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Healy named DCA Safety Director of the Year

Congratulations to Nate Healy, Director of HSE, who was named 2020 Safety Director of the Year by the Distribution Contractors Association.

Maintaining the health and safety of our people 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, Nate demonstrated strong leadership when assessing situations and developing best practices. At the same time, he helped Michels Corporation, Michels Utility Services, Inc., and the industry focus on prevention and mitigation of incidents.

Since the onset of COVID-19, Nate has participated in an internal response team 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.

Nate 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).

Nate has been honing his HSE skills since joining Michels 12 years ago as an intern and advancing through multiple roles. Because Nate has worked in various capacities, he 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, Michels Utility Services, Inc.  

Nate is one of four directors leading the Michels HSE team in the United States.

The award was presented by Ben Nelson, President, Michels Pacific Energy, Inc. Ben is serving as president of the DCA.

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