Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

California: Cozen O’Connor Hires 13 Attorneys from Miller Law GroupCalifornia: Cozen O’Connor Hires 13 Attorneys from Miller Law Group

Santa Monica, California – Cozen O’Connor has announced 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, including five in Santa Monica. The new hires are an expansion of the firm’s highly regarded Labor & Employment practice. “Miller Law Group’s focus for the past 20 years has been helping clientsnavigate the challenging and increasingly complex California employment law environment,” said Michele Ballard Miller, founder of Miller Law Group. Cozen O’Connor’s western expansion was bolstered in 2017 with the hiring of all of the lawyers from real estate and commercial litigation powerhouse Gilchrist and Rutter, and the opening of a Santa Monica Office. Source: Santa Monica Daily Press/Cozen O’Connor

Texas Physician to Lead ACOEMTexas Physician to Lead ACOEM

Elk Grove Village, Illinois – Stephen A. Frangos, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, of Houston, Texas, an internationally renowned preventive medicine specialist with expertise in the petrochemical industry and global infectious diseases, was installed in May as president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The installation ceremony took place at the 104th annual membership meeting held during the College’s 2019 American Occupational Health Conference in Anaheim, California. Dr. Frangos is Regional Medical Manager for North and South America at Chevron Corporation in Houston. He is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Assistant Clinical Faculty Member at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the NIOSH Educational Resource Center at the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health in Houston. A member of ACOEM since 1989, Dr. Frangos was elevated to Fellowship in 2000. He is a member of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (WOEMA) and the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM). Source: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Minnesota: Opus Group Names Director of Safety ManagementMinnesota: Opus Group Names Director of Safety Management

Minneapolis, Minnesota – The Opus Group has promoted Josh Babiasz to director of safety management. He will lead the overall coordination of all safety operations, including development, implementation and administration of safety programs, practices and procedures. Babiasz will continue to work closely with safety field leadership, operations leadership, risk management and legal team members to integrate safe work practices through all phases of a project. He will also continue his oversight of Opus jobsites across the country on a regular basis, where he will perform workplace safety audits, develop safety-training programs for supervisory personnel and diligently promote safety accountability for all associates. Babiasz is a certified Construction Health and Safety Technician and an OSHA-authorized trainer. He also serves as a member of the internal management team responsible for establishing and executing best safety practices and quality control on all projects. Source: Rejournals

Montana: Ron Scott Named Head of Cascade County Disaster-Emergency Services

Montana: Ron Scott Named Head of Cascade County Disaster-Emergency Services

Great Falls, Montana – Cascade County, Montana commissioners announced earlier this year the hiring of a permanent coordinator of Disaster and Emergency Services: Ron Scott, former assistant fire chief for the Great Falls Fire Rescue. Scott served as captain of Great Falls Fire Rescue prior to his appointment to assistant fire chief/chief of operations in 2015. He holds an OSHA certificate in hazardous waste management and is thoroughly versed in FEMA incident command system protocols used for management of large natural or man-caused incidents. The position duties include oversight of the Cascade County Emergency Medical Services/Quick Response Units. The DES coordinator also serves as the county fire warden. Capt. Scott Van Dyken of the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, who had served as interim DES coordinator since last December, will return to law enforcement full-time. Source: Great Falls Tribune

Indiana: MetroNet Names New Safety ManagerIndiana: MetroNet Names New Safety Manager

Evansville, Indiana – MetroNet Inc. recently announced that Chuck Muller has been named the company’s new safety manager. With more than 30 years of experience in damage prevention, Muller will be spearheading all safety and damage prevention efforts in each state that provides MetroNet services. He joins the team after serving on Indiana 811, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting excavators and operators of underground utilities, as the director of member/public relations where he served as the subject matter expert on all Indiana 811 legislative issues. Muller is an adjunct professor on damage prevention and safety at Purdue University. He is also a member of the Common Ground Alliance, the Indiana Rural Water Association, the Indiana Landscape Association and the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program Board, where he serves as the utilities representative. Source: Lane Report

Karen Wegert Joins NGA as Associate Director, Technical ServicesKaren Wegert Joins NGA as Associate Director, Technical Services

The National Glass Association has expanded its Advocacy and Technical Services department with the addition of Karen Wegert as associate director of Technical Services. Wegert most recently worked for Tesla in Buffalo, New York, and Schott in Louisville, Kentucky. During her tenure at Schott, Wegert served on the Glass Association of North America’s Fire-rated Glazing Council, now part of the NGA Fabricating Committee. In addition to overseeing NGA’s Technical Committee activities and expediting the technical publication process, Wegert will set up a building codes hotline for NGA members. She will also serve as staff liaison to several industry standards development organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Fed-OSHA. Wegert’s official start is September 16. Source: Glass Magazine/Twitter


Arizona: Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris Wins NIOSH AwardArizona: Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris Wins NIOSH Award

Payson, Arizona – Pine-Strawberry, Arizona Fire Chief Gary Morris received the prestigious award for Research Service from the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health. Morris’ scientific research resulted in the development of modern training programs and operating procedures on how to fight basement fires in a safer manner. Before coming to Pine-Strawberry, Morris was for three years the fire chief for Seattle and served 30 years with the Phoenix Fire Department. Morris also has written articles related to firefighter safety, which have appeared in fire, emergency and medical service publications. He often lectures on fire service management, health and safety programs, disaster planning and incident management systems in major incidents. Source: Payson Roundup

Oregon: Hermiston Student Awarded OR-OSHA ScholarshipOregon: Hermiston Student Awarded OR-OSHA Scholarship

Salem, Oregon – Eight Oregon high school graduates, including Salma Anguiano of Hermiston, are recipients of the 2019 Workers’ Memorial Scholarship awards, Oregon OSHA has announced. The program helps finance higher education for family members of Oregon workers who have been fatally injured or permanently disabled on the job. Each recipient has different educational pursuits, career aspirations, and plans to contribute to something larger than themselves. All have experienced the personal and financial hardships that result when a parent is lost to a workplace death or permanently disabled while on the job. Source: East Oregonian