Mike Palmer is SHN’s 2016 Safety Champion
SHN’s Safety Committee awarded Mike the title of 2016 Safety Champion plus a $100 Visa gift card. Over 16 years, Mike has been safely working in a wide range of fields efforts at SHN, including drilling, excavations, confined space entry, mines, and asbestos and lead sampling and monitoring, without an accident or injury or lost work time. That’s over 33,000 hours! He is consistently safety vigilant, making sure that we are aware of near misses and close calls, and that we address conditions that created those potential problems. Mike has recently taken responsibility for the safety program of our Redding office, working with Max Kaufman in our Eureka office, and Mike Foget, our Corporate Health and Safety Manager.
SHN’s Safety Reward and Recognition Program identifies safety conscious staff by open nominations of any staff member, by staff members. Nominations are emailed to Max, including the name of the nominee and a description of the nominee’s outstanding safety performance.
Employee health and safety is critical to SHN’s sustainability, values, and mission, and because employees frequently work in construction and industrial settings, injury risk is high. According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one in five worker deaths occur in construction. However, safety programs are effective; in 1972, the rate of worker injuries and illnesses was 10.9 incidents per 100 workers. In 2015, this rate is 3.0 per 100 workers.
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