By: Cullen Irish Safety Director
We’d like to introduce you to Cullen Irish.
As Chamberlin’s Safety Director, Cullen is responsible for ensuring our crews know how to get the job done in the safest possible manner. To give you an idea of how Cullen approaches his work, we talked with him about his responsibilities and philosophies. Here’s what he had to say…
“Safety! Safety! Safety! It’s 100 percent of my job. It’s unusual for a company in our industry to have someone completely dedicated to safety. I think it goes to show that Chamberlin’s commitment to safety is very strong.
On a day-to-day basis my job has two primary parts: training and on-site inspections. I do training for respiratory equipment use and needs, fall protection, suspended scaffolding use, guidelines for flagmen, CPR and other topics. I also visit the job sites and make sure our crews are operating within safety requirements.”
“My philosophy is ‘behavioral safety.’ My degree is in Psychology. So, I believe people have to have a reason to do anything. It all comes down to motivation. We have to give people a good reason to buy-in to our safety program. Otherwise, they’ll only follow it when it suits them.
My goal is not to hand out citations to our crews, but to help our people understand how they can work safer and why they need to work safely. When I am on a job site, I am not the guy who comes out and just tells people what they’re doing wrong. If I see someone being unsafe, I talk to them and ask them if they think what they’re doing is safe. Then, I ask them how they could work more safely and show them what they need to do to work within company guidelines.
We have an excellent safety incentive program, which involves our guys in the safety initiative, provides immediate reinforcement to our crews, recognizes people who have been safe, and trains or eliminates the people who have not been safe.”
- More than 25 years in construction (The latter half devoted to safety)
- A Member of the American Society of Safety EngineersContinuing education at Clemson University with the National Center for Construction
- Education and Research (NCCER)
- OSHA 10-hour trainingPursuing recertification as an OSHA Trainer