Jerry is a graduate from Lewis University where he received his Bachelor degree. Jerry joined the McWilliams team as our Safety Director in 1999 and has had extensive training in all areas of construction safety.
Jerry has passed the exam required from National Fire Protection Association to hold the certification as a CESCP – Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional. The program is based on the NFPA 70E, Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. With this, Jerry teaches this standard to our employees so that they are knowledgeable of the standard and the hazards of working with energized equipment. Jerry has a program in place so all employees are retrained every 3 years. Jerry also holds certifications from the Board of Safety Professionals as a CHST – Construction Health and Safety Technician and STSC – Safety Trained Supervisor in Construction. He also has a certificate in Safety Management from the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Jerry is an OSHA Outreach Instructor in construction which allows him to teach the 10 & 30 Hour courses to both management and field employees. He is an Authorized Instructor from the National Safety Council to provide First Aid & CPR / AED training to our employees on annual basics. Jerry says, “The certificates are good for 2 years, but we follow the guidelines from NFPA 70E that require CPR refresher training every year.”
Jerry has had extensive training in all areas of construction safety related topics including: Alcohol & Drug Substance Abuse Supervisor Training, OSHA Inspection Training, Competent Person Training in Fall Protection; Trench and Excavations; and Confined Space, Electrical Project Supervision, Accident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis, Forklift Safety, Hazardous Waste Site Worker (OSHA 40 hour) and Electrical Hazard Awareness. Jerry manages our background checks, drug testing, safety program policies and procedures, and assures that our job sites meet all required safety standards. Jerry is very active in the safety organizations in the Chicagoland area serving on local boards and safety committees. He also serves on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Safety Task Force that produces safety training materials, guides and videos for the electrical industry.
Jerry is a stern believer in “Safety Always” it’s not first or second. Safety must always be on the minds of everyone, for every task that you are doing on the job or at home. Also, no job is so important that it can not be done SAFELY.