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    Jim West appointed safety director in Washington State

    February 10, 2014

    Seattle – Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, announced the appointment of Jim West as safety director for the Washington State Division. As part of his senior management role, West will be responsible for maintaining and implementing safe work practices. 

    West brings over 30 years of safety/risk management experience in the construction and timber industries – 22 of which were spent at the Department of Labor and Industries, a state agency dedicated to the safety, health, and security of Washington's 3.2 million workers. Most recently, West served as the safety director at McDonald Miller Facility Solutions where he was responsible for the safety of over 800 employees. During his tenure, West was awarded Safety Excellence Awards in 2011 and 2013 from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America of Western Washington (MCAWW), and McDonald Miller Facility Solutions achieved one of the 10 lowest Construction EMR’s in the state for the Washington State Fund.

    “As a company, we strive for nothing less than Zero Harm for anyone who comes in contact with our work,” said Dan Peyovich, president of the Washington State division of Howard S. Wright. “Jim West is an outstanding addition to our team and will play a key role in helping us deliver upon that goal.”

    West attended the University of Washington where he received a bachelor of science in Forestry Management. West also earned an AAS degree in Technical Forestry from Green River Community College located in Auburn, Washington. A Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instructor, and certified Toastmaster, West has also received numerous trainings that are focused on safety and environmental related issues where he obtained many additional certifications. 

    West is actively involved in several industry organizations including two years as president of the Seattle Vicinity Construction Safety Council. He has also served on the Executive Board of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Seattle where he also volunteered for five Race for the Cure events, and participated as a walker in ten three-day walks in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and San Francisco.