Since our beginning in 1977, East & Westbrook has a dedicated Safety Professional whose sole purpose is making sure we all go home safe. At E&W we see two ways to approach safety: problem-solving-persistence or resignation. There is no third option with cut corners and people in harm’s way, and seeing it’s not in our nature to fall under the pressure of progress, we choose option one. We choose safety by design. We choose to own safety. This means when others ask “how can we do this” we ask “how can we do this safely”, knowing that at the end of the day we are all responsible for everyone’s safety. E&W tackles this small language change but huge operational hurdle by gathering around the table and planning on where footers and walls are going and how they are going there safely.
“We choose safety by design. We choose to own safety”
In order to ensure our team has the right support to get the job done safely, E&W sticks to its roots by keeping a team of safety professionals looking over all job sites. We are lucky to have a team with safety backgrounds ranging from military, fire fighting and construction. All of these team members go out of their way to make sure the E&W projects & team run smoothly and safe. To learn more, keep reading below as we hear from each member of the Safety Team.Click to Read More
Our Newest Team Members
Ian joins the team with over 20 years in emergency services including as a firefighter, paramedic and law enforcement officer. Ian’s experience doesn’t stop there, he also has direct safety experience of over 7 years. In Ian’s short time with us he already speaks to the culture saying, “everyone has been incredibly supportive”.
Outside of work, Ian spends time with his wife, two kids and two giant German Shepherds.
Cold or Hot: “Cold for sure.”
Movie: “The Goonies.”
Randi joins the team with a background in safety education, including field work in water surveying and internships as a safety professional. Randi is looking forward to gaining experience in the field of safety. When asked how things were going so far Randi responded, “Great! I love the culture and the family atmosphere here.”
Outside of work, Randi spends time with her boyfriend and two cats. If not at home, you can catch Randi playing roller derby.
Tool of Choice: “My brain.”
Movie: “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”
Car or Truck: “I currently drive a Mazda 3, I would like to own a Ford F-150 someday.”
Leland joins the team with a background in firefighting and safety. When asked how things were going and what he was looking forward to at E&W Leland responded, “I’ve been here long enough to know this is my new home. I look forward to expanding my skill set and continuing to learn from the E&W team.”
Outside of work Leland spends time with his wife, with a kid on the way! If caught at home you might find Leland cooking. Outside the house, chances are he’s tracking down 16th-18th century militaria.
Best Skill: “Problem solving. I learned in the fire service to lay out flowcharts in my head, and developed the ability to act or react quickly.”
Bucket List Adventure: “Italy. No better place to be than the Vatican Museum, or the Forum.”
Movie: “Lawrence of Arabia.”
The Rest of the Team
Amber joined the E&W team over two years ago with a Occupational Safety & Health Degree with Safety Professional internships at three different firms. When asked about her time thus far with E&W Amber responded, “I work with a fun, knowledgeable, and experienced team of safety professionals that all have the same goals as myself, to protect the company and most importantly, to ensure each person goes home safe at the end of each work day.”
Outside of work you can find Amber spending time with her immediate family and 42 aunts and uncles. When not at home or with family, you can find Amber relaxing at the lake fishing.
Car or Truck: “Car, Honda.”
Cold or Hot: “HOT.”
Movie: “The Grinch that Stole Christmas, Hacksaw Ridge and The Notebook.”
Roger joined the E&W team as an Army veteran with 43 years of construction-safety experience involving the two largest tunnels in Kentucky. Roger has been with the team about eight months now, saying “things are going well and I look forward to continuing to help the company & team stay safe”.
Outside of work, Roger spends time with his four kids and two grandkids. If he’s not with his family, you can likely find Roger hunting.
Top Bucket list Adventure: “Seeing the Hills and the Little Bighorn.”
Tv: “History Channel.”
Sports: “The Bears.”
Scott joined the E&W team with 23 years of construction experience, spending the last 10 years as a safety professional. When asked why he chose East & Westbrook Scott responded, “the family atmosphere, everyone’s personality and the strong safety culture”. Scott said he is looking forward to being part of a family and building a career.
Outside of work, Scott spends time with his wife of 20 years and twin daughters. Scott is usually spending time outdoors with his family and he enjoys his fair share of hunting and fishing.
Tool of Choice: “Hammer, duct tape.”
Cold or Hot: “Hot.”
Top Bucket List Adventure: “Skydiving.”
Movie: “Lonesome Dove, 8 Seconds and Full Metal Jacket.”
Jason Burroughs, CSP
Jason originally went to school for Criminal Justice but in the meantime found a calling doing summer work on construction sites. This avenue for Jason to help people later landed him on Louisville’s bridges project after safety schooling, certifications and over 15 years of heavy construction experience.
Outside of the office, Jason has a wife, four sons, an Australian Shepherd-Ridgeback mix and a Great Pyrenees.
Jason enjoys his fair share of sports and particularly enjoys watching the Patriots play football.
Movie: “Brave Heart.”
TV: “Game of Thrones.”
Car or Truck: “Truck, just a truck.”