The Distribution Contractors Association has named Nate Healy, director of HSE at Michels Corp., as the 2020 Safety Director of the Year.
Maintaining the health and safety of the people working on jobsites and those in close proximity to construction projects is always a rigorous undertaking, made even more challenging in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. Through many unanticipated and unexpected occurrences, Healy demonstrated strong leadership when assessing situations and developing best practices, according to a Michels company statement. At the same time, Healy helped Michels Corp., Michels Utility Services Inc. and the industry focus on prevention and mitigation of incidents.
Since the onset of COVID-19, Healy has participated in an internal response team at Michels tasked with developing plans, researching transmission and prevention strategies, establishing policies and refining procedures, policies and workflows while determining how to keep employees safe while performing and supporting critical infrastructure work.
Healy also helped develop a guide to help field leaders assess the risks of their surroundings during times of civil unrest.
“Nate’s ability to break down emotionally charged situations into manageable components resulted in a consistent tool for assessing potential threats,” said Sean Nicholson, vice president of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE).
Healy has been honing his HSE skills since joining Michels 12 years ago as an intern and advancing through multiple roles. Because he has worked in various capacities, Healy looks at workflows and processes from a field perspective, as well as administrative and leadership perspectives.
“His ability to relate to field workers, many of whom he worked side by side with on mainline pipelines, as well as executive level customer representatives is a unique and valued skill set and we appreciate the balance and perspective he brings to Michels,” said Pete Fojtik, president of Michels Utility Services.
Healy is one of four directors leading the Michels HSE team in the United States.
The award was presented by Ben Nelson, president of Michels Pacific Energy Inc. and currently serving as president of the DCA.