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Safety Priority Consultants, LLC

Safety Priority Consultants, LLC

110 Court Street, Suite 1
Cromwell, Connecticut 06416

Phone(800) 809-0059


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Chip Darius is the founder and president of Safety Priority Consultants. His credentials and experience include: 30+ years consulting and training in workplace safety & health, risk management and OSHA compliance for general industry, construction, utilities and emergency services; 20 years as Instructor for OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center; Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer in both construction and general industry; 40+ years experience in Emergency Medical Services; Certified OHST, CIT, CUSP, CSHO, EMT, HSO, WACH.


Safety Priority Consultants, LLC offers safety & health training, OSHA compliance consulting, litigation consulting, risk management and expert witness services.

We have served over 800 client organizations in more than 30 states and internationally since 2000.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Rack, Aerial Lift, Boom Lift, Scissor Lift, Work Zone, Traffic/Highway Safety, Flagger, Lockout/Tagout, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Excavation, MEWP, Occupational Safety & Health, Construction Safety, Power Tools, Ramp & Stairs, Utilities, Walking & Working Surfaces, Warehouse Operations.


Mr. Chip Darius provides safety & health training and OSHA compliance consulting services for business, industry, construction, utilities, and emergency services.

Chip is an experienced litigation consultant and expert witness for legal cases involving catastrophic injury, fatality, personal injury, and workplace safety. Retained in over 330 cases, plaintiff and defense, state and federal court. Testimony experience in depositions and in trials. CV available at

Chip is founder and president of Safety Priority Consultants, LLC. Established in 2000, Safety Priority has served over 800 client companies in more than 30 states and internationally.

Areas of safety specialty include:
• Forklifts and material handling safety.
• Slips, trips and falls involving floors, steps, curbs, stairs, walkways, platforms and work at heights.
• Amputation, crush, machine injuries and machine safeguarding.
• Fall protection and prevention.
• Ladders, scaffolds, platforms, aerial boom lifts, scissor lifts, MEWPs.
• Workplace and job site inspections and audits.
• Flaggers, temporary traffic control and work zone safety.
• OSHA compliance plans, assessments, and reports.
• Emergency Medical Services.
• Teaching, training, instructional design.
• Accident/incident investigation & analysis.

Qualifications include:
• Over 30 years experience in safety & OSHA compliance consulting and training.
• 20 years as Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center at Keene State College, teaching courses on OSHA regulations and policies.
• Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, teaching both Construction and General Industry programs.
• Accomplished teacher, writer, trainer, and facilitator.
• BS and MA degrees from The University of Connecticut.
• Adjunct Faculty, Fitchburg State University and Keene State College.

Certifications include:
• Occupational Hygiene & Safety Technician (OHST).
• Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT).
• Forklift Safety Technician (FST).
• Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO) - both Construction and General Industry.
• Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP).
• Scaffold Competent Person Trainer.
• Certified Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder.
• Flagger Instructor and work zone safety trainer, ATSSA and NSC.
• SafeStart behavior based safety trainer.
• Emergency Care First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor Trainer.
• Health & Safety Officer (HSO).
• Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1980.

Honors include:
• Presenter at international, national, regional and state conferences.
• Selected 9 times as "one of the best" expert witness & litigation consulting firms, as voted by Connecticut attorneys in Connecticut Law Tribune.
• Faculty for the SEAK National Expert Witness Conference in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023.

Areas Served

All States

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Professional Experience

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• American Society of Safety Professionals
• American Industrial Hygiene Association
• American Traffic Safety Services Association
• Associated General Contractors of America
• Connecticut Construction Industries Association
• International Powered Access Federation
• National Association of Safety Professionals
• National Environmental Safety & Health Training Association
• National Fire Protection Association
• National Floor Safety Institute
• National Safety Council
• Scaffold & Access Industry Association
• Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network


BS, University of Connecticut, 1985.
MA, University of Connecticut, 1988.
Instructor, OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Ed Center, since 2002.
Certified OHST - Occupational Hygiene & Safety Technician.
Certified CIT - Certified Instructional Trainer.
Certified FST - Forklift Safety Technician.
Certified CSHO - Certified Safety & Health Official - both Construction and General Industry.
Certified CUSP - Certified Utility Safety Professional.
Certified EMT - Emergency Medical Technician, since 1980.
Certified HSO - Health & Safety Officer.
Certified Scaffold Competent Person Trainer.
Certified Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder.
Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer - Construction and General Industry.

Awards & Honors

Faculty for SEAK National Expert Witness Conferences 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023.

Named "One of the Best" litigation consulting and expert witness firms 9 times in annual surveys by Connecticut attorneys and law firms, as voted in Connecticut Law Tribune.

Seminars & Training

Detailed CV available at

Professional References

Professional and legal references available upon request.


B.S., University of Connecticut, 1985
M.A., University of Connecticut, 1988
Multiple certifications and certificates.

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