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2017 Rising Stars of Safety

2017 Rising Stars of Safety: 'Eliminating preventable deaths'

The National Safety Council presents the Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2017

August 27, 2017
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Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO
National Safety Council

Every year, we lose as many as 146,000 people to incidents we know how to prevent. Americans are injured or killed at work, in their homes and communities, and on the road in avoidable ways. Sadly, our society has remained numb to the crisis and slow to respond.

The National Safety Council Rising Stars are the exceptions. The young professionals being inducted into our 2017 class are finding new solutions to age-old problems. They consistently look beyond the data because they understand that “Why?” is not the only question. When faced with preventable deaths, the most critical response is: “What more can we do?”

It’s that kind of initiative that we are proud to recognize, and it’s what makes this year’s Rising Stars safety champions.

Last year, NSC announced a “moonshot” goal: To eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime. An endeavor of this magnitude requires a seismic shift in our safety culture, and we will lean on creative and innovative thinkers to help us achieve our mission. We are challenging the Rising Stars to be part of this task.

Tech. Sgt. Biagi Borrero took on safety challenges at the U.S. Air Force that affected bases around the world. Chris Osterhout, from Crowley Petroleum Services, addressed engineering challenges to keep workers safe. Ichaya Dhungel, at Eaton Corp., dealt with the challenges of an aging workforce by developing a multifaceted ergonomics program. Each created a campaign, coached fellow colleagues and engaged others to help eliminate preventable deaths and injuries.

Effectively changing safety culture doesn’t happen overnight. Change occurs when leaders step forward. In evaluating nominees for the Rising Stars Class of 2017, we were humbled to find so many young safety professionals having a positive effect on their colleagues and their organizations. These individuals bring energy, enthusiasm and excellence to their workplaces. They have embraced zero as the only acceptable number when it comes to injuries and deaths.

Most importantly, the Rising Stars embrace the challenge of eliminating preventable deaths – recognizing that it’s not impossible – it just hasn’t been done ... yet.

As NSC pursues our moonshot goal on the national level, these safety champions will play a key role, driving advancements and keeping those around them safe. We look forward to formally honoring the Rising Stars not only for their accomplishments, but for their vision to make the world a safer place.

Sincerely,

Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO, National Safety Council


Rising Stars profiles

Use these links to visit Rising Stars profile pages, or browse profiles using the navigation arrows at the top of each page.

Alisha Adams

Tyler Asher

Kara Barger

Derek Bell

Biagi Borrero

Meredith Bruick

Danielle Cappello

Cynthia Champion

Audrey Chennault

Miranda Conrad

Michael Dardar

Brian Desiderio

Ichaya Dhungel

Lorenzo Drummond

Umar Farooq

Awadh Fazal

Nathan Flowers

Bassma Hegazy

Azuré Hills-Wilson

Jonathon Holt

Amber Johnson

Lacey Kastel

Joseph Kauffman

Travis Keeney

Mahmood Khamis

Jacob Krzystowczyk

Jennifer Mabry

Nerisha Madrazo

Kelly Mikkelson

Ben Miller

Ashley Mitchell

Jarred O’Dell

Chris Osterhout

Travis Parker

Zeeshan Qureshi

Faiq Rabbani

Chad Rasmussen

Meghan Shambach

Nathan Slavin

David Smith

Jeremiah Wallace

Jeff Winter

Randel Wright


View Rising Stars profiles as they appear in the print edition of Safety+Health.

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Learn more about how to get involved at nsc.org/ypd.



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Alisha Adams
28
Field Safety Representative
Flatiron Construction
Morrisville, NC


“Alisha was instrumental in the development and implementation of our ‘STEP BACK’ program. This is an initiative to better engage our workers to take a moment to ‘step back’ and review their task before continuing. It also assists our field foremen who get caught up with the work and sometimes do not see what their crew is doing. We encourage our foremen to ‘step back’ every 10 minutes. With that in mind, we have six opportunities per hour, 48 opportunities per shift to identify risk activities. This, in part, has led to an overall reduction in both our safety incidents and quality incidents.”



