Meet Our 

Safety Team

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Joe Melton
Director of Operations
(515) 298-1535

Joe has over a decade of experience in safety and organizational reliability supporting organizations in varying sizes and industries primarily through a lead consultant and director role with large international consulting firms as well as regional firms. Joe has extensive experience in enhancing organizations performance through leadership development, Safety Management Systems, regulatory compliance, predictive analytics, conflict resolution, strategic & operational planning and personnel management. Joe has supported customer through hazard recognition coaching, safety committee development, behavior based safety implementation, support and data analysis. Joe has a passion for assisting organizations in their pursuit of safety excellence by identifuing and mitigating the most dangerous risk and hazards that lead to a sever incident and fatality potential (SIF). Joe leads by example through positive reinforcement, positive coaching to motivate sustainable behavior change to enhance the overall organizational culture with a dedication to an inclusive safety culture. Joe is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BSCP) as well as a Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) through the OSHA education outreach. 

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Brandon Black
Safety Consultant
(515) 577-5198

Brandon began his career as a card-carrying member of the Carpenter’s Local Union #106 and worked his way through the ranks of several Iowa specialty interior contractors.  Brandon was previously employed with an ENR Top Specialty Contractor where he worked on the site of Microsoft’s large data center project in Des Moines.  This opportunity allowed him to look at construction project safety from a different perspective, all the while providing him knowledge growth of “whole-project” safety.  Brandon now helps to provide a well-rounded safety-mentality to job sites and provides the CSSI team with a “field perspective” while delivering a wide array of services related to inspections, site visits and employee education.

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Kurt Fiddelke
 Safety Consultant
(515)681-5589

Kurt began his career as a concrete laborer, working his way up to a concrete pump truck operator where he held his Operating Engineers Local 234 Union card for 14 years. These positions moved Kurt all over the mid-west, working with a multitude of construction sites, coordinating operations, and leading site safety efforts. After the 2009 construction slowdown, Kurt transitioned into the Retail agronomy and Grain handling industry in Central Iowa. During this 12 year experience, Kurt worked his way up from an agronomy applicator to a Site Location Manager. During this transition, Kurt was a charter committee member for the company's Behavior-Based Safety creation team and stayed on the committee for 10 years. This opportunity provided Kurt the foundation to grow as a safety coach and company leader while advancing into a manager role. Kurt brings a positive coach approach when walking job sites, his operational knowledge, and passion for people is what makes Kurt a true cultural change agent. 

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Mark Wieland
WORKSAFE Manager & Safety Consultant
(515) 577-7622

Mark brings to the team a long history of work in the safety industry with extensive experience and technical skills in providing loss control and safety services to a wide variety of clients. His extensive background includes safety supervision and management for an Iowa-based commercial general contractor. He also has experience as a loss control consultant with a workers’ compensation company and most recently as a risk management specialist with a Des Moines-based general liability insurance company.  Mark also has proudly served our country as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps.

Having job site experience both from the contractor’s perspective as well as risk and loss control responsibilities from that of the insurance industry, Mark is uniquely qualified to bring a different perspective to CSSI clients on job site safety.