Thompson named Everyday Safety Hero
Orrville Area Safety Council presented Tony Thompson with the first Everyday Safety Hero Award at their Awards & CEO Breakfast on Wednesday, May 8.
The award was created to provide Orrville Area employers the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge individuals who have championed workplace safety and health excellence in their respective workplace.
Tony Thompson, Construction Manager at Habitat for Humanity Wayne County, was the first recipient of this new recognition award.
Thompson has been with Habitat for Humanity since 2015. Upon starting as Construction Manager, he attended an Occupational Safety & Environmental Association Certification class to become a competent safety leader. He then set up policies and procedures to ensure safety on all Habitat building sites. Thompson continues to keep his certification up-to-date with ongoing training.
In 2018, Habitat recorded 1,115 volunteers on construction sites putting in 5,768 hours of volunteer labor all under Thompson's supervision.
“Tony has never had a reportable accident occur on his worksites! Considering that most of his work crew are volunteers, not professionals in the construction trade, this is quite a feat.” Remarked Beth Weaver, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Wayne County. “He makes sure that his sites are in top working order and volunteers, often unfamiliar working with their hands, are comfortable and safe.”
Thompson received the award surrounded by many of his co-workers and worksite volunteers. All were elated to attend the breakfast as they arrived adorning “injured” costumes including bandages, braces, crutches, wrist wraps, and even a wounded head wrap.
Thompson was very grateful to be recognized for his efforts and credited his crew for Habitats safety records. “I could not accomplish this without my crew, they are the reason my efforts for providing a safe environment payoff”
Thompson was given a plaque to hang, an engraved notepad and pen to carry on worksites as a reminder of his commitment to workplace safety.