Scott Billstone joined our site safety department at the beginning of 2019. As site safety coordinator, Scott will support Mid-City by accessing safety needs on projects while implementing trainings and initiatives. He will work with Safety Manager Sanjay Patel and Safety Coordinator Brandon Stowers to further many of our current programs. A former U.S. Marine and graduate from Columbia Southern University with a degree in occupational health and safety, Scott’s practical experience and educational field of study will contribute greatly to our team.
Below is some Q & A that we did with Scott to help you get to know him a little better.
Q: What will your role here at Mid-City involve?
As a site safety coordinator, my role will be to continue to manage and implement a strong and effective safety culture at local projects. I’m really excited for this opportunity to learn and grow, and to contribute to delivering a great project safely to the customer.
Q: Your degree is in occupational safety and health. What are some topics you studied about safety that you see translating into practical use on the job? Of course, the fundamentals like OSHA regulations and hazard communication and recognition are topics that I put into practice everyday. Those policies inform everything we do as safety professionals. An interesting part of my curriculum that really prepared me though was the case study piece. Expert speakers that discussed best practices for situations like incident investigations and root cause analysis provided context for all of the OSHA standards that we learned.
Q: How do you keep safety top of mind on the job site?
From training classes to outreach events to weekly toolbox talks, it’s really important that the safety team leads by example and has a strong presence on the job site. We have to be available for the entire construction team so we can identify hazards before they turn into major issues. Transparent, frequent communication is so important too because it allows us to provide continuous resources to work safely.
Q: What do you do outside of Mid-City? (like a fun fact!)
Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my wife, Heather, and our golden retriever, Harley. Before my safety career, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps. While on active duty, I had the opportunity earn a black belt in their martial arts program. Recently, I started training in Krav Mega (Israeli martial arts) in order to continue learning, training, and ultimately improve myself.