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Employee Spotlight - Mike Kerr

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Published Dec. 12, 2013
Tulsa District Safety and Occupational Health Manager Mike Kerr

Tulsa District Safety and Occupational Health Manager Mike Kerr

Mike Kerr was recently appointed as the Tulsa District Safety and Occupational Health Manager. He served as the Deputy Safety Officer for 5 years. He has been with the Tulsa District Safety Office since 2000.

Q: How long have you held your current position as the District Safety Manager?

A: I’ve been in this job since the last of June this year. 

Q: Since you’re relatively new to the position, what’s your background in safety?

A: I attended Northeastern University for a Bachelors degree in Safety Management.  I went back to school a few years later and received a Masters in Safety and Industrial Technology from Texas A&M University.

Q: How did you come to work in the Tulsa District?

I came to work here as a co-op student in 2000 as an Industrial Hygienist in the Safety Office. In 2006 I attained my professional certification, Certified Safety Professional. I wound up as the subject matter expert on two USACE High Hazard Working Groups; Fall Protection and Hazardous Energy Control. 

Q:  When did you become the District’s Deputy Safety Officer?

A: That was in 2008.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A: When everyone goes home safe to their loved ones at the end of the day.  Also, having a great team working together to make the district a safer place than it was yesterday. 

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your new position job?

A: Public recreational fatalities.  It's really distressing that we have so many preventable deaths.  I really urge people to learn to swim, know your limitations, watch our children, don’t drink and operate, and buckle up that PFD!

Q: What are some of your interests outside of work?

A: Absolutely love watching my daughter play softball and teaching her the fine art of crappie fishing. I also like spending time with my friends and family around a campfire, telling stories and tall tales about the one that got away (he said with a wink).   

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

A: I'd like to give a special thanks to those that have coached and mentored me throughout the years both here in SWT and all over USACE.