Deep Foundations Practitioner Normand Cites Working Platform Safety as Priority Issue
Orange Park, FL (August 24, 2020): So far, it has been a "great, enjoyable 14-year run" for Chris Normand, P.E. (pictured) who took a job as Project Manager at Cajun Industries, LLC in Baton Rouge in 2006. Since then, he has developed significant expertise in the pile driving industry and currently is Director of Operations for the Cajun Deep Foundations division. New to Mr. Normand's resume is his August 2020 appointment as the Chair of the PDCA Safety & Environmental Committee for which he has already devised a working strategy to bolster the panel's impact on the industry.
"The S&E committee can play a key role with DFI and ADSC on the development of an industry wide set of best practices and guidelines for Working Platform safety," explained Normand. "This issue is of key importance to stakeholders in the deep foundation industry. Having a consistent, industry-driven document could form the national discussion at many levels regarding expectations for deep foundations operational safety."
Expecting "continuity" in the transition, Normand credits his Cajun Industries colleague Senior Vice President Scott Callaway for getting him involved in PDCA; he will now succeed Scott at the helm of the Safety & Environmental Committee.
"The S&E Committee will continue to build on its past efforts to provide reference documents such as pre-job plans, lift plans, JHAs and similar best practices could help others in the industry form a culture with safety at the top," added Normand.
Safety culture for companies and organizations everywhere has taken on a new, yet necessary dimension in 2020. When asked about the ongoing health crisis impacting America, Normand said, "PDCA can serve as a forum for peer input and shared solutions for COVID-19 related challenges. Examples could include challenges with implementing site-specific COVID-19 safe work plans, transportation and site access solutions, specialized PPE use, employee screening protocols, and other general safe work practices."
A Baton Rouge native, Normand is a double graduate of Louisiana State University from which he holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. He and Jennifer, his wife of 18 years, are raising their three children in his hometown where he has become involved with his son's scouting organization. Chris enjoys opportunities for professional travel and is active in the Deep Foundations Institute, among other industry groups. In his free time, he enthusiastically supports LSU athletics and is a self-proclaimed "outdoors enthusiast" who likes backpacking in the mountains, participating in triathlons, and distance running opportunities.