2012 NSC Rising Stars of Safety

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Melanie Hemmer
Safety Director
Divane Bros. Electric Co.
Franklin Park, IL

“She is driven, motivated and determined to have each individual understand why safety is important to them. In order to achieve this, she makes safety personal to them by getting to know each individual on a personal level. Additionally, she spends time with the electricians outside of work by coordinating functions. This is her opportunity to get to know them better and vice versa in order to create those personal connections.” 

Toby Henry
Shop Lead
Sharp Memorial Hospital/Sodexo
San Diego, CA

“His team had one accident after 18 months. The one accident was a non-industrial accident from the watch engineer spraining his ankle by sliding his chair to get to the furthest monitor. Toby took this as a positive and single-handedly redesigned the watch engineer’s office and consolidated all eight monitors used into one workstation. He also has implemented first aid cabinets in all shops and established a weekly inventory control program to assure they are properly stocked.”

Haider Iqbal
Process Safety Engineer
Engro Fertilizers Ltd.
Daharki, Pakistan

“In January 2010, after doing an analysis, he identified that the departmental injury prevention plans were not effective. They were not developed as per standard guidelines and also not being stewarded properly. Haider sought out OSHA standardized guidelines for these plans and developed site Injury Prevention Plans SOP.”

Jacob Johanson
Global Director, Health Safety and Environmental
Thermon Group Holdings Inc.
San Marcos, TX

“Jacob has instituted a successful reporting system referred to as HEAT: Health and Environmental Accident Team. It requires response from affiliate managers to immediately report all incidents, including near misses to the Safety department. Jacob has built a positive rapport with domestic and international personnel and is available 24/7, so that he may be contacted immediately. Jacob leads comprehensive incident investigations with both managers and employees involved in the incident to determine contributing factors and root causes. After the investigation is complete, a safety flash, including preventive notes and suggestions, is translated into local languages and distributed to all Thermon employees worldwide.”

Michael Karr
Regional Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
The Shaw Group
Prairieville, LA
“Through his leadership, the Management Safety Committee has developed several initiatives. Those include, but are not limited to, heat stress safety campaign; safety slogan campaign; and a hand safety campaign, including a new hand safety procedure and training.”
James Kelley
Safety Manager
American Refining Group Inc.
Bradford, PA

“Shortly after accepting the position at ARG, Jim revamped the sporadic toolbox meetings to weekly, as well as spruced them up. They not only offer tips and reminders for on-the-job safety, but also off the job. Jim also led the safety initiative to have employees complete a ‘How is our safety department doing?’ survey. Jim came up with the idea of the survey and did all of the legwork.”

Phillip Lacy
Safety Engineer/Specialist
B&W Technical Services Pantex LLC
Amarillo, TX
“He engages all subcontractor personnel in the integrated safety management process from project planning to completion. He identifies and communicates site-specific and activity-related safety hazards through site walk-downs, development of preliminary activity hazard analysis, and presentations on safety requirements.”
Ning Li
Traffic Control Devices Application Program Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
Glen Allen, VA

“In an effort to develop strategies for reducing Virginia’s roadway departure crashes, Ning identified and addressed a major defect in Virginia’s RD crash data. Through collaboration with national peers, Ning verified the national scope of the defect and brought the issue to the attention of the Federal Highway Administration. As a result, FHWA released an official memorandum in 2009 on a new RD crash definition and criteria. Not only were Ning’s suggestions adopted in the memo, FHWA staff also acknowledged his ‘significant contributions to the important highway safety effort.’”

Aaron Lilach
Senior Safety Manager
RAS Delivery Services Inc.
Muskego, WI

“Aaron has helped our company by partnering with a vendor to create, audit and help us manage our driver qualification files electronically. By working through the bumps and hiccups with this completely new process to RAS, he has taken us from having no compliant driver qualification files to being more than 95 percent compliant in less than six months.”

Thomas Loughman
Manager – Health, Safety and Environment
URS Federal Services
Germantown, MD

“Tom led a team of Human Resources and HSE professionals to develop a new on-boarding program for new hires. The new program included a universal and more robust HSE new-hire orientation, annual safety code of conduct training, and employee acknowledgement to build accountability into the process. Implementation spanned 250 locations and more than 15,000 employees worldwide.”

Ivan Maldonado
Environmental, Health and Safety Team Leader,
Global Health Care
Kimberly-Clark Mexico
Ixtaczoquitlan, Mexico
“Maldonado spearheaded a new EHS management system that allows floor workers to lead hazard identification and problem resolution efforts. Supplementing this, he led a renewed focus on reducing sentinel events – incidents that could cause fatalities or serious harm. Every Kimberly-Clark Health Care location implemented his recommendations and all employees received training on the fatality elimination program.”

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