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Snyder appoints members to the Construction Safety Standards Commission

Friday, April 29, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Timothy Bedenis and Mark Bulthuis to the Construction Safety Standards Commission.

The commission brings together labor and management to develop safety standards to ensure a safe construction work environment in Michigan.

"Timothy and Mark will help ensure that Michigan will be a leader in developing necessary safety standards for our state's construction industry and the residents and businesses it serves," Snyder said.

Bedenis, of Plymouth, is currently the chief geotechnical engineer and a vice president of Soil and Materials Engineering Inc. In this capacity he supervises, conducts and reviews evaluations involving subsurface explorations, laboratory testing and preparation of geotechnical reports. Bedenis earned both a bachelors and master's degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. He replaces Donald V. Staley.

Bulthuis, of Grand Rapids, is a licensed electrician, working as a project efficiency specialist with Parkway Electric & Communications LLC. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Bulthuis serves as the chair of the West Michigan Chapter of the Association Builders and Contractors Safety Steering Committee. He earned a bachelor's degree from Calvin College. He replaces D. Lynn Coleman.

Appointees serve three-year terms expiring March 18, 2014, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.