Do you take safety home with you? If so, how?
Yes. With a 4- and 2-year-old around the house, safety is of the utmost importance. Starting from securing doors, cabinets, and utilities to bike and water safety. I also continuously encourage my team and contractors to take the safety knowledge we utilize on-site back home with them to support their families and communities.
What is/was your position and how long have you been in the position?
I am a Production and Maintenance Manager for Morton Salt, and have worked at the company’s site in Long Beach, CA for 6 years.
What has been the greatest challenge in your career?
My greatest challenge has been influencing the mindsets of others to accept change. Examples of this change include heightening an individual’s personality to strengthening the process or way they perform tasks at work to be safer and more efficient.
“VPPPA is a huge resource for VPP Star sites. The conferences held each year always provide me and my fellow coworkers with several ideas that we can implement at our facility. I am very thankful for our facility being a VPP Star site and having the backing and support of the VPPPA."
-Stacey Craig, Pattern Maker, Clow Valve Metal Casting Facility
“Prairie State’s VPPPA membership has been very helpful as our organization strives to become a STAR site. VPPPA offers their members the tools, support, and networking opportunities necessary to building a best-in-class safety process. Whether you are an organization working towards their STAR certification or a STAR site working to continuously raise their process to the next level, VPPPA provides benefits at a value that can’t be matched.”
-Michael Yusko, Corporate Safety Manager Prairie State Generating Company