Safety Series: Mike Sturgeleski

 "Building a Safer Place to Work."

Mike Sturgeleski is the Corporate Safety Director and Employment Coordinator, working out of the Olympic HQ in Minnetonka, MN. Since starting his career at Olympic in 2001, he has worked to keep safety a priority while recruiting, onboarding new hires, and training Olympic crews across the region. As part of this Safety Series, we asked him how Olympic creates a safe work environment for its employees and why safety is an integral part of company culture.

 Describe Olympic Companies commitment to safety.

Mike: Olympic will not put any task, activity or project schedule ahead of our efforts to keep our employees safe. Olympic’s commitment to safety benefits all of us. Corporate gathers information, requests feedback and input from the branch offices before developing and implementing procedures, programs and policies.
Work isn't the only thing in the world. We want everybody to go home to spend quality time with family and friends.
Who benefits from a safer work environment?
Mike: Everyone. From our new apprentice to our senior management, it is everyone’s goal for us to work safely and go home at the end of the day to our families and friends.

How do your safety practices impact people outside of Olympic?
Mike: At the start of a project, a site-specific safety manual is issued to the general contractor. This site plan contains our policies and procedures, crew member responsibilities, signage, medical clinic maps, SDSs, etc. If we are going to perform some “non-routine" tasks, a separate site plan is issued and distributed to our fellow trade partners on site for their review. 

We have received calls from outside our area from different contractors asking about our site specific plans.
Does Olympic do anything different from the competition when it comes to keeping safety top of mind?

Mike: At one of our offices, employees receive a phone call on Tuesday evening asking our employees to identify the topic of Monday’s Toolbox Talk and to answer a bonus question covered at the Toolbox Talk. I've had kids, wives, and even a babysitter tell me that our employee was not home at this time, but then relay the answers. So that means the safety topics are even relayed to the family.

Winners are issued a hooded sweatshirt that's boxed up and sent to the project they're working on. When they receive the box, the crew then asks about how their teammate earned the sweatshirt.

We also request photos of our employees or family members practicing safety at home and install these photos in our publications.              

Do you have any examples of where an employee showed initiative in creating changes in the safety policy or starting new programs?

Mike: We have a monthly safety committee meeting. Two weeks prior to the meeting a safety suggestion sheet is sent out for crew members to share their thoughts or ideas. The safety committee reviews the suggestions, picks one where we make a change to our program and issue the crew member a prize. This person and their suggestion is mentioned in the monthly safety committee newsletter. Employees are proud to know that they provided an idea to make their job site safer. 
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Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 546-8166
(952) 544-8869 (fax)


President - Michael Conroy
Chief Operating Officer - Patrick Forliti
Chief Financial Officer - Dustin Prager
- Mary Jo Lecy
Safety Director - Mike Sturgeleski

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