My Story

My Story: Wil Penny


Throughout my life/career in the military in explosive ordnance disposal and helicopter quality assurance, and as a barge engineer on offshore platforms and a senior foreman building refineries, I always focused on getting the job finished correctly with room to learn, as we all want to keep danger at its lowest scale. I found going with safety for others as the next step to enhance that learning process for our teams and myself.

I like to set the stage each day with, “Have you thought this all through and communicated with pre-assessment forms? Have you considered your significant people today while you’re at work? And how can we all become leaders in this industry, as well as better our local communities?”

We all get paid 75 percent for our skills and 25 percent of our wages to keep each other safe.

It makes an impact.

We all have someone whom we wish wouldn’t have been hurt or fatally wounded.

Safe is what I am, safety is what I want others to be a part of.

Wil Penny
Director for Safety
Reno, NV


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