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Tyler Asher
29
Regional Safety Specialist
Performance Contracting Group
Lenexa, KS


“Tyler had noticed that we did not have a corporate Emergency Action Plan in place. Thus, Tyler went to work addressing the issues, developing a plan, obtaining evacuation maps and signage, scheduling first aid/CPR/AED training, applying his safety knowledge and developing a universal training system that all of our branch locations can utilize. To date, there have been over 150 employees trained at our corporate headquarters and one drill of the system was conducted in under two minutes of the goal. This has made a huge impact with everyone in the building and they are now put at ease knowing that we have a plan and everyone knows what to do should we have an event.”



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Kara Barger
27
EHS Specialist, Powertrain Operations
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Kokomo, IN

 

“Kara helped the team decide on a healthy lifestyle program of their choice. They elected to provide healthy lunches to underprivileged kids on the weekends, as the kids do not have the same school-provided meals when at home. She also created a safety dojo that she inspired her UAW counterpart to use in conjunction with his computer and lecture-based safety training for a hands-on, real-life approach to understanding the why and the how behind safety requirements. In her new role, she has assessed other dojos, makes recommendations, and is assembling a manual of possible modules based on safety and environmental risks she sees in various facilities.”

 



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Derek Bell
39
Senior Director, Corporate Safety
Kansas City Power & Light
Kansas City, MO


“Derek believes it takes each of us to check and remind the other when we become complacent about safety. He knows the heartache involved in talking to a victim’s co-workers and family when someone is injured – or worse – killed on the job. Because of this, he encourages employees to share safety with family and friends. It can be anything from a campaign and pledge to not text while driving, having his wife spot as he backs in a parking place, or simply encouraging an employee to take earplugs and safety glasses home to do yard work. Derek knows that good safety habits off the job create good safety behaviors on the job.”



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Biagi Borrero
36
Command Occupational Safety Manager
Air Combat Command, Directorate of Safety, U.S. Air Force
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA


“Tech. Sgt. Biagi Borrero developed Air Combat Command’s 2016 Fall Protection Campaign supporting [OSHA’s] initiative. She established a detailed process to expand the focus from simple construction safety to strategies designed to prevent falls from any area/height. Furthermore, she led 128 full-time safety professionals to create promotional flyers/videos aimed at mishap awareness. Additionally, a fall protection game modeled after the 'Jeopardy!' quiz show was distributed to five regional commands with 34 bases at 70 worldwide locations and 138,000 personnel.”



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Meredith Bruick
32
EH&S Operations Leader
The Dow Chemical Co.
Lake Jackson, TX


“Meredith recently organized an ‘Investment in Excellence’ day during which our team gathered to learn about the power of IIE principles. Each member of the team completed a lifestyles inventory to better understand the personal behaviors that drive our team’s safety culture. The team identified key strengths and opportunities for improvement and wrote positive affirmations to help drive cultural change on and off the job. Meredith has since used the data to target and address key relationship issues within her team. The result is a stronger, more cohesive team that delivers best in class customer service in the field of safety.”



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Danielle Cappello
30
Safety Professional
Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts
Orlando, FL


“Danielle fostered a culture of safety by creating quarterly safety celebration parties for the front-line employees, which focused on successes and wins as well as areas of opportunity. She was able to rejuvenate the safety culture by engaging front-line employees to create and own their own awareness programs and by quickly following up with fixes to create safety and efficiency wins. Danielle created the ‘You Made It Happen!’ poster series. She highlighted before and after photos and stories of safety concerns reminding the employee that Disney leadership quickly takes action when they have a concern. This lead to an increase in near-miss reporting and best practice sharing throughout the eight different trades.”



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Cynthia Champion
30
EHS Specialist
Martin Resource Management Corp.
Kilgore, TX


“Cynthia planned, organized and implemented a series of internal EHS&S audits for our truck terminals in preparation for our three-year RCMS re-certification audit. She first selected and trained various employees (none of whom had any previous audit experience) from different segments of our company – operations, administration and EHS&S. She then initiated the internal audits in the same manner in which the RCMS re-certification audit would be conducted to make the internal audits as real life as possible. The managers, who were subjected to the actual RCMS audit, complimented Cynthia for her detailed preparation – all terminals received RCMS re-certification.”



