Safety Summit

The State of Safety in the Solid Waste Industry (1 CEU)

Tuesday, August 21
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Canal AB

In order to know where we are going, we need to know where we’re at. This first session in the Safety Summit will look at the state of safety in the solid waste industry at the local, state, and national level with discussions by Tennessee OSHA and SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors.

Fatal Flaws: Lessons Learned from OSHA Investigations

The Safety Summit begins with a look at several fatal incidents that have occurred in Tennessee. TOSHA investigated 4 fatalities in the industry in the last three years, one of which involved an 18-year-old man on his first day on the job. Assistant Administrator Wendy Fisher will share the lessons learned from these tragic events and how ANSI standards can be a starting point for making changes at your site or facility.


Wendylee Fisher, Assistant Administrator, Tennessee OSHA

Wendy Fisher

Wendylee Fisher is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology. Wendylee is currently serving as the assistant administrator for the Tennessee OSHA program, where she assists the administrator in running day-to-day operations, overseeing a budget of approximately nine million and a staff of 93.

Safety Ambassadors for Change

Across North America, SWANA’s Safety Ambassadors are leaders helping to improve safety in their chapters. A panel of Safety Ambassadors will share their experience and expertise about the challenges facing the industry and how they have been advocates for safety. An open discussion will explore what works (and what doesn’t) when trying to improve health and safety in the industry.


SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors

Das Soligo, Manager of Solid Waste Services, County of Wellington
David Horne, Operations Superintendent, Chester County
Eddie Anderson, General Manager, Stringfellow, Inc.
Sharon George, President, TCB Extreme Enterprises, Inc.
Matt Morales, Project Manager, City of Flagstaff