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Where do you live (city, state, country)?
Just back on here after sitting idle for a few months. Im in Phoenix AZ now.
What industry do you work in?
Construction
What is your job title?
Regional Safety Coordinator
What company do you work for or associate with?
Pauley Construction / Quanta Services
Do you currently use or recommend Personal Protective Equipment?
Yes
How did you find our online community?
Through Safety osmosis & Telepathy and a little birdie!
What best describes the role you play in the purchase of safety products?
Other

A Little About ME!

Out Dated I will update soon... 1-29-10

I currently work in Wind Energy for the leader in wind turbine production, GE. This is a new and old industry for me. I started in construction at the tender age of 17 and within three years became a journeyman carpenter. By the time I was 21 I had broken both ankles, thrown out my back and other countless cuts, bruises and strains. I went into facility management with the idea that I can save my body from damage and slowly learned that each job I took presented new dangers.

I started in Safety working for a dental laboratory in1997. I was sent to OSHA trainings and was tasked with getting the company compliant; which I did in a matter of months. I moved out of laboratory work into manufacturing in the tech field in Northern California. You have probably seen the products we manufactured in our facility in the airports around the country. I worked various EHS jobs and had my own business until 2006 when I landed a Safety Manager position with one of the largest homebuilders in the country. I was able to hone my skills and develop my own style of Safety Management (yes there is a style). Until the housing market flopped I had a great career. I have been very lucky in a sense, my next job came from networking at my OSHA 501 and I was recruited into the drilling industry.

While traveling I came to the realization that it was possible for a grunt like me to find a job that I completely love. I can’t believe how easy it was to sit in an office for two years, eat fast food and become complacent. My new gig motivated me to practice my preaching and get back in shape and focus more on my own health. The best part was I was feeling great and what’s more, focusing on a long-term career in safety while learning a new industry. The drilling company allowed me to hone my training skills with a larger audience; 200 people staring at me was a little daunting at first but after a while its cake. I learned a whole range of divisions of drilling, Water Treatment, Mining, Geology. I also learned that rough necks are bigger babies than carpenters.

2008 and I love my job traveling with the drilling company. Unknown to me, the same OSHA training that yielded one opportunity was going to present another. I received a call in August from a gentleman that had my phone number on his desk for over a year. He was from a child company owned by General Electric and wanted to know if I was interested in working with them on wind energy projects around the country. I had to make a decision, stay with a great company and continue to travel or move to a very large company travel less and work in a rapidly growing industry that is just gaining steam. I knew that mining was down and the economy was taking a turn, which meant drilling was down as well. I remember listening to the debates and hearing that more money was being routed to the wind industry. That was it; I called that gentleman back and started the process to get into wind turbine construction. By October I started my OJT in Texas and by November I had my own site in Illinois. Here I am today its hovering around 0 degrees, snow on the ground, thousand miles from friends and family and I am just as excited today about safety as I was 11 years giving my first orientation. The industry in moving forward in a great direction with new technology and standards that more and more workers in all industries are having their lives saved by our work.

If I were asked to give a little advice to those just getting into safety in any capacity is. Always keep the ones who are on the front lines exposed to the hazards first. Money is no reason to put lives in danger. All injuries change lives in some form. Establish a safety culture in your workplace to evoke change; this is the most difficult task.

Peace,

Jon

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Im Baaaack!

Well after some soul searching and a lot of luck I found a new place to continue my career. After deciding to scrap renewing my contract for GE Wind I decided to spend my savings hanging out and vacationing for almost four months. Just when I thought the job search was hopless I recieved a call for an interview on a resume I tossed out there back in March of 2009. I beat out 2500 other safety pros for the job and landed back in Phoenix my serogate home town. Im working for a construction… Continue

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 4:20pm

Back into the Job Hunt

I’m looking to get out of the wind industry and back home to AZ for a more stable life. I have traveled for work for the past two years and it has been a fantastic experience. I have met and seen some great things and I cannot tell you how much it has humbled me to inject myself with so many cultures. Now its time for me to get back home. I am currently looking for work in AZ or Southern California anywhere in the Safety Fields. Please feel free to contact me if you have any information on Jobs… Continue

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 8:57am

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At 1:42pm on March 4, 2009, Frank V. Quarato said…
Hi Jon. I want to welcome you to the safety community social network. Sounds like you have a lot of safety experiences and you've been through a lot. I am new to this social network and invite you to add me as a friend. As a safety trainer I teach OSHA, DEP, DOT and MHSA courses. Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information. Frank.
At 7:47am on February 19, 2009, Mark Balduzzi said…
Hey Jon,
Welcome aboard!
I look forward to engaging you in constructive dialogue about the practical application of safety in the workplace. Changing the culture - ever so hard to do - but not much value comes from the path of least resistance!
Mark B
Mark B
At 6:04pm on February 18, 2009, Ken Oswald said…
Jon, Welcome to the safety community. It is a great resource to share and gain more safety information. I am sure we will benefit from your safety exerience in all our groups and discussions. Again welcome.
At 7:00am on January 15, 2009, Jay D. Rohman said…
Hi Jon! Welcome to Online Safety Community’s Construction and Green groups. Does your organization have a health and wellness program? Would you be open to sharing some information about it with me if you do? Thanks! Jay Rohman - www.EncouragingSafety.com
At 10:07am on January 13, 2009, John Miley said…
Jon welcome to the Safety Community. I hope you will find the Safety Community to be a tremendous resource to meet your goals. If you have the time, we would benefit from your knowledge and experience with Forum discussion(s).
 
 
 

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