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Audrey Chennault
35
EHS Senior Consultant
The Chemours Co.
Pascagoula, MS


“Audrey led a cross-functional team to conduct an in-depth risk analysis to review and simplify PPE glove selection. This monumental effort led to several engineering and administrative controls, but also to simplification and consolidation of the PPE glove program, from 10 types to eight. The key initiative was to consolidate leather mechanics’ gloves, cut-resistant gloves and arc-rated gloves (used for operating some switch-gear) with a single multi-hazard glove that combined all attributes and provided better grip than leather when wet. Overall glove inventory costs were reduced by 30 percent. Audrey has leveraged her team’s standardized approach to PPE glove selection company-wide, via webinar.”



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Miranda Conrad
31
Safety & Administrative Technician
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Thibodaux, LA


“In 2016, Miranda recognized an unfortunate trend of fellow employees engaged in slips, trips and falls. Statistics showed that 51 percent of accidents at her workplace were a result of a slip, trip or fall. Creating a pledge presentation, Miranda conveyed her findings to top management and lead personnel. Without much convincing, the audience signed Miranda’s pledge board that she created on her day off, and pledged not only to travel safely, but to carry the message to all of the employees in their departments. As a result, slips, trips and falls have decreased 30 percent.”



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Michael Dardar
34
Vice President, HSE
RES Contractors Inc.
Plattenville, LA


“Michael has always held the firm belief that if the organization focuses on the leading indicators of HSE performance, then the lagging metrics would respond to that in positive manner. In 2012, he, along with key members of senior management, implemented the SWAT (Safe Workplace Awareness Team) Committee. As a primary function of this committee, facilities were asked to promote BBSO, Hazard Hunts, and focused risk assessments, and to set targets locally for each. Since the time of that implementation, our corporate EMR decreased from .88 to .68, indicating a significant achievement in loss control.”



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Brian Desiderio
37
Assistant Safety Officer
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), U.S. Navy
Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan


“Lt. Desiderio provided time-critical and deliberate Operational Risk Management training to more than 5,000 sailors through a demanding 139-day operational deployment. It included 15,900 flight hours and 29 underway replenishments. Additionally, 7,000 jobs and 100,000 man hours were conducted during the ship’s maintenance period with no significant injuries. In 2016, he led 55 enhanced ORM trainings prior to major command evolutions to imbue personnel with the skills to look critically at their performance and effectiveness of their pre-event assessment.”



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Ichaya Dhungel
36
EHS Manager
Eaton Corp.
Raleigh, NC


“In 2016, Ichaya kicked off and led a multi-faceted ergonomics program that led to excellent results. The program started with developing our plant Active Release Therapy program, using industrial massage to treat conditions from work and home. This also led to inputs into our plant ergonomic assessment program. As we treated the condition, we tackled each work area to reduce the risks. She also used the therapist’s input to develop a stretching program based on our treatments. The program incorporates music and stretching activities every day and expects participation from all levels in the plant, including myself as the plant manager.”



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Lorenzo Drummond
35
Manager, EH&S
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Greensboro, NC


“In 2016, Lorenzo led our site’s Incident Prevention Opportunity (IPO) program and exceeded the company goal by a remarkable 329 percent! The goal was for each employee to report one IPO, and because of Lorenzo’s enthusiasm, passion and concern for employees’ safety, we had a total of 504 incidents reported and prevented. Lorenzo took the program a step further and established a monthly IPO Hero award, where employees were recognized monthly for their individual contributions and received a $25 gift card. Departments were recognized quarterly for having the most IPOs reported. Lorenzo even created a trophy and provided a meal to the quarterly winners.”



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Umar Farooq
30
HSE Engineer
First National Operation & Maintenance Co. Ltd.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


“Umar led multiple campaigns, including Stop Work Authority, People-Based Safety and Injury-Free December, which enabled him to win the trust of people. His unique sense of humor made him the key member in off-the-job activities. He highlights lessons learned from the world-famous book ‘What Went Wrong’ to help people learn from real incidents. His ability to communicate and delegate made him an important team leader within management and employees. He is also the member of the off-the-job safety committee.”



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Awadh Fazal
30
HSE Manager
Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd.
Lahore, Pakistan


“Awadh started off with a management safety audit training to all his peers and management staff, which focuses on how to observe unsafe conditions/acts at sites during safety patrols and audits, how to record them, how to make contact with an employee, and how to maintain a strong follow-up until the observation is closed. Further, he accompanied all managers/peers on safety audits to train them on-site. A WhatsApp group was created for all employees, and it was mandatory for employees to share status of observations on the group and also report unsafe conditions/acts. He also creating sequential art story books based on actual accidents of the past to raise off-the-job safety awareness in families of employees.”



