At Milburn there are a few constants when it comes to safety. One is that we bring the highest level of service to every project, and another is that we work with the utmost safety of every individual in mind.
There’s a reason we’ve never had a Safety Director until now. We’ve always operated with the conviction that Safety is something each and everyone one of us participates in, not something “taught” by a person with a fancy degree and clean boots.
Yeye E. Rosales brings us the type of Safety Director demolition companies usually only dream about—someone who came up in the field, with intimate first-hand knowledge of the types of hazards that our team faces. We’re incredibly grateful for his leadership, humility, and experience, and we trust him to continue the grass-roots culture around safety at Milburn as we grow and expand. Yeye will take on the work of synchronizing and implementing a comprehensive safety plan that will fulfill safety mandates from Chicago to Florida.
Rosales is well known around Milburn. As foreman, he’s a constant presence on the field, and a reliable mentor when it comes to new team members. His knowledge is impressive, but the way he cares about people is the primary reason he’s the perfect choice for Safety Director.
Nothing Lost In Translation
“We’ve always done training, regardless of who I have worked with, but guys have always come to me and said “what did they say during the training?” Rosales is the person others look to for help, support, information—and translation. Many of our employees at MIlburn speak Spanish as their first language. Amid the noise and hubbub of a jobsite, translating technical information is just another task that they may not have time for.
“I want to make sure everyone understands what’s happening, so they can be safe at work. My dad was in demolition, and I grew up going to safety trainings. It’s important to me that nothing gets missed because of a language issue. When I’m looking out for our guys, I’m looking out for their families, too.”
As a bilingual liaison between safety information and the practical application of that info, Rosales’ goal is to ensure that each person has a thorough understanding of what’s being taught.
Knowledge of Demolition Hazards
“I appreciate OSHA 10, OSHA 30, and trainings like that, but they’re really general,” Rosales notes. His focus for improved safety at Milburn is to make sure that people are getting trained specifically for hazards that affect their role.
“I put together safety plans for the jobs that are taking place that address the hazards found on that particular job.”
Rosales says people often think of demolition as dangerous because of sharp or falling objects, but the real menace to look out for can be more subtle. Silica dust, asbestos, lead, cadmium, and other toxic materials can have a negative—and more sinister— impact on workers’ health, because they are invisible threats.
We’ve always been committed to safety. Appointing Yeye E. Rosales to Safety Director is our way of upping our commitment to safety, and to the health of our whole team. Our partners and customers will reap the rewards, and so will our employees and their families.
“What I tell the guys is that I want them all to be able to do what I do, train the way I train, know what I know. I want to train somebody to know that they can take my job.”
^^ That’s the kind of attitude you want in a Safety Director.^^Back to all Blogs & News