Multiple Tracks: Landfill and Landfill Gas & Biogas

Safety Super Session [1 CEU]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom DEF

Moderator: Cathleen Hall, Solid Waste Manager, Pitkin County, Colorado

This session will bring together some of the foremost experts on landfill and landfill gas safety to address the challenges of working in this dangerous and dynamic environment. With the rise of injuries and fatalities at U.S. landfills in 2016, the need for an increased focus on safety is more pressing than ever. This Safety Super Session will first explore how to develop effective on-the-job training and then address the challenges of protecting isolated workers. And finally, you’ll learn how a near miss inspired new ways of thinking about borehole collapse prevention. For anyone involved in landfill safety, this is a can’t miss event.

Isolated Worker Protection Programs

This presentation will address the challenges of managing the safety and security of individuals and work groups in high hazard situations and tasks where direct or constant contact and oversight is not possible. The presentation will explore control strategies that incorporate full use of the hierarchy of controls method of evaluating safety measures. The presentation will provide a road map for others to use to create their own protection programs.


John Aliveto, CSP, Health and Safety Manager, Montauk Energy

John Aliveto

John Aliveto is a Certified Safety Professional with experience in heavy manufacturing and landfill gas to energy projects. Mr. Aliveto has a Master’s degree in safety sciences and primarily focuses his efforts in creating and maintaining safety programs geared towards the end user functionality and best management practices. Mr. Aliveto’s primary focus is moving health and safety program concepts out of the compliance mindset and into a people-centered production efficiency mind set for the groups he works and engages with. He is the Safety Ambassador for the SWANA Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter.

The Dangers of Borehole Collapse: Saving Lives One Grate at a Time

Work adjacent to LFG wells is extremely common in our industry, including monitoring and maintaining wells each day. This presentation will share the story of an employee who was doing just that when the borehole collapsed underneath him. We will provide information about safer work practices including planning for surface safety grates in the design of LFG wells, better practices when constructing the wells, and situational awareness when working around newly constructed wells, all of which contribute to saving lives.


Suzanne Sturgeon, CSMS, Health and Safety Manager, SCS Engineers

Suzanne Sturgeon

Suzanne Sturgeon is responsible for program development and implementation, including all operational and administrative policies and procedures related to employee health and safety. She monitors all field and administrative projects to be sure they are compliant with company, industry and regulatory standards. She manages the health and safety training efforts for field services and energy, and develops and conducts cultural-based training within the company, promoting understanding and participation at all levels while encouraging a behavior based philosophy essential to eliminating unsafe practices and conditions. Ms. Sturgeon conducts on-site safety assessments and provides incident analysis and feedback of all reported incidents and near misses as a means of promoting a proactive safety culture.

Scott Lambert, Project Superintendent, SCS Engineers

Scott Lambert

Scott Lambert is a regional health and safety specialist with more than 22 years of experience as a preventive medicine/environmental specialist with the U.S. Army (Retired), and more than 17 years of hands-on experience in the installation, operation, maintenance and monitoring of landfill gas collection and control systems. As an OSHA authorized trainer and First Aid and CPR trainer, he coordinates and provides health and safety training for all SCS Field Services OM&M employees, as well as SCS Engineers and SCS Energy employees nationwide, and designs site-specific safety plans for SCS projects in the Eastern and Central U.S. He also provides eight-hour HAZWOPER refresher training for SCS employees. Mr. Lambert has played a major role in SCS’s internal Health and Safety Training Program, including creating training materials/presentations, standard operating procedures, conducting a Job Task Safety Analysis (JTSA) for each task performed by personnel and conducting health and safety field audits/inspections.

On-Site Training and Standard Operating Procedures: The Missing Links

Most on-the-job (OTJ) training is received directly from someone who was already doing that same job. There is nothing necessarily wrong with that – as long as the person doing the training is a good communicator, has no bad habits, and fully understands how to do the job safely and efficiently.

This presentation will use case studies to discuss the challenges of OTJ training, how traditional inefficiencies can deeply impact safety and efficiency, and how practical training and standard operating procedures can drastically improve overall operations.


Kasem Cornelius, Operations Consultant II, Blue Ridge Services

Kasem Cornelius

Kasem Cornelius is an Operations Consultant II with Blue Ridge Services, Inc (BRS). He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has completed the OSHA 500 Outreach Training Program through UC San Diego Extension Program. Since joining BRS, he has performed on-site operations evaluations, safety audits, safety training, and provided administrative consulting at sites in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Mr. Cornelius works with municipal and private waste facilities to find practical, comprehensive safety solutions for clients. He has been a part of creating BRS’s new SHERPA program. Through SHERPA, Mr. Cornelius has been involved in developing injury and illness prevention plans, health and safety plans, standard operating procedures, succession planning and other safety and training documents for all types of solid waste operations.