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

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.

PAUL MAYHAN, FS ENG (TÜV NORD-CMSE, TÜV RHEINLAND-SIS)

Paul Mayhan has more than 20 years of experience with safety systems for industrial machinery, processes control, compression systems and power generation. Paul holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degree’s in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Paul is a TUV Certified Machine Safety Engineer (CMSE®) as well as a TUV certified process control safety engineer (SIS).

As a partner of Machine Safety Specialists, Paul provides safety surveys and reports for industrial plants/machinery, consultation for abatement and prevention of OSHA violations and control reliability studies. Paul has specified, designed or commissioned more than 100 safety systems globally, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, and several other countries.

Paul primarily works with industrial clients and OEMs to review drawings, 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, Paul enjoys working with clients to perform detailed reviews of control system/guarding plans, ensure compliance with applicable standards, and improve workplace safety.

Joshua Shultis, FS Tech (TÜV Rheinland)

Joshua Shultis has 12+ years of engineering experience with a variety of controls systems, including safety systems for industrial machinery, process control, compression systems and power generation. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications, and an Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree in Graphic Design from Cazenovia College in Upstate NY. Additionally, Joshua is a TUV Certified Machine Safety Technician, and has attended multiple guarding and safety related seminars, and training courses. 

As a partner of Machine Safety Specialists, Joshua worked to develop safety tools and systems within the company including Machine SafetyProTM assessment software.  Joshua provides safety surveys and reports for industrial plants/machinery, consultation for abatement and prevention of OSHA violations and control reliability studies.

Joshua primarily works with industrial clients and OEMs to review drawings, perform risk assessments, and ensure compliance to ANSI B11, NFPA 79, OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O and ANSI/ISA-84 standards.

Jason Linton, FS Eng (TÜV NORD), CMSE

Jason Linton has more than 10 years of experience with safety systems for industrial machinery, processes control, compression systems and power generation. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University. Additionally, Jason is a TUV Certified Machine Safety Engineer (CMSE®).

As a partner of Machine Safety Specialists, Jason provides safety surveys and reports for industrial plants/machinery, consultation for abatement and prevention of OSHA violations and control reliability studies. Jason has specified, designed or commissioned more than 100 safety systems globally, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, and several other countries.

Jason primarily works with industrial clients and OEMs to review drawings, 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, Jason enjoys working with clients to perform detailed reviews of control system/guarding plans, ensure compliance with applicable standards, and improve workplace safety.

Steve Lazzaro

Steve has more than 20 years of experience in the industrial and manufacturing environment and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Ohio University.

As the Safety Services Manager with Machine Safety Specialists (MSS), Steve prepares quotations and proposals, manages scheduling, assists with report generation, and provides project management services for critical safety projects

Brian Huber - (Retired)

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.

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. Robert 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).

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.