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Safety Professional Profile

Ron Parker, STS,CHSTRon Parker, STS,CHST 

Let me introduce myself.  But first I want to thank Warriors 4 Safety for the opportunity to be a part of their team.  My name is Ronald (Ron) Parker.  Let me tell you where I started, where I have been and where I am now.  I graduated from high school in 1957.  I was just an ole country boy not knowing what I wanted to do with my life.  Soon after graduating I joined the United States Army.  I thought I would serve proudly for one enlistment but soon realized I enjoyed being in the Military and stayed for thirty years.  I rose in rank from Private E-1 to Chief Warrant Officer Four.  My job in the Army was difficult however someone had to do it.  I was in charge of Ballistic Meteorology.  I attended several instructor training courses and was an instructor for ballistic meteorology at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  I would go overseas and then back to Fort Sill to again serve as an instructor.  I retired from the military in 1988.   

Prior to retiring from the Army I sent resumes’ to several different companies just hoping that someone needed my skills.  My resume’ was short, after all who needed a “trained killer”.   I was called for an interview at a local television station.  They needed someone to tell viewers about the weather.  I was hired and then found they only needed someone for the weekend which I declined.  I then was hired by a company that sold steel.  I knew nothing about steel but on the job training and studying diligently, I soon learned, and was ultimately promoted to district sales manager.  A few years later the economy declined and so did steel sales.  The office I worked out of closed and I was offered a position in Connecticut which I declined.  I am now out of work.  As I was visiting a veterans’ job service office I met a superintendent from a construction company that was building a plant locally.  I was hired as a purchasing agent.  Here I am again in a job that I didn’t know a thing about.  But again, I studied hard and with OJT, I succeeded.  One day I was asked if I wanted to get into safety.  I jumped at it.  I thought, how hard could this be, all I ever see the safety professional do was to walk around and tell people to “tie off”.  A part of this is hilarious but will have to wait for another time to tell.  I have attended several OSHA courses and I have taught some OSHA courses.  I worked for a company that built board plants and later had the good fortune to work for a company that built hydrant fuel systems for the Air Force.  I worked on several military installations.  One which I really enjoyed was Hickam Air Base in Hawaii.  Pearl Harbor was next to Hickam and I occasionally worked at Pearl Harbor.  I have been a Safety Professional since 1993.  I feel the greatest accomplishment, as far as qualifications and certifications, was to become a CHST (Construction Health and Safety Technician). 

I am currently semi-retired.  I have been married for forty seven years to the most beautiful woman in the world.  I have five children, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  I am blessed for having had the opportunity to have done the things I have shared with you.  I give God all the credit.
Ron Parker, STS,CHST 

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