A day in the life of a Miron regional risk manager: Matt Krause

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 by People

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a member of the Miron team? Below is some insight into what makes our team members tick.

Matt Krause | Navarino, Wisconsin

What is a typical day at Miron Construction like for you?
My alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., I get ready and get to work in Green Bay by 6 for daily stretching and pre-task planning with the work crew.  Then it’s site orientation for any new employees at 7 and at 9 I walk the project site to check site safety and check in with contractors to see if they need any assistance.  At 11 I compile notes and safety concerns from my site walk and complete a project audit form. At 1 p.m. I do another site visit and audits, then at 3:30 I compile daily notes. I usually leave the project site by 4:30.

What is the best part of your day?
Seeing every employee go home safely at night.

What is the most challenging part of your day?
Working with contractors or employees who don’t want to follow rules that are put in place for their safety.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you started your career in risk management?
It’s important to lead by example and get your hands dirty. You will gain a lot more respect and understanding by working alongside someone and experiencing how something is done rather than just telling them what to do.

What projects are you most proud of? Why?
The UW-Oshkosh residence hall, UW-Eau Claire education building and Lambeau Field–all three were challenging projects and had unique ways in which safety was taken to a new level.

On average, how many job sites do you visit per day?
One to two.

What is something you would say the general public does not know about the construction industry?
Miron Construction really does walk the walk when it comes to safety. We see a lot of contractors and employees on our sites and hear “nobody else makes us do this” or “why do you care if we get hurt?” Miron, as a whole, has invested a lot of time, money, and energy into making sure everyone goes home safely at night, whether you’re a Miron employee or anyone else on our project sites!

Where do you see the industry going in the future? What will it look like in the next 20 years?
I see safety and risk control continuing to grow in importance. In my mind, equipment and tools used in construction will change the most. Equipment will be engineered to perform the task of manual labor or eliminate most of the employees’ exposure to injury or illness while using it.

How do you spend your free time?
Anything outdoors, playing baseball or working on my house.

Favre, Rodgers or other?
Favre–strictly because of the movie Favre4Ever.

What is one thing you cannot live without?
Baseball–whether watching or playing.

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