John Cushing
John Cushing is a senior technical advisor and structural engineer for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS). He has worked in the Safety and Enforcement Branch at the MMS headquarters office in Herndon, VA since July 2008.

His previous job experience includes 24 years as a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officer. In that role, he supervised the development of national and international safety standards while assigned to USCG headquarters, he supervised USCG’s Offshore Compliance Program for the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and he served in several other positions supervising and carrying out safety and structural integrity inspections on a wide range of commercial ships. He also spent four years conducting plan review and enforcing federal regulations relating to the structural safety and stability of commercial ships and specialized offshore oil and gas industry vessels. He was USCG’s lead engineer for the wreck removal of the M/V NEW CARISSA on the Oregon coast in 1999.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and naval architecture and in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His previous experience with fall protection comes mainly through many years of mountaineering and rock climbing training and adventures.