National Safety Council Names Jerry Arnold a Rising Star of Safety

9 September 2014

Woodward Design+Build’s Safety Manager, Jerry Arnold, has received national recognition from the National Safety Council. Jerry has been named one of the NSC’s 2014 Rising Stars of Safety for his proactive efforts to create continuous improvement and initiatives focused on measurable outcomes in Woodward’s safety program.

Innovation and Inspiration: The 2014 Rising Stars of Saftey

National Safety Council | Safety + Health

24 August 2014


The National Safety Council is pleased to recognize the 2014 Class of the NSC Rising Stars of Safety, presented by DuPont Sustainable Solutions. With many outstanding nominations to choose from, 41 honorees were selected. These young professionals are working to address new challenges, promote a cycle of continuous improvement and create initiatives focused on measurable outcomes – key components of the council’s Journey to Safety Excellence. Hailing from locations worldwide, from Bahrain to Canada, this is a diverse group of up-and-coming safety professionals. Representing a variety of backgrounds, including construction, aviation, health care and manufacturing, they all understand that shared responsibility is the foundation of a strong safety culture.

This year’s honorees will be formally recognized during the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo in San Diego, Sept. 13-19. No event is more fitting than one with a theme of “Safety: Putting the pieces together” to acknowledge the innovation and inspiration these individuals bring to the table. These Rising Stars are the future of safety.

I look forward to working alongside each class of NSC Rising Stars. Our first four classes played a major role in introducing the Young Professionals track at Congress & Expo and creating the Young Professionals Division. In launching this new Division, the Rising Stars recognized the need for a group tailored to the forward-thinking leaders of tomorrow. I can only imagine how much more they will accomplish in the years ahead.

Congratulations to this year’s NSC Rising Stars of Safety. We know that safety takes collaboration, and that more lives are saved and injuries prevented when we work together.


Deborah Hersman
President and CEO, National Safety Council

Profiles: Jerry Arnold Jerry Arnold Safety Manager Woodward Design+Build New Orleans, LA

In 2009, Jerry led Woodward to require all construction managers within the company to receive OSHA 10 training. This universal training of construction managers gives Woodward a solid foundation to train and increase employee knowledge of workplace hazards and preventative measures. Jerry also created a training system with assigned training for all of Woodward’s various divisions and instituted weekly toolbox topic trainings in the field. In addition to these proactive measures, in 2009, Jerry began to conduct an average of 500 jobsite inspections each year to identify and correct hazards.

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