Safety award – Col. Mike Farrell ‘Gets It’

Published Jan. 25, 2016
Col. Michael J. Farrell, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.

Col. Michael J. Farrell, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In recognition of his emphasis on workplace safety, Col. Mike Farrell, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, has been named among the CEOs who ‘Get It’ by the National Safety Council.

The annual recognition honors individuals who demonstrate a personal commitment to worker safety and health. This year, seven leaders from across the nation were acknowledged for helping to set the safety standard.

“Safety is an integral part of everything the Corps does and is deeply rooted in our processes,” said Farrell. “From construction projects to recreation to disaster recovery, our work comes with inherent risk – for our employees, our contractors and the public – so it’s vital we teach safety for all involved.”

Farrell was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1989 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Throughout his career, Farrell’s experiences have continued to instill the unwavering importance of safety.

“What we do every day must demonstrate that our nation cares about the men and women we ask to undertake dangerous missions,” Farrell said.

Responsible for the health and safety of about 1,400 employees and more than two million annual visitors to recreation areas operated by the Corps, Farrell knows he can’t do it alone. The Sacramento District employs the largest safety office in the Corps.

“Without an aggressive and robust safety program, we would not be able to carry out our vital work for the Army and the nation,” said Farrell. “As our division motto reminds us, we are building strong and taking care of people.”

That’s also why the Sacramento District has significantly invested in resources to help reduce common workplace injuries, potential job site mishaps and, as a result, provide quality projects on time and within budget.

“I strive to foster a sense of ownership in our safety program, ensuring safety is integrated into every aspect of what we do,” said Farrell. “Whether working in an office, on a construction site or a dam; operating a government vehicle or serving the public at one of our recreation areas, we equip our employees with the right tools and empower them to prevent or stop unsafe practices.

Farrell assumed command of the Sacramento District in July 2013. He is scheduled to relinquish command this summer when his three-year tour comes to a close.