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May 15, 2015

Brian Salsgiver Safety Professional of the Year

Kirk Baisch
University Mechanical Contractors

Kirk Baisch has instituted a number of effective safety program elements at University Mechanical Contractors, earning safety leadership recognition from general contractors such as Skanska, Hoffman and Sellen. His dedication and commitment led to UMC taking a first-place award at AGC of America’s Construction Safety and Excellence Awards last year.


UMC relies on Baisch’s efforts to make it the most dynamic mechanical contractor in the Puget Sound area. He has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the company’s safety culture, advancing his role from safety enforcer to safety coach and consultant, and empowering and engaging crews and individuals to walk the safety path.

UMC crews now understand that safety is their first responsibility — they make suggestions, correct hazards and watch out for each other. Baisch’s safety leadership has earned him a position on the UMC ownership team, giving him a unique perspective and allowing him to foster safety at every level of the organization.

To mitigate the risk of falling when connecting to fall-protection anchors located high above work, Baisch developed a concrete-anchoring system composed of a receptacle set into concrete, an anchor that inserts into the receptacle, and a stick-clip on a telescoping pole. The system is now in production and will soon be available to dramatically improve fall protection throughout our industry.

Baisch’s dedication to the industry is further exemplified by his leadership and involvement with the DOSH Construction Advisory Committee, the AGC of Washington Safety Committee, the MCAWW Safety Committee and the SMACNA Risk Management Committee.

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