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A Case Study: How one of Nebraska's Safest Companies Approaches Safety |Eric Grundke, Kiewit | January 24, 2019
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Session and Speaker Bios
A Case Study: How one of Nebraska's Safest Companies Approaches Safety-
Eric Grundke, Kiewit
Presentation Information: 2019 will mark Kiewit Building Group’s 30th anniversary as a Nebraska’s Safest Company award recipient. This session outlines the approach utilized by Kiewit in becoming one of Nebraska’s safest companies. Through a unique approach, Kiewit has been successful in implementing a system driven by a culture of caring, sharing and learning. Mr. Grundke will address key aspects of a robust system including management commitment, safety leadership, individual habits and behaviors and cultural development.
Speaker Information: Eric Grundke is director of safety of Kiewit Energy Group at Kiewit Corporation. With responsibility for helping Kiewit’s more than 20,000 staff and craft employees in North America operate safely, Eric is passionate about leading the company’s Nobody Gets Hurt safety vision. Eric takes a boots-on-the-ground approach to engage, foster and grow a proactive safety culture. Eric is dedicated to ensuring Kiewit’s incident rate continues to stay well below the industry average while his goal for incidents, regardless of whether or not they are recordable, remains fixed at zero.
Eric began his career with Kiewit in 1987. During his time at the company, he has served as a project engineer, superintendent, lead estimator, safety manager and district safety manager, before moving into his current Kiewit safety leadership role in 2008. He has worked on many notable projects, including the S-Curve project for the Michigan Department of Transportation, where he supervised 15,524 hours with zero accidents.
Eric holds a bachelor’s of science degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University. He is the current chairperson of the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Kiewit is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations in North America. The company has revenues of more than $9 billion in 2017.
Fatalities in Region 7-
Jeff Funke, OSHA
Presentation Information: Mr. Funke will review the causes of fatalities in region 7 and provide examples of fatalities/injuries and review which OSHA standards applied and why the hazard did/did not receive a citation. This informative session will provide insight into the importance of safety not only to your employee’s life but also financially for the organization
Speaker Information: Jeff Funke is currently the Area Director for the Omaha, Nebraska Office of OSHA. Mr. Funke began his career with OSHA in 2001 as an Industrial Hygienist in the Billings, Montana Area Office of OSHA. During his 15 year tenure with the agency, Funke has served as Assistant Area Director for the Mobile, Alabama Area Office of OSHA and as the Area Director in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Funke has a Masters Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech of the University of Montana and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health for Boise State University. Mr. Funke has been a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) since 2005.
The Day We Will Remember-
Presentation Information: Through a combination of personal stories, shared stories from Ricky’s own circle and life lessons, Ricky Rollins presents a dynamic, inspiring message that motivates the listener to identify at-risk scenarios in their own lives, at work or at home, to help make their lives and the lives of their trusted circle members more safe.
Speaker Information: Ricky graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management. He spent many years in steel operations. After his entry into the steel business as a Melting Department clerk, Ricky held various management and hourly positions with Refractory and Steel companies, gaining a wealth of experience in steel operations. Ricky became a key team player in the construction and start-up of Steel Dynamics, Inc. until his retirement in January 2017. Passionate about the steel industry and its unique safety challenges that he knows firsthand, Ricky searched for a way to give back and share his ideas about the responsibility of safety that extends beyond one’s personal protection. Ricky now travels around the world, inspiring people to think smarter about safety and how it affects their circles of inter-personal relationships.
Being a Leader in Safety Even When You're Not the Boss-
Presentation Information: Coming soon
Speaker Information: Brian is a career safety professional with more than 34 years of experience. He currently works for a large utility company in the Minneapolis area. Brian Alexander uses experience in workplace safety to partner with companies who celebrate safety as one of their core corporate values. During this upbeat presentation he simplifies many of the key factors that encourage a personal commitment to safety. His energy and passion for safety, with a touch of humor, makes Brian a speaker you won’t want to miss.
Building a Culture of Safety Accountability-
Presentation Information: It's time to equip your people for better communication. Do some of your workers see others taking dangerous risks yet say nothing? Why don't they speak up? How often does someone speak up, but experience retaliation for it later? With this presentation you can expect a deeply serious approach that is engaging, humorous, and effective at getting to the root causes of miscommunication and points you towards greater safety productivity.
Speaker Information: Tom Esch’s multi-faceted background, working in and for complex organizations in a wide range of settings, makes him a uniquely qualified consultant and keynote speaker. Tom works with health care companies, counties, cities, construction companies, business analysts, attorneys, executives, owners, managers and non-profit executives to grow interpersonal awareness and foster effective communication. He is an expert in helping people have challenging conversatoins that end on a positive note.