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Nathan Flowers
33
Safety Engineer
American Bridge
Coraopolis, PA


“Nate has demonstrated exceptional leadership as a valued member of Tappan Zee Constructor’s safety team during construction of a 3.1-mile twin span cable stayed bridge over the Hudson River. Some of Nate's contributions:

  • Utilize design and planning methods to include modular bridge erection to minimize fall exposures.
  • Providing safety training for over 2,000 employees.
  • Safety oversight for erection of over 111,000 tons of steel girders without a recordable injury.
  • Safety oversight for placement of over 113,000 tons of precast concrete deck panels without a recordable injury.”


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    Bassma Hegazy
    39
    Senior HSE Assistant
    Egyptian Liquefied Natural Gas (ELNG)
    El Beheira, Egypt


    “Bassma is a self-driven caliber. She strives to initiate campaigns that statistically enhance the quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) scorecards. She believes that safety is a concept that should be transferred to families and community. She initiated the Children’s Safety Day as an off-the-job safety culture transfer. Employees’ children are invited to spend a day on-site and get the safety flavor. They will act as their parents’ safety advocates. The children get to learn about safety in school, street, playground and kitchen. The campaign had a tremendous impact on employees and their families; it worked on driving the employees to lead by example and their children to act as safety ambassadors.”



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    Azuré Hills-Wilson
    35
    Senior Location Safety Manager
    First Student
    Carol Stream, IL


    “Mrs. Azure Hills-Wilson spearheaded the implementation of all contract, corporate, state and federal safety compliance requirements for a new operation. Based in Skokie, IL, she oversaw the operator training and credentialing process to meet customer needs prior to the beginning of the school year. Additionally, she evaluated the new operating area for high-risk intersections and rail crossings, publishing her findings for location staff. With a focus on leading indicators, her leadership efforts led to zero preventable collisions, zero preventable injuries, and zero lost-time injuries throughout the full first year of the operation. Finally, she guided the Skokie location to the top score in the region on its first annual corporate safety compliance audit.”



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    Jonathon Holt
    29
    Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
    Boeing 777X EHS
    Everett, WA


    “He was the engineering design safety focal for the 777X folding wing tip. In the concept design phase, there were many ergonomic concerns with the installation process. Working together with other team members, they identified several improvements, including repositioning sub-components within the design envelope to improve assembly and changing the wing access hole shapes and sizes to improve access. This required the creation of physical and digital mockups of the folding wing tip. The assembly and installation process steps were simulated with production mechanics to comment and further improve the design.”



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    Amber Johnson
    29
    Emergency Management Planner
    Memorial Hermann Health System
    Houston, TX


    “Amber developed and instructed eight hours of regularly conducted specialized training for 16 emergency preparedness officers and organized and evaluated decontamination training for over 150 hospital emergency response members. This led to her Exercise and Evaluation Program validating safety in 20 full-scale, all-hazards exercises, including a specially requested demonstration of Ebola virus preparedness and response procedures from the Texas Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and medical evacuation and decontamination with the U.S. Army and Coast Guard.”



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    Lacey Kastel
    31
    EHS Leader
    Owens Corning
    Dallas, NC


    “Owens Corning has started a homegrown hazard recognition and control process to be very specific about how hazards are eliminated or controlled. Lacey has led the hazard recognition and control process to eliminate risk and certify employees who were trained to perform risk analysis and ensure our work tasks have at least one level of engineering control or higher. Lacey engaged her workforce to take ownership of that work and the solutions that come from it. Lacey has been absolutely essential in the success of the Gastonia, NC, safety system, and this is only one example of her leadership for this facility.”



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    Joseph Kauffman
    37
    Director, Risk & Safety
    Horizon Services Inc.
    Newark, DE


    “Joe worked with our training department to revise the 52-week training calendar to include not just technical trainings but also safety topics, including driver safety, PPE, safe lifting and others. This has led to much better understanding of our policies and a much higher level of satisfaction among our employees. Joe also harnessed technology to identify our opportunities to coach our driving force to be better drivers. This has led to a 50 percent reduction in speeding across the fleet and an improvement of an average safety score from 92 to 96 in the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, the high-performing drivers are sent emails on a weekly basis and their HR manager, operations manager and direct manager are included in that feedback.”



