Mr Joel T. Robertson

Robertson & Associates, LLC

Vancouver WA, 98684

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37 years in railroad operations, safety and government regulatory oversite. Expert witness, accident investigator, and DOT hazmat regulations specialist. Accident investigations.
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Oct 2002 - Present Consultant/Partner

Accident Investigation, Expert Testimony, DOT Hazardous Materials Regulatory Specialist, Trainer and Auditor, Liaison with Government Agencies, Rail Car Fleet Auditing and Inspections, Rail Operations Specialist

* Expert Witness on Occupational Illness Case Settled out of Court

* Served as an expert on a Railroad Commodity Liability Case

* Served as an expert on a railroad injury cases

* Wrote Technical Reports of findings

* Evaluated cases for attorney firms

* Recommended items for discovery and questions for depositions

* Ecospeakers - San Jose, CA

Hazardous Materials Safety Specialist
US DOT - Federal Railroad Administration
Vancouver, WA

* Planned Interagency Inspections for Hazardous Materials and Security Concerns

* Assisted in Providing Inspectors for Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City on matters of hazmat safety and security

* Assisted Inspectors in writing recommendations for civil prosecution

* Assisted Inspectors in organizing conducting Trans-border Inspections with local, state, provincial, and government inspectors at Canadian Border

* Assisted in Cross Training of other federal inspectors in hazardous materials disciplines, including inspectors from other agencies, such as FAA, FMCSA, OIG, FBI ODOT, OSHA, EPA, Customs, US Coast Guard

* Served as Regional Civil Rights and EEO Counselor

* Associate to Oregon Federal Executive Board (OFEB) worked on interagency issues, such as energy conservation, water usage and drought issues, personnel management

* Loaned Executive to the Combined Federal Campaign working with other government agencies on fund raising for the Combined Federal Campaign

Agency Liaison at Highly Visibility Leaking Propane Tank car incident in Billings, Montana by working with industry and carrier experts to transfer the lading and transport the defective tank car

* Received Superior Achievement Award for Action to Prevent Injury at a Chemical Incident

* Conducted Accident Investigations as Inspector in Charge at High Visibility Accidents

* Conducted a locomotive inspection upon request of regional administrator regarding a union complaint in absence of MP&E Specialist and Inspector

* Received an Award for my action and follow up with senior carrier management to provide for improved inspections and training at large shop facilities

* Planned and conducted a Multi-Agency Task Force Assessment with other local, state, federal agencies and Transport Canada on hazmat safety and security issues at west coast ports

* Received an award for the planning of the joint agency initiative

* Served as Acting Regional Administrator and received an award for handling of the national mayors' conference held in Boise, ID

* Developed statistics and identified a major safety flaw in vertical restraint couplers in the U.S., which included private rail car shop inspections in Wyoming and California and received an award

* Served as Acting Hazardous Materials Staff Director during the absence of the hazmat specialists at headquarters, where I acted as advisor to Office of Chief Counsel on hazmat issues, liaison with chemical industry, carriers, NTSB etc.

* Served in Accident Reports Section at headquarters, where I acted as a liaison on national accidents

* Served in Hazardous Materials Section at headquarters to assist them with projects

* Conducted Crossing Accident Investigations and Operation Life Saver Presentations to School Bus Drivers, Commercial vehicle drivers, driver education classes, and school children from primary to high school on crossing and trespasser safety issues and received an award

* Participated with a national inspection and data collection on the mechanical and operating concerns with intermodal safety for future regulations and received an award

* Participated with a national team to develop a training program for hazardous materials inspectors and received an award

* Assisted headquarters staff in developing an advanced hazardous materials training program for inspectors

* Served as an Associate to the Oregon Federal Executive Board

* Served as a Loaned Executive to the Combined Federal Campaign with United Way where federal workers raised $1.6M for charity, a record in giving (2001)

* Served as a Civil Rights and EEO Counselor for an 8 state region

* Conducted High Visibility Investigation of Defective tank car barrels which resulted in the issuance of EO-16 and EO-17

* Conducted Presentations for the annual plant managers meeting at Delta Chemicals in Longview, TX

