Shane Ryck, Safety Manager at Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, is a 20-year safety veteran that uses his diverse field experience to connect with his employees and to improve organizational safety. As a forward observer in the Army, Ryck developed a steadfast work ethic that carries into his management style and ensures the best possible safety protocols for his people.
With years of experience working for some of the largest multi-craft, petrochemical, mining, and nuclear power companies in the world, Ryck has seen it all and wants to share that experience with other safety professionals to improve safety cultures across the globe!
Why did you choose your profession?
I chose Safety for a few different reasons. After leaving the Army, I began my civilian career as a scaffold carpenter. During that time, I had to teach my coworkers the basics of safety and the importance of culture while learning them both myself. I enjoyed seeing the “lightbulbs” turn on when they finally understood the “why” of what we were doing. I found that I really enjoyed teaching!
After years of physical activity, I found that my lower back couldn’t handle the rigors of manual labor anymore. I enjoy people, activity, and traveling I needed a change. I also found that the industry was changing and that safety was increasing in importance. Gone were the days of the “cowboy” construction worker. I knew that that the influx of new personnel and increasing focus on safety would go hand in hand. That, coupled with my newfound passion for teaching my peers, led me to choose safety as my long-term profession.
What’s important to be effective in your role?
To have a practical working knowledge of the trade required for each job and a way to effectively incorporate a culture of safety across the entire business.
Have you ever had an incident that changed you and how did you approach it with your role?
As a tradesman, I was involved with a job that had a fatality and that really changed my perspective on Safety. It was an eye-opening moment that helped me see my path forward to help ensure that every organization I work with is as safe as possible.
What do you want everyone to know about safety?
That we need to utilize all of the information that we are given. It is only there to help, not hurt. While many of us still feel that excess info and data can be a hindrance or burden, that information can drastically help individuals and companies to improve safety and reduce incidents.
What is your superpower?
I don’t think I have a particular superpower. I work hard day in and day out to make sure everyone goes home safely. Ultimately, I want to share my knowledge and experience so that others can be successful, safe, and healthy.
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