Who: Brian Trusky, 42, Fort Lauderdale
Title: Vice president of loss prevention for Moss & Associates, a Fort Lauderdale-based construction company, founded in 2004 by Bob L. Moss.
Start date: Promoted June 2008; joined the firm in 2004 as safety director
Experience: 1999 to 2004, Centex Rooney, safety director. He is currently a guest speaker and presenter at numerous local safety committee meetings and training in construction safety, health, stormwater and environmental permitting
Education: Masters of arts in industrial and labor relations and a Bachelor of Science in safety sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Certifications include construction outreach instructor; competent person trainer in fall protection; competent person training in scaffold erection; concrete reinforcement training; welding/cutting and burning training; and certified in Red Cross first aid and CPR.
Awards/honors: Received the 2013 Safety Professional of the Year in the general contractor category by the Construction Association of South Florida on April 12. To qualify for this award, the nominee has to be from a company that has not had a fatality during the 2012 calendar year, any OSHA citations, and a Recordable Incident Rate below the national average for construction.
What does this recognition mean to you? First, it is an honor to be recognized and respected by your peers and the industry. Also, it provides assurance to both the company and me that we remain consistent with our goals. Moss has won more than 30 Sunshine State Safety Awards from the University of South Florida's Safety Consultation Program. The company has been recognized five times by OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and has been the recipient of awards from Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, including seven Gold Safety Awards — six for specific job sites and one for overall company program excellence. It has also received 11 Associated Builders & Contractors STEP — Safety Awards, five of which are national awards.
Top goal this year in your job: To ensure safety remains a value of all employees on our projects and that all employees return home to their families and loved ones each and every day.
Industry wisdom: Patience is critical when it comes to construction safety. Most of the time we are trying to change a culture rather than someone's behavior or attitude. This is no easy task, and it doesn't happen overnight.
On the side: Enjoys outdoor activities like swimming, diving, biking, running and hiking.
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