* Identified Defective Vertical Restraint Couplers in hazardous materials service after my initial work had resulted in the Association of American Railroads (AAR) placing a special notice in their Field Manual

Apr 1989 - Nov 1991 Safety Consultant
Transportation Services
Charleston, WV

Expert witness, safety consultant and accident investor for FELA issues, chemical transportation safety issues with class I railroads

* Traveled to Peoples Republic of China with an international safety and health delegation, lecturing in universities, at government professional associations, and industries throughout China (1989)

* Developed a chemical safety risk management program for a chemical company to audit class I railroads for Union Carbide Corporation trade marked as Safe Rail and conducted meetings with corporate managers of carriers and conducted inspections of system programs, followed by field inspections to ensure compliance

* Conducted field accident investigation of a wrongful death, was deposed by defendant and settled out of court

* Assisted in founding a minority enterprise, Brothers Coal Company, where I served in developing contracts and as science advisor on coal gasification technology

Jun 1980 - June 2001 Hazardous Materials Inspector
USDOT-Federal Railroad Administration
Charleston, WV - Fort Worth, TX & Vancouver, WA

* Conducted Annual Tank Car Survey in Pennsylvania & West Virginia for identifying mechanical defects in DOT specification tank cars

* Developed and presented the first chemical industry/railway safety symposium on Campus of West Virginia State, which was the predecessor to the Bureau of Explosives Seminars (1985)

* Assisted Marshall University in several national safety conferences as a speaker and exhibitor on railroad safety and hazmat issues.

* Identified serious national safety concern with the mechanical stability of vertical restraint couplers which were equipped with a welded top shelf, follow up included the AAR placing a reference in their Field Manual to replace the welded couplers (1985)

* Speaker at the First International Conference of the Mechanical Training Officers Association in Louisville, KY (1987) on Hazard Communication Program for Mechanical Shops

* Interviewed by Marcia Salter of ABC Wide World News Tonight in a three part series on taking initiatives in environmental safety and health (1985)

* Identified a serious operational and training concern with a major chemical company and assisted them in developing a corporate communication and quality program to deal with the issues

* Participated on system safety audits of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (ATK) on operating practices audits

* Served as Team Leader on the Burlington Northern Railroad Company Regional Dispatchers Audit after a series of fatal collisions

* Served as an operating practices auditor on the Southeastern Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia

* Served as a hazardous materials auditor on the Consolidated Rail Corporation (CONRAIL) system safety audit (1987)

* Served as a hazardous materials auditor on the Norfolk & Western Railway N&W) system safety assessment (1987)

* Served as an Auditor for the National Train Dispatchers Assessment

* Served as an Auditor of mechanical survey of maintenance of way cars on the CSX Transportation, Inc.

* Received Commendation from Governor Arch Moore of West Virginia for bringing a national chemical safety conference to the state

* Trained State Inspectors from Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia in operating practices, motive power and equipment and hazardous materials safety

Canadian Pacific Ltd. Bangor & Aroostook Railroad
Saint John, NB Canada Bangor, Maine

* Acted as a Forwarding Agent for small shippers exporting logs into Quebec

* Worked with wrecking crews at railroad derailments

* Prepared performance reports of train operations for regional general manager

* Developed a working knowledge of the French language

* Received a Commendation from H.P. Lee, Superintendent of Transportation for acts at a fire which resulted in removal of several loaded freight cars from a burning building

* Managed high volume stations at seaport terminal and large newsprint paper operations

* Qualified on Maine Central Railroad Operations for working joint agency in Hermon, Maine

* Prepared export papers as Forwarding Agent for small shippers of logs to Quebec

* Worked as Bridges & Buildings Painter before transitioning to CP Rail


Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)
Oklahoma City, OK

* Hazardous Materials Safety at entry, Advanced, and re-currency

* Freight Car Safety Standards

* Accident Investigation

* Operating Practices

* Associate Faculty

Marshall University
Huntington, WV

M.S. Safety Management
With concentration in hazardous materials transportation

GPA: 3.69

Who's Who in American's Universities & Colleges

West Virginia State
Institute, WV

Majoring in Business Administration GPA 3.10
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