Preparing for an Active Shooter and Workplace Violence-
Stash Dwornicki, NSCN
Presentation Information: Unfortunately, our society is experiencing an increase in violent events. It is important to know that what to do before the police are able to respond. This session will review safety tips, what to look for, how to de-escalate the situation before it becomes dangerous and what action to take once it becomes dangerous.
Speaker Information: Mr. Stash Dwornicki is a Safety Consultant at the National Safety Council, Nebraska (NSCN). He is responsible for safety training, assisting with custom safety solutions and advisory services for the NSCN. Mr. Dwornicki has created programs such as the Silica Compliance Training for the Construction Industry & General Industry. He has worked as a Workplace Safety Advisor for organizations who do not have a safety person on staff. He has helped create policies and safety plans for small and large companies. In addition, he teaches OSHA Training courses at NSCN and onsite at other organizations. Stash is a resource to be utilized for all things safety.
Prior to his employment at NSCN, Mr. Dwornicki served as the Safety and Training Manager for a major emergency response vehicle manufacturer in the greater Omaha area. He was responsible for OSHA compliance, all safety programs and training, as well as development of trade specific training for skilled workers.
Previously, he worked as a manager supervising (9) field technicians for a worldwide rental company, working in the Oil and Gas industry in the Powder River Basin and Bakken oil fields. He also has experience working in the physical security and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Dwornicki served as an Infantry Officer for four years in the Marine Corps, including two deployments to Afghanistan.
Safety, It's a Wonderful Life-
Presentation Information This session celebrates those responsible for the safety of others and reminds them of the profound effect they have on people’s lives. In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey gets the opportunity to see the difference he made in the lives of the people in Bedford Falls. That is a great correlation to those that are responsible for the safety of others – they never get to see the accidents and injuries they prevented.
Dale Lesinski’s area of expertise is in Communication, Sales and Marketing – he just happens to have over 26 years in the safety industry. Throughout the years of assisting companies and helping them to improve their safety culture and performance, Dale has compiled some common key components that are integral in positively affecting your employees.
This session is filled with many takeaway ideas that can be implemented immediately- and, most importantly- delivers the required PASSION every Safety Professional needs to make a difference.
If your batteries could use a recharge – this fun, interactive and upbeat session is for you!
Improving your Safety Culture is not as Tough as you Think-
Presentation Information: This session will cover several key components to culture change and identify the most common mistakes. Many companies desire to have a positive safety culture and eliminate injuries but they just don’t know how to do it. Therefore, they default into conventional means and hope to get lucky. “The Safe 4 Culture Changer Program” delivers what to do and how to do it. Attendees will walk away with fresh ideas and new approaches to improving their safety culture.
Investment: $139 Member | $169 Nonmember (Includes Lunch)
Location: National Safety Council, Nebraska | 11620 M Cirlce | Omaha, NERegister for the Safe 4 Culture Changer Workshop
Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce-
Presentation Information: Leading A Multi-Generational Workforce is focused on educating, motivating and training your audience on the communication challenges that exist between generations but, more importantly, the tools and skills needed to successfully navigate these interactions. Once we understand and break down the different communication, motivation and leadership styles of the generations, we are able to open up a whole new understanding of our engagements. Your audience will walk away from this presentation with a research-proven three-step process to maximizing communication with each generation that they can implement today.
Speaker Information: Ryan W. Bouda and JoAnn W. Bouda are founding partners of LEAP Training & Coaching, a coaching organization focused on building leadership, strengthening organizations and creating a culture which elevates communication, engagement and innovation in the workplace. JoAnn is an executive and team building coach with more than 16 years of experience transforming leaders and teams in Fortune 500 companies. Ryan is an expert in Conversational Intelligence® who specializes in executive/leadership coaching, team building, culture change, and communication dynamics. More recently, Ryan and JoAnn have begun educating individuals on generational diversity and working to maximize each generation's contribution to the workplace.
Steve Gilliland- TBA
How Do You Want to be Remembered?-
Speaker Information: A teacher, coach, middle school principal, and powerful speaker, Kent Stock is also the man who coached the Norway baseball team during their now-famous final season. As depicted in the 2007 film, The Final Season, the nationally recognized Norway baseball team came together under then first-year head baseball coach Kent Stock to defy the odds and win Norway’s 20th state title in what would become the team’s final season before merging with a bigger, neighboring school district. Kent authored a book titled, “Heading for Home: My Journey from Little League to Hollywood” outlining his life’s journey and the behind the scenes stories of filming a movie
Kent was born and raised in Ankeny, Iowa where he excelled at baseball. Kent continued his baseball career at Waldorf College and Luther College. In 1985 he began a teaching and coaching career that spanned 23 years. Today, Kent is a vice-president at Community Savings Bank in Robins.
Kent currently lives in Marion, IA with his wife Laurie and two teenage daughters.
Note: No breakfast series sessions will be held in May or December. Safe at Work Breakfast Series meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month.