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    Travis Keeney
    31
    Director of Safety & Training
    Tri-City Electric Co.
    Davenport, IA


    “The biggest initiative Travis helped direct was to lower the company’s EMR from 0.93 to a much lower number. It involved many different areas to improve upon in order to ultimately reduce the number of injuries. Travis identified, analyzed and targeted the key indicators and root causes of the injuries that were occurring. From there, he began to implement solutions such as targeted training, revising and developing new task procedures, improving PPE, and several other ideas. He believed in teaching other managers not to just enforce safety but help be coaches to those in the field as well. Through continuous tweaking and steady improvement over the past few years, and through the initiative, he has now successfully helped drive the company EMR down to 0.58.”



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    Mahmood Khamis
    36
    SHE Coordinator
    Aluminium Bahrain
    Askar, Bahrain


    “Mahmood was assigned to handle the organization’s contractor workers’ health and safety issues after a visible decline in their health and safety performance. He studied the contractor workers’ injury trends and visited the workplaces. He initiated the contractor’s monthly meeting, where all contractor management are invited to communicate the organization’s health and safety strategy and urge the contractors to adopt the same. He opened a new communication channel via emails to alert the contractor management about health and safety issues. The outcome of this initiative was outstanding and was labeled as one of the best improvements that the organization attained in term of contractors’ safety management arena.”



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    Jacob Krzystowczyk
    30
    Corporate Industrial Hygienist
    Albemarle
    Baton Rouge, LA


    “Jacob began and led an initiative to completely transform and improve company-wide potent pharmaceutical handling. He worked for six months to secure funding and a contract to provide a qualitative assessment at one of our manufacturing facilities. Jacob then developed a new, improved pharmaceutical categorization tool. The use of this new tool has allowed for quicker, more accurate categorization of new and existing pharmaceuticals. The site can now target extra handling and PPE precautions around the more hazardous materials. By use of this tool, new products can be brought online faster while simultaneously better managing the exposure risks associated with these new materials.”



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    Jennifer Mabry
    33
    Director, SH&E
    AECOM
    Chantilly, VA


    “Jennifer provided support to a three-week joint government audit of an OCONUS facility that has had a historically poor safety record spanning the last four decades. This was a complex and delicate issue with a very important client. Jennifer’s leadership and collaboration with the program team, U.S. regulators and host nation auditors on this matter resulted in an outstanding final report and marked improvements in program performance thereafter. The business impact of this could not be overstated. It ensured our ability to continue supporting this client on this particular project and also afforded us the ability to compete for additional work.”



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    Nerisha Madrazo
    39
    Manager, Global Retail EHS
    The Estee Lauder Companies
    Melville, NY


    “The creation of a course focused on retail middle management happened in under six months. Nerisha developed an engaging, motivating and effective revolutionary program. The course objectives are to make the connection that everyone is a safety leader, discover the value of safety, feel empowered to engage teams to Actively Care, know the tools to prevent injuries, and build a comprehensive action plan. She drove creativity and innovation by developing interactive ways to engage participants. As a result, we’ve seen a 10 percent decrease in our retail TIR this year and a 30 percent reduction in our largest brand.”



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    Kelly Mikkelson
    32
    Canada Business Unit HS Leader
    Environmental Resources Management
    Vancouver, British Columbia


    “Kelly is the spark on the North America H&S team. She challenges everyone. She makes us think about why we became safety professionals and reminds us about our duty to employees, clients and contractors. Kelly is constantly looking toward innovation to ensure staff has the knowledge and competency to manage risk daily right at their fingertips. This was clearly evident in the chairperson role Kelly took on leading the Take Away team for ERM’s Fourth annual global safety day event in 2016, which impacted 5,000 employees in 40 countries and 140 offices. She made sure the event didn’t end after one day, but kept the knowledge sharing going for months.”



