experience in the remediation of releases of oil and hazardous materials, understanding of costs for remedial activities, and knowledge of compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Strzempko’s legal support proceedings have included depositions, interrogatories, mediation, arbitration, and trial testimony. 

Steven Marcassoli

Steven Marcassoli, CSP

Project Manager

Steven Marcassoli serves as the Health and Safety Project Manager for Risk Control. Prior to joining VERTEX, Mr. Marcassoli has served as a corporate safety specialist, where he was responsible for developing corporate safety policy following ANSI Z10 framework and ANSI 31000 for risk control. Mr. Marcassoli also served as the contractor’s Site Safety and Health Office with the Army Corps of Engineer project located in Bolivar, OH. Mr. Mr. Marcassoli has worked on numerous heavy civil construction projects nationwide as a quality control engineer, specifically for deep foundation projects, as well as several environmental projects in regards to the determination and proper disposal of contaminated soils. 

Oscar Ortega

Oscar Ortega

EHS & Compliance Manager

Oscar Ortega is responsible for environmental, safety and hygiene consulting services performed in Mexico, including: Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs); Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), feasibility studies; industrial air emission verifications; permitting; noise surveys and indoor air quality studies; wastewater sampling; elaboration of environmental impact statements and risk analysis, operation license and preventive reports; and coordination of disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. He has experience in legal procedures with PROFEPA, SEMARNAT, STPS and other State Offices and Agencies in different cities in Mexico. Mr. Ortega was the EHS Committee Director for the Maquila Association (Index”) in Chihuahua during January 2014 to December 2016.