Q: What is your official title at Milburn, and what are your typical responsibilities?
A: As the Corporate Safety Director I am in charge of overall safety for the company. When jobs get awarded I discuss the project details with the appointed Superintendent. The Superintendent describes the procedure of demolition. I then determine the hazards involved and create a safety plan spelling out the task, hazards associated with the task, and controls used to protect workers and prevent incidents. It is my job to communicate with the site supervisor and make sure they have all the right safety equipment and answer any questions they have.
I perform training for all employees as needed.
Q: What was your work history before coming to Milburn?
A: I’ve been in this industry for over 20 years. I am a second-generation demo guy. My father was a demolition laborer, he would take me to safety meetings where I learned a lot about safety.
After high school, I started my career as a demolition worker. After a few years in the field, I was promoted to supervisor. I continued to educate myself in safety. I am an authorized OSHA instructor and have been doing training for over 12 years.
I’ve managed a lot of demolition projects throughout the nation. I’ve done everything from gutting small office buildings to wrecking high-rise buildings, worked in wastewater treatment plants, water storage tanks, and bridge demolition. I’ve worked with heavy equipment such as cranes equipped with wrecking balls, concrete crushers, backhoes, and I’ve been on jobs where we used explosives.
Q: What do you enjoy about your current job?
A: Most of all I enjoy working with a solid group of guys. Everyone is open to learning and I enjoy teaching. The workers relate to me and I relate to them.
Q: How is working at Milburn different than other companies you’ve worked for?
A: Milburn has a more modern point-of-view, as opposed to the old-school mentality that so many companies in this industry have. Milburn is open to new ideas for safety, which is a big deal to me. If somebody doesn’t know how to do something, we should teach them. We don't discipline employees, we train them.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time outside of work?
A: My free time is my family time. I am very involved with my kids’ sports and school activities. I make time to spend with my wife alone once a week, call it a date night or date breakfast. I think open communication is key to a solid family foundation.
I do computer graphics and logo design on the side, mostly for fun. I also enjoy long hikes and photography.Meet More of the Team