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Chuck Belveal

Chuck Belveal is a master electrician with more than 30 years of experience in the electrical industry. He has more than 12 years of experience in the field as a Regional Safety Manager for a major electrical contractor. He is a member of the IEC National Apprenticeship & Training Committee and the IEC National Safety Committee.

Developing Safety Champions

Normally when we think about our “safety leaders,” we think of people who have been selected to be the safety spokesperson to represent the company’s programs, policies, procedures, or goals. We then designate these people titles such as safety director, safety manager, or something similar that identifies them as the safety go-to person. In other instances, we expect other members of a company’s management team to be the safety leader, but usually safety becomes a side-bar to their normal duties.

Safety, Productivity, & Morale are Connected

We have all been on a jobsite where the morale was not good. People hated going to work, they didn't want to be there when they were at work, and all they could think about all day was getting away from work. These jobsites were always less productive because most felt that the job was not worth any extra effort, and anything that they said or did was more likely to get them in trouble. These jobs also create more work-related accidents since people are not focused on what they are doing, are easily distracted, and in some instances, people feel that if they are injured they will be allowed to "get away from the job for a while." Poor morale on the jobsite is like a cancer; left alone it will spread until it kills the job.