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The Construction Division

Construction Professionals Weigh in on Key Safety Topics

The National Safety Council Construction Division is a network of contractors, labor representatives, manufacturers, regulators, designers, and insurance professionals who identify and reduce hazards on and off the job.

It's Not All Work; They Have Fun, Too

The Construction Division held its spring meeting May 11 and 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. The group had a tour of the Hoover Dam Power Plant on the second day of the session.

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The 2016 spring meeting, to be held March 21 and 22 in Austin, Texas, will showcase the activities of all NSC divisions. This is the first combined divisions spring meeting, and there will be a lot of new and exciting events.

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Meet the Construction Division Leadership Team



David Kliwinski CSP
Director, Health, Safety and Environment
Conshohocken, PA
Construction Division Chairman

Mr. Kliwinski has more than 25 years of construction safety experience and has functioned in a leadership role as safety director working for several large contractors. His experience includes general contracting and engineering in industrial process and construction, heavy civil, infrastructure and commercial building construction. He has experience in multiple types of contracting methodologies, including multi-billiondollar projects and joint venture programs, and has global experience with various international clients. He has a master of science in civil engineering with an associate’s degree in safety from West Virginia University. He has worked as an adjunct professor for Drexel University, is an OSHA trainer and is a member of several safety associations. In 2014, he earned the Distinguished Service to Safety Award from NSC.


Gary E. Tellish, CSP, CET, CUSP
Safety Manager/Training
Quanta Services
Construction Division Vice Chairman

Mr. Tellish interacts with safety personnel in various business units to ensure the safety of all of Quanta's crews, focusing on injury prevention, safety performance, and employee training and involvement. He has more than 25 years of experience as a safety professional and served in the U.S. Air Force for five years as a fire protection specialist. He spent the next four years at HST Inc. as a training/safety consultant. He joined National Vacuum Corp. as corporate health and safety manager, and later became corporate safety manager for Brayman Construction Corp., a heavy highway contractor. He joined Asplundh Construction in April 2012 as corporate safety consultant.


David Payton
Corporate HSE Director
BAUER Foundation Corp.
Construction Division Secretary

Mr. Payton has 20 years of experience in the construction industry. The first part of his career was operational leadership in design build companies for government, commercial, residential and industrial construction projects up to $200 million. He has been part of the HSE side of the business for the past six years. He is responsible for overall development, implementation and continual improvement of the HSE program for all US operations of BAUER, and he interacts with multiple BAUER subsidiaries in other countries. He is a member of HSE committees from various parts of the industry, both local and international, and is a certified trainer for HSE and operational requirements (OSHA OT in G.I. & Const., CPR/First Aid/AED, Equipment, Rigger & Signalman, etc.)


Tammy T. Washington
NSC Division Program Manager

Tammy has been employed with NSC for more than 10 years. She is responsible for managing the NSC volunteer engagement programs, meetings, websites and databases. Besides the Construction Division, she also works with the Business & Industry, Labor, Utilities, and Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment divisions. Tammy can be reached at (630) 775-2227.

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