DynCorp International regional safety manager Brandon Dunkin has been named one of this year’s National Safety Council’s (NSC) “Rising Stars of Safety.” Dunkin, along with the other NSC’s Rising Stars for 2013 are being recognized for their “commitment to safety, influence on safety culture and creation of safety initiatives producing measureable outcomes.”
Dunkin, who manages occupational health and safety for thousands of DI employees in the Regional Command South Afghanistan region who support the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), was selected from a large field of nominees in the safety industry from corporations across the U.S. All candidates were reviewed on criteria that include leadership attributes, examples of safety initiatives producing measureable outcomes, and the engagement of peers in transforming a safety culture, among other aspects involved with safety at large organizations. Selections were made through a blind evaluation of the entire nominee pool. Dunkin will be honored at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo in Chicago, Ill. in October, featured in NSC’s Safety & Health magazine, and on www.nsc.org.
“It’s my pleasure to represent DynCorp International in the realm of safety while working in Afghanistan on LOGCAP since 2009,” said Dunkin. “I couldn’t have accomplished this feat without the motivation and dedication of each of my teammates in the field and the guidance given over the past four years from DI’s outstanding leadership.”
Dunkin’s responsibilities include one-on-one interaction with DI team members in the field – training and mentoring them on the regulations established for their protection in the field. When an injury occurs, and an investigation process begins, Dunkin and a team of safety professionals search for the root cause and find out how similar incidents can be prevented in the future.
“Brandon was one of the first hires to the Health Safety and Environment (HSE) organization, was hired into an entry level position and has moved up in the organization due to his exceptional attitude and hard work,” said Dunkin’s nominator LOGCAP IV HSE director Barry Whiting. “His dedication to continually improving our HSE program make him incredibly deserving of this prestigious honor.”
The National Safety Council Rising Star Award
The NSC Rising Stars of Safety program honors leaders of tomorrow for their commitment to safety, influence on safety culture, promotion of continuous workplace safety improvement and creation of safety initiatives producing measurable outcomes – the foundational pillars of the National Safety Council’s Journey to Safety Excellence.
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas that can make the most impact — distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.