About John


My name is John Kalnins. I was raised in New York and relocated to Denver 25 years ago. My family moved to South Dakota in 2021. I live south of Rapid City with my wife, Robyn, and our two mastiffs, Lulu and Boris.

I am a retired MSHA inspector with 15 years of experience in mine inspections.  In addition to my experience as a mine inspector for above and below ground mines, I have worked on many large housing and commercial development job sites in various construction roles for two decades. I know the work. I know the risks.

Kalnins Health and Safety Consulting specializes in MSHA training, site assessment for regulatory health and safety compliance, health and safety testing including silica sampling.  Our consulting services are the most cost effective way to supplement management expertise for small and medium businesses to ensure health and safety compliance with government regulations. Training services in large and small environments ensure employees appreciate the importance of compliance on an ongoing basis.


First and foremost, I care about the employees on the job site. Helping management make sure the health and safety of their employees is a priority is at the core of everything I do.

An accident on a construction site or in a mine can cost an organization hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars. It can also cost an employee their life and the family loss of a loved one and livelihood. This is all in my mind as I conduct my site inspections and make recommendations. What I do is critical to the ongoing viability of the company and the well being of the people that work for them.

My greatest satisfaction is knowing that I save lives with the training I provide,  the recommendations I make, and the issue I point out on a site that need to be corrected. I can also make recommendations for the most cost effective way to remediate issues and it becomes a win-win situation for the employee and employer.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Management
  • 15 years experience as a mine inspector.
  • 25 years of experience in demolition, excavation, asphalt, concrete construction.
  • Over 2000 hours of mine safety training thru MSHA where regulatory health and safety requirements are far in excess of what is required for OSHA.

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