Mercury Marine Director of Environmental, Health and Safety recognized with prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award
March 18, 2013
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Mercury Marine Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Tom Baumgartner will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award April 23 from the Wisconsin Safety Council at the 71st annual Wisconsin Safety and Health Conference in Wisconsin Dells.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor individuals who have devoted their lives to the safety of others.
“Tom has been an outstanding safety leader, not just within Mercury, but statewide through the Wisconsin Safety Council,” said Janie Ritter, director of the Wisconsin Safety Council. “His calm, thoughtful and deliberate approach to difficult issues has served us, and Wisconsin, very well.”
Baumgartner joined Mercury Marine in 1979 as the manager of OSHA and safety. He was the company’s sole safety professional at the time and was responsible for safety, workers’ compensation and fire protection. He was promoted in 1985 to director of safety and took on additional environmental responsibilities. Today, the director heads a team of 15 environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals at Mercury Marine, as the role of EHS continues to expand in the workplace.
“Tom has contributed greatly to making safety a part of everything we do at Mercury Marine. It is deeply woven into our culture in every respect,” said Mark Schwabero, president of Mercury Marine. “His dedication to safety doesn’t stop at Mercury Marine. He’s been an important advocate for environmental, health and safety issues throughout the state and nationally with the extensive work he’s done with the Wisconsin Safety Council and beyond. There is nobody more deserving of this recognition.”
Prior to joining Mercury Marine, Baumgartner worked from 1972 to 1974 as the only loss-control engineer in the Milwaukee area. That experience landed him a position in 1974 at UW-Whitewater teaching occupational safety classes. During his five years of teaching, Baumgartner formed many lifelong relationships with students who now work in the safety field today and continue to seek his advice.
In 1975, he became an active member of the Wisconsin Safety Council and has served on several of the organization’s committees, including the Congress Planning Committee Chair and Advisor Board Chairperson. He’s also been a member of the National Safety Council, American Safety Society of Engineers and has served as the Fond du Lac Safety Council President.
Baumgartner transitioned to a part-time role this month after 34 years at Mercury Marine and 41 years of work in the safety profession.