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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 of 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 customers 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 identifying and mitigating the most dangerous risk and hazards that lead to the severe incident and fatality potential (SIF). Joe leads by example through positive reinforcement, and 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.  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 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.

Brandon Black
Senior Safety Consultant
(515) 577-5198

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Dave Eaton
 Safety Consultant
(319) 850-9000

Dave has been a risk manager and safety consultant providing guidance for over 30 years to private industry, municipalities, utilities, non-profits and trade groups. Prior to joining CSSI, Dave was Risk Improvement Representative for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, advising members on safety and property/casualty risks. He has served as risk and safety manager for the City of Ames, IA, loss control consultant and safety trainer at Holmes Murphy & Associates, Cedar Rapids, IA and managed the global risk management department at Bandag, Inc., Muscatine, IA. He has also worked as a private risk management and safety consultant to regional and national insurance companies and their construction and manufacturing clients. His experiences at Bandag’s world headquarters included leading a department of 14 risk management, safety, environmental and legal professionals with a $5.0 million annual departmental budget and a $15.0 million domestic and international insurance budget. He developed and implemented a business continuity planning (BCP) program, a global ethics program and chaired the crisis management team. His areas of expertise include risk assessment, risk finance & insurance, data analysis, safety, workers compensation claims and litigation management. He has purchased and administered various employee benefits, including third party medical claims administration, life and LTD insurance. He has designed and implemented functional job description programs that facilitate post-offer, pre-placement physical screening for new hires. Dave has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Truman State University. He has earned the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer in both Construction and General Industry. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the Public Risk and Insurance Management Association (PRIMA).

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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 make Kurt a true cultural change agent. 

Kurt Fiddelke
 Safety Consultant

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Kim has worked in heavy industry for more than thirty years, transitioning from the trades to full-time safety in 1997 as a yard safety specialist. His career continued to grow becoming a Washington State OSHA safety compliance officer and on to Safety Director for Alaska’s largest shipyard. The unique path from deck plates to the board room gives Kim a unique perspective and understanding of how safety is applied and practiced in the workplace. He knows that for a safety culture to exist and be successful requires “buy-in” from all levels of the company, a shared value in practice. His approach is not “Safety First”, but rather “Safety Always”.  He also understands that employees must embrace safety; not because they are told to – but because they believe in it.

Kim Hodne
 Safety Consultant
(907) 202-6299

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