Wayne Pierce

  • Wayne Pierce, Occupational Safety TrainerOccupational Safety Trainer and Professional Safety Consultant

    Since 2011, Wayne has taught over 1,450 students at SSM in courses such as Forklift, Aerial Work Platforms, Fall Protection, Inspecting the Workplace, Lockout, Safety Committee Basics, Skid Steer and GHS/WHMIS. He also has acted as a Professional Safety Consultant (formerly known as a Safety Resource Officer) and has conducted workplace safety and health assessments for a number of companies.

    Safety came naturally to Wayne – he says that he got the safety bug at an early age, around 19 or 20, when he voluntarily signed up for road safety training, the kind that many people are mandated to take nowadays because of poor driving habits. When it comes to safety, Wayne just “gets it.”

    Prior to coming to SSM, safety was a huge part of everything Wayne did. As a business owner and employer, employee safety was one of his strong priorities. Safety was also paramount in Wayne’s roles as a licensed 4th Class Operating Engineer (Power Engineer), at Flight School and at the T. Eaton Co., where he had a hand in developing their Forklift Training syllabus working closely with the former Manitoba Safety Council (now SSM).

    In industry as a Safety Officer and Investigator, Wayne encountered a variety of occupational incidents and injuries. He just couldn’t understand why anyone would take unnecessary risks or disregard safety training for the sake of a job. It troubled him deeply when he saw someone lose a part of their body or sustain a permanent disability when it could have easily been avoided. He has a strong sense that people ought to go home from work the way they came in.

    Wayne’s favourite part of his job is being able to share the knowledge he has gained over all his years of experience. He says he loves it when students try to stump him, too. A lifelong learner, if Wayne doesn’t know the answers, he will find them. His goal as an instructor is to give his students information they can, and will, use when they leave his session – he wants to be the voice in their heads telling them not to take that shortcut or expose themselves to that risk.

    Wayne’s favourite safety saying reflects how he feels about practicing safety and health – “You’re a pro. There’s always time to do it right.”

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Forklift
    • Aerial Work Platforms
    • Skid Steer Loader
    • GHS/WHMIS 2015
    • Fall Protection
    • Train the Trainer sessions for all of the above

    Other Areas of Study:

    • Fire Fighting, Prevention and Investigation – