A day in the life of a Basin Electric construction/safety coordinator

Blake Stoner (left), construction/safety coordinator at Basin Electric, walks Mechanical Engineer I Thomas Mittelsteadt (center) and Financial Services Accountant Jill Steinwand through safety documents during a new employee orientation meeting.

Blake Stoner (left), construction/safety coordinator at Basin Electric, walks Mechanical Engineer I Thomas Mittelsteadt (center) and Financial Services Accountant Jill Steinwand through safety documents during a new employee orientation meeting.

On the tables lie a scattered collection of half-filled coffee mugs, an assortment of pens, complimentary chocolate bars, and stacks of first-day paperwork nearly 4 inches high.

For Blake Stoner, another new employee safety session has begun.

Stoner’s new employee orientation session is described further in the July-August 2013 issue of Basin Today: A day in the life of … a construction/safety coordinator at Basin Electric

Read an excerpt:

It’s Stoner’s job to ensure new employees are aware of any potential dangers – seemingly large or small – that lurk around the workplace, and at home. He plays a short video portraying a man in a suit who represents the driving force behind all vehicular accidents. Everyone watches in silence.

The construction/safety coordinator wants to be accessible to all Basin Electric employees, and he’s pretty good about it. He encourages employees to visit his office, should they ever have a question about safety, and he visits the cooperative’s satellite sites regularly. He recently returned to Bismarck after spending a month at Laramie River Station, east of Wheatland, WY.

Stoner says he enjoys the opportunity to get into the field, but also likes welcoming new employees and sharing his safety knowledge during orientation sessions. On this day, as Stoner’s meeting with the new employees draws to a close, he says he feels confident they are going out into their new work environment with sufficient knowledge of the safety measures he’s practiced for years.
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