Caterpillar Safety Journey, Customer Successes Showcased at Electric Co-op Safety Summit

Global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Caterpillar Safety Services joined utility cooperative customers for multiple safety culture presentations and skills workshops at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Safety Leadership Summit October 28 - 31 in San Antonio, Texas.

In a general assembly keynote address, Director of Environmental Health and Safety Brian Lewallen shared details about Caterpillar's own safety journey and how safety culture improvement fits into the Vision 2020 strategy. In a breakout session learning lab, Lewallen explained the mission and value of Caterpillar's EHS Leadership Now development program for EHS professionals.

"At Caterpillar, leadership isn't exclusive to supervisors and managers of people," Lewallen explained. "EHS Leadership Now helps EHS professionals develop their leadership competencies by understanding business acumen, how their leadership impacts the business, and how they can effectively apply Caterpillar's six leadership styles in their daily work."

Caterpillar Safety Services is a regular presenter of pre-conference workshops and breakout sessions at the annual NRECA event. This year Senior Safety Consultant David Crouch delivered Caterpillar's Leadership Roundtable, a full-day workshop, to a group of co-op supervisors, managers and executives. Crouch also presented two learning labs, one on near-miss reporting and one about the importance of building safety accountability into everyday operations.

"David used real-life stories and practical role play to explain Caterpillar's good, common sense approaches to safety culture improvement," said Tim McCarthy, General Manager/CEO of Sioux Valley Energy. "He punctuates his presentations with real life stories from the workplace that I believe most people can relate to."

On the sidelines of the conference, NRECA members from around the country that are leveraging Caterpillar's Zero-Incident Performance (ZIP™) Process and other safety culture solutions displayed poster presentations during a member showcase. Read about some of their experiences at