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    Ben Miller
    33
    Senior Project Safety Specialist
    Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations
    New Orleans, LA


    “Ben served as the implementer and primary trainer for FFPO’s ‘Speak-Up/Listen-Up’ program. He was a key leader in FFPO’s implementation of the recent redesign of the ES&H requirements for subcontractors. He served as the man in the field, guiding subcontractors and site subcontract managers through the new process, assisting them, coaching them and providing oversight in the field. The results were fewer accidents and injuries and better compliance – and leading indicators – the amount of time necessary for the subcontractors to prepare and provide submittals, and the number of times it took to get them approved. This is a paradigm shift for two cultures, and Ben’s efforts contributed substantially to its success.”



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    Ashley Mitchell
    28
    SHE Specialist
    DuPont
    Cedar Rapids, IA


    “Ashley was presented with an employee concern of manually moving pallets of final product along a conveyor line to be stretch-wrapped. She spent time personally observing and discussing the concern with the individuals involved so she could assess the potential exposures. Recognizing a body movement that presented issues, Ashley obtained the proper measuring tool to measure the forces required to manually move the pallets. When the gauge showed excessive force, Ashley presented the situation to management and advocated purchasing a powered conveyor belt to move the pallets to an automatic stretch wrapper. Ashley prevented a routine workplace ergonomic exposure by simply listening to concerns from an employee and taking the initiative to make a change.”



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    Jarred O’Dell
    34
    Safety Director
    Syracuse Utilities Inc.
    Watertown, NY


    “Jarred created a cohort of supervisors with varying backgrounds, skill sets and levels of responsibility. The purpose of the group was to obtain the Certified Utility Safety Professional credential. The group functioned much like a study group, where the members could come and discuss various topics in preparation for the exam. Group members have stated that this experience has made them more aware of safety issues; however, it has also given them better tools to be a supervisor. In April, all five group members took the exam and are currently waiting for their results. Other supervisors have expressed an interest in participating in a second cohort expected to be formed later this year.”



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    Chris Osterhout
    32
    Manager, Operations Integrity
    Crowley Petroleum Services
    Seattle, WA


    “Chris has a can-do attitude and can think out of the box. Example: Working with the vessel crew and shore-side engineering, he developed a self-retracting safe working platform for servicing equipment in an elevated space that eliminated the ability of the worker to fall from height without the need for fall arrest equipment. The mechanism also incorporated visual indicators for personnel working aloft to alert other crew to the overhead platform, preventing possible impact injuries. Furthermore, the design/spec was shared with vessels of similar construction as a fleet-wide safety improvement.”



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    Travis Parker
    30
    Safety Director
    Lee Mechanical Contractors Inc.
    Park Hills, MO


    “As Travis travels to jobsites across the country, he talks with the management and employees. He observes and praises good safety behaviors and practices, and then spreads them throughout the company as he meets with people at other jobsites. Frequently those discussions lead to a shift in the company’s safety practices and behavior. A specific example is the incorporation of the JSA into the daily routine for every job. At one jobsite, a written JSA was a requirement of the customer. A JSA was developed that was more than just a checklist that was easily pencil whipped. Travis looked at the ‘best practice’ type of JSA and through perseverance got it implemented at all jobsites.”



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    Zeeshan Qureshi
    38
    State Inspector, Process Safety
    SafeWork NSW
    Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia


    “As a regulator, Zeeshan has to lead post-license verification audits of major hazard facilities. The two-day audit is an extensive activity that the assessor organizes, leads the PLV team on-site and reports on areas of improvement in their safety management system. Zeeshan has been outstanding in leading these audits, using his interpersonal skills to build a trusting relationship with the operators. Zeeshan has delivered presentations on forums like ProSafe and assisted in delivering a 4-hour session for new inspectors on process safety. He was composed, very clear in his approach and dealt with questions that were raised during the lecture.”



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    Faiq Rabbani
    32
    Process Safety Engineer
    Engro Fertilizers
    Daharki, Pakistan


    “Faiq led the emergency response simulation drill with the National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan, in which he prepared nearby villages for emergency response through awareness, training and establishing crisis management by engaging with local notables. In this national-level drill, emergency response of site, nearby villages, district government and armed forces were tested and Engro received a lot of praise at national level by developing such a good response team in villages and at the site. He also developed a booklet for off-the-job safety and distributed it in all houses of Engro colony to improve safety.”



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    Chad Rasmussen
    29
    Senior EHS Specialist
    Medtronic PLC
    Crystal Lake, IL


    “From 2015 to 2016, while the site was searching to replace its environmental health and safety manager, Chad stepped up to manage the site with emphasis on safety and compliance. He has been instrumental in establishing eight separate safety committees while also championing the site's Green Team. Chad is currently the lead trainer for all new hire orientations. He was promoted to the senior specialist position in June 2016 in part because of his ability as a leader of the EHS programs. Chad received his CSP certification in December 2016. Chad has been designated as a corporate compliance auditor within Medtronic.”



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    Meghan Shambach
    26
    Regional EH&S Manager
    Harsco Industrial
    East Stroudsburg, PA


    “Meghan’s safety philosophy involves off-site employees having the same safety processes and procedures as on-site employees. The Field Technician Dispatch Process enables off-site employees to understand where the emergency exits and escape routes are in case of fire and dispatch checklist to enable proper lifting assembly tools to prevent manual handling injuries. In addition, off-site employees are provided mobile gas detectors/carbon monoxide detectors to alert them if the room has been compromised prior to entering and during the repair process. Since its implementation, field service employees have gone five years without a lost-time incident.”



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    Nathan Slavin
    36
    Director of Safety
    The Bozzuto Group
    Greenbelt, MD


    “Nathan’s expectations for each and every worker on all of our projects has been a big help to guide a clear message that safety is important. Nathan is currently working with our marketing team to put a face and name with this initiative that we are calling S.A.F.E. – Stop And Focus Every time. The goal of this slogan is to relate everyday life to work activities. When we go to the gym, everyone stretches before lifting 50 pounds. How many of us stretch before we lift 50 pounds at work? We all know how to work safely and protect ourselves, but if we Stop And Focus Every time we perform a task, we can achieve the goal of going home safely every day.”



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    David Smith
    34
    Principal Safety Advisor
    HollyFrontier Refining
    West Bountiful, UT


    “David served as our Principal Safety Advisor during our company’s largest capital project expansion. It was a three-year project that ran 24-hour days with over 500 contractors on-site at any given time. He oversaw many aspects of the project safety program, including creating a project safety management plan, tracking/trending safety performance, motivating contractor groups to measure leading indicator data, onboarding new employees, developing/facilitating training programs, conducting incident investigations, risk management, implementing observation programs, revamping our confined space audit program, providing technical consulting, and acting as an SME.”



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    Jeremiah Wallace
    36
    Safety Specialist II
    Alliant Energy
    Mineral Point, WI

     

    “Jeremiah identified a fall protection issue for employees working on substation transformers. The issue was rather complex due to the transformer configuration and required a great deal of research on his part. In the end, Jeremiah found a viable solution and gained buy-in from the employees who use the product. In addition to an expert understanding of our energy delivery business, Jeremiah possesses a strong understanding of our power generation business. He used that understanding during a ground-up revision of our lockout/tagout procedure. Without his willingness to immerse himself in the topic, the lockout/tagout procedure would have been severely delayed while a revision was very necessary.”

     



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    Jeff Winter
    35
    Director, Safety Practice
    Grantek Systems Integration
    Oak Brook, IL


    “Jeff used his safety experience to help reshape the delivery of Grantek’s largest safety project. He improved internal processes for accurately estimating risk, verifying safety design and validating safety installation. In addition, Jeff collaborated with the executive leadership team of this Fortune 500 company on integrating this safety upgrade project into a sustainable machine safety program. Jeff led the development efforts on their corporate machine safety program, including program policies, audit protocols, safety engineering specifications, project processes, and training. The most unique part of this project was developing a custom web-based tool used by the EHS team to track the progress and improvement of machine safety upgrades across all equipment.”



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    Randel Wright
    38
    SSH&E Coordinator
    ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. (URC)
    Houston, TX


    “Randel is a supporter of the Learn, Understand, Act, and Share model. He directed the development of a video series to communicate how the brain works and to explain associated failure modes. The project stressed the importance of procedural discipline driving safe behaviors, as well as the importance of procedures complementing expertise and competence. What started as focus for his organization soon grew into a broader multi-organizational discussion. The videos have been shared across multiple organizations within his corporation and the messaging also was adapted for use in the office environment. In addition, he shared his knowledge and understanding of the subject cross-functionally through keynote presentations.”