NSC Construction & Utilities Division

The NSC Construction & Utilities divisions have partnered to provide significant value and increased benefits to Division members. Combining the experience and leadership of the two groups makes for stronger and more diverse representation.

The objective is to grow and strengthen the Division and the mission of NSC. Each group will work on their own agendas in breakout sessions, and we will engage speakers to provide training and information specific to each group’s interests.

Division Meeting and Webinar Schedule

The Construction and Utilities Division 2018 spring meeting was held May 21 in Rosemont, IL.

Upcoming Meetings

Date Time Location/Dial-in Topic
Aug. 15 10 a.m. (CT) Webinar: Using the Right Metrics to Evolve Your Safety Program Get the webinar agenda
Oct. 21, 2018 Fall Meeting Marriott Marquis, Houston, Texas Get the meeting agenda
Nov. 14, 2018 10 a.m. (CT) TBD TBD

Meet the Division Leadership Team


Gary E. Tellish, CSP, CET, CUSP
Construction & Utilities Division Chairman

In his most recent position as safety manager with Quanta Services, Mr. Tellish interacted 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
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Corporate HSE Director
Hendry Marine Industries Inc.
Construction & Utilities Division Vice Chairman

Mr. Payton has 20 years of experience mostly in the construction industry but also in the manufacturing and marine industries. 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 several years. He spent four years as the corporate HSE director for the US subsidiary of BAUER and is currently the HSE Director for Hendry Marine Industries Inc., which covers multiple industries. He is a member of HSE committees from various parts of the industry, both local and international, and is a certified trainer for multiple HSE and operational disciplines.


Robert McCall
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Director of Safety
Master Builders' Association of W. PA
Construction & Utilities Division Secretary

Mr. McCall has more than 30 years of experience as a safety professional in the construction industry. He spent 10 years with Dick Corporation, a nationwide general contractor, where he managed safety at both the site and corporate levels for a variety of transportation, industrial, government and commercial building projects. Since 1996, Mr. McCall has been director of safety with the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania and the Construction Industry Advancement Program. He assists Western Pennsylvania contractors with OSHA compliance, safety training, and safety program development and implementation. Mr. McCall is a member of several local and national organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of America Safety and Health Committee and The Association of Union Constructors Environmental Health and Safety Committee. He also sits on the board of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, which provides area seniors, veterans and persons with physical disabilities safe and healthy homes.


Tammy T. Washington
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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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