Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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2018 SMACNA Annual Convention

October 14-17, 2018 | San Diego, California

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Ralph Natale


Wednesday, October 17
1:30 -3:00 p.m.
Elevating your Safety Program to a Safety Culture

Ralph Natale’s 30 years of experience includes ten years working in the industrial/steel-making market and 20 years as safety director of McKamish Inc, a full service SMACNA mechanical contractor in Pittsburgh.  At McKamish, he developed a safety culture that lowered the company lost time incident rate (LTIR) from 4.16 to 0.0, and a recordable incident rate (RIR) from 8.78 to 0.83. 

As an approved OSHA 30-hour construction safety trainer since 1992, Natale develops the training programs that are effective in reducing the likelihood of injury or illness to union workers.  His company safety program is always changing to meet the demands of the sheet metal and HVAC industry.  As an example, this past year he chaired a campaign to eliminate hand lacerations including a comprehensive job-safety analysis and glove-selection process resulting in zero related injuries over an 11-month period. 

Natale is the current chair of the SMACNA Safety Committee where he leads a committee of eight safety professionals as they address current issues affecting members of SMART.  He has shared in the development of numerous model programs available through SMACNA including, most recently, a model program for the prevention of silica exposures to workers performing that type of work. 

He is certified in rigging/signaling crane safety, a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) since 1995, and a National Safety Council first aid/CPR instructor. He is also Board certified in safety and health management (CSHM) by the Institute of Safety and Health Management since 2013.

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