2017 Safety in Action™ Icons Announced; Award Recognizing Exceptional Contributions in Safety at Work

Oxnard, CA – March 9, 2017 – DEKRA Insight, a global leader in safety at work, today announced the 2017 Safety in Action™ Icon honorees, those individuals whose inspirational, influential, and innovative contributions to safety have touched lives and changed the way people work.

The awards presentation will take place during the Welcome Session of the 2017 Safety in Action Conference on March 16 in Chicago. The 2017 recipients are:

Lance Bospflug, PHI Inc. - Lance is the COO of PHI Inc., a world-class helicopter transportation company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lance’s co-workers say, “He has been relentless in making PHI the safest helicopter company in the world.” The company not only dominates in the oil and gas sector carrying people to oil rigs all over the globe but serves the air ambulance market in over 90 regions of the U.S. Under Lance’s leadership, PHI is “not even close to satisfied and is constantly pushing itself to lower and remove exposure.

Mike Harris, DSM Dyneema - Mike works as a Facilitator for Process at DSM Dyneema in Greenville, North Carolina. Dyneema is a global premium brand for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fiber. DSM manufactures and sells products in several forms including fiber, tape and uni-directional (UD) sheets. Jim Lawless, the plant manager at the DSM site in Greenville, says Mike has “focus, transparency, integrity, passion for safety, patience, authenticity, accountability, decisiveness and, above all else, great [communication skills that] engage people at all levels around safety.”

Craig Morrison, Hexion - Craig is the CEO of Hexion Inc., a global leader in specialty chemicals based in Columbus, Ohio. Craig's colleagues describe him as having a "relentless pursuit of preventing the next fatal” and “he feels a deep responsibility to all of the employees and their families to keep them free from harm.” Hexion is in the top safety performance tier of its industry. However, Craig wants more. He has chartered a break through team of 15 senior people to figure out what it will take for Hexion to make the next step in safety. According to his peers, Craig is “never satisfied the organization is doing all it can to prevent harm.”

“At this year’s Safety in Action conference we honor those who’ve made a real difference in safety. The 2017 Icons recipients are individuals who assure the wellbeing of co-workers every day through their contributions to safety. We are celebrating their achievements by publically thanking them for their steadfast resolve and dedication. Their unwavering commitment to safety deserves our gratitude,” commented Jim Spigener, Icons Presenter and Senior Vice President of DEKRA Insight.

The Safety in Action™ Icons is an annual award, presented at each year at the Safety in Action™ Conference (#SIA2017) which brings together thousands of people, across all industries to do one thing: improve safety at work. The Icons were peer nominated from organizations of all sizes, types and industry sectors.

Read the full stories on each of the 2017 Safety in Action Icons.

About the Safety in Action™ Conference

The Safety in Action™ Conference is about turning ideas into outcomes. . It’s the only event in the world where employees from every level gather to address the top issues affecting safety today. Engaging breakout sessions and workshops focus on real-world applications of the latest safety thinking. Presenters represent a range of disciplines and backgrounds, offering the most diverse conference experience in the field. The result is dynamic networking and discussion, provoking the kind of action that moves safety forward for everyone. Almost 2,000 executives, safety professionals, facilitators, team members, and union leaders attend annually. The conference offers more than 100 presenters and panelists sharing their safety expertise over the span of 200 unique sessions and workshops focused on critical safety issues.

About DEKRA Insight

As the global leader in safety at work, DEKRA Insight is a consultant and business partner to many of the world’s largest chemical, oil and gas, transportation, utilities, pharmaceutical, and agriculture companies. We bring a passionate, scientific approach to the process of helping clients transform safety. Our knowledge and experience enables clients to mitigate risk to their employees, assets, and reputation in a quantifiable manner—and in the process, enhance business performance. DEKRA Insight represents the collective expertise of our legacy businesses, each an institution in safety: BST, Chilworth, RCI Safety, Russell Consulting, Optimus Seventh Generation, and partner RoundTheClock Resources.

DEKRA Insight has over 500 employees in 22 offices and 16 countries. We are a service unit of DEKRA S.E., a global leader in safety since 1925 with over 35,000 employees.