Madison – The Wisconsin Safety Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will honor Tim Howald as the 12th inductee into the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame at the 71st annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference on April 24 being held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Tim Howald is the Chairman and CEO of Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc. in Green Bay.
Tim Howald recently stepped down from his position as President of Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc., a role that he has held since 1984. During his tenure as President, Tweet/Garot grew from an average annual employment of 50 construction workers to over 400 workers, and from a revenue position of $6 million dollars to over $80 million dollars in sales in 2012. However, he is most proud of the growth and success of his management team, as well as all fabrication shop and field workers, at Tweet/Garot over that time frame. And, he is justified in proudly acknowledging the tremendous success of their safety program.
Tim’s first significant effort in the area of safety was hiring a full-time safety director in 1991, far ahead of most other contractors of similar size at that time. Next was the creation of a Zero Injury Environment, where all efforts were directed at prevention and all employees were challenged to keep themselves and their co-workers safe every minute of every day.
Tim credits the “relentless” safety dedication of Tweet/Garot employees in keeping each other, as well as their customers, safe. Initiating stretch and flex programs more than fifteen years ago (which are still utilized today), creating a Safety Advocate program to broaden the reach of their safety department, and constantly updating incentive/reward programs has been paramount to their success.
Tim is a staunch advocate of construction workers taking pride in their profession, being proud of their achievement and the vital roles that they play, and always includes personal safety and responsibility in that discussion.
Tweet/Garot has worked more than 10 years, since 2002, and 7 million manhours without a lost-time incident.
The Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame was established to recognize individual leaders for outstanding commitment to safety within the workplace.
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