About Us

About Machine Safety Specialists

When it comes to safeguarding your company, facilities and team, Machine Safety Specialists has the expertise and experience in the field to protect you from potential accidents and/or safety infractions. Since the inception of our company, we have kept current with or been involved with all US machine safety standards (OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, etc.) and ISO/EN standards, including ISO 13849-1.  We specialize in training, comprehensive risk assessment programs, identifying machine safety solutions and teaching you to design control reliable safety systems.

Typically, we start by answering your machine guarding questions and training your team on the latest codes and standards. This enables your team to recognize and design compliant guarding and safety systems, help reduce risk and meet your production goals. Then, we train you to conduct risk assessments and help where needed with your most critical machines/processes.  Our team can prepare easy-to-read machine guarding reports for your specific plant, processes and machinery. Finally, we recommend solutions and help you work with local vendors to develop your machine safeguarding solutions.

Meet the Team

Brian Huber

Brian Huber has more than 20 years experience designing control reliable systems and risk assessment programs. From Avery Dennison to Veyance, he has designed comprehensive risk assessment programs and seminars that deliver results and save money. Brian has trained hundreds of industrial customers in the U.S., Germany, Mexico and Japan.

He has attended OSHA Machine Guarding Schools 204 and 204A, OSHA Electrical Safety School 309A, OSHA 501, and the ASSE Workshops for ASP certification, NPFA 79 and 70E. A member of ASSE, Brian has been authorized by OSHA to conduct General Industry 10 and 30 Hour Training and has also been certified as a PMMI trainer. His expertise with machine guarding products has been recognized by major manufacturers of machine guarding products and he has advised on new product development and applications.

Do you need a machine safety expert witness for help with ANSI B11 standards, NFPA 79 issues or OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O? Brian can help with these machine safety issues as an expert witness. Complete impartiality is promised.

Brian actively provides factory floor assessments, consultation for abatement and prevention of OSHA violations, and Risk Assessment training for customers throughout the U.S.

Don Mullins

Don worked for the Ohio BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene for 40 years. He worked with private employers, municipalities and federal agencies. In this capacity he worked with top level management, middle management, and hourly employees to improve the overall safety in their workplaces.

His Job Duties Included:

  • Safety Audits
  • Safety Team Building
  • Program Development
  • Training

Don was an instructor for the Ohio Division of Safety and Hygiene since 1977. He was institutional in the development of the curriculum for the training center for the Division of Safety and Hygiene of the State of Ohio. He has instructed at Findlay and Eastern Michigan Universities with the Industrial and Construction programs. Don also instructs and develops training for onsite employers and their employees to be trainers and is an authorized instructor for the OSHA Outreach programs for both Industrial and Construction.

Don Has Completed the Following Courses:

  • OSHA Record Keeping
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mechanical Power Press
  • Basic Construction Course (500)
  • Basic Industrial Course (501)
  • Lockout/tagout
  • JSA
  • Accident Analysis
  • Controlling Workers Comp Cost
  • Fundamentals of an Effective and Health Program
  • Employee Safety for Staffing Companies & Effective Safety Teams

Don has extensive experience with mechanical and hydraulic presses.

Robert Alan Heater, CSP

Robert Heater is a retired Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist, Dayton Service Office, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Employer Management Services; Division of Safety & Hygiene. He is an adjunct instructor at Edison Community College, Piqua. Bob holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Personnel Management from the University of Toledo.

Heater has more than 40 years of experience in the area of safety, having worked both private industry and public employment. Additionally, he has conducted industrial accident investigations, OSHA Recordkeeping reviews & data analysis, safety team development, safety audits & assessments and safety training. He completed OSHA Course #501 and is authorized as a 10- and 30-hour General Industry Outreach Program Trainer.

Bob is a professional member of the Kittyhawk Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and recipient of their Safety Professional of the Year Award. He is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Ken Hackworth, PE, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland)

Ken Hackworth has more than 20 years of experience with safety systems for industrial machinery, processes control, compression systems and power generation. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Ohio. Additionally, Ken is a TUV Certified Functional Safety Engineer (FSE) and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

As a partner of Machine Safety Specialists, Ken provides safety surveys and reports for industrial plants/machinery, consultation for abatement and prevention of OSHA violations and risk assessment training for industrial customers. Ken has specified, designed or commissioned more than 350 safety systems globally, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, and several Mid-East and Asia Pacific countries.

Ken primarily works with industrial clients and OEMs to review drawings, provide training, risk assessments, and ensure compliance to ANSI B11, NFPA 79, OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O or ANSI/ISA-84, standards. As an experienced control system engineer, Ken enjoys working with clients to perform detailed reviews of control system/guarding plans, ensure compliance with applicable standards, and improve workplace safety.

Kevin Williams

Prior to joining Machine Safety Specialists, Kevin Williams spent the past 25 years as a Safety and Environmental Manager. He has worked in various industries developing effective safety and environmental programs and he has a strong knowledge base in both power generation and manufacturing/general industry settings. Kevin has dealt with job hazard analyses, risk assessments, hazard abatement and OSHA compliance issues.

He has an abundance of experience in the following areas:

  • Machine guarding
  • Blow molding
  • Injection molding
  • Power press operations
  • Welding processes
  • General manufacturing equipment

Kevin has developed and implemented programs related to LockOut/TagOut (LOTO), powered industrial truck training, confined space programs, setting up automatic and manual spray booth programs, emergency evacuation plans, electrical hazard assessments and safety specification equipment to the latest ANSI B11 standards. Kevin Williams is certified in Electrical Hazard assessments per NFPA 70E and has a broad understanding of ANSI, OSHA and NFPA standards and regulations. Kevin also has an extensive background in the environmental area with experience in EPA permit preparations, Phase I and II environmental assessments, sampling programs development, training or certification of employees.

His knowledge has helped him in the development of programs that comply with EPA and DOT regulations. Kevin holds certifications in HAZWOPER, HAZCOM programs and DOT 49 hazardous materials.

Our Current Clients & Customers

When it comes to safeguarding your company, facilities and team, Machine Safety Specialists has the expertise and experience to prevent and protect you from industrial accidents and/or safety infractions.  Give us a call to see why so many leading companies have chosen Machine Safety Specialists to improve industrial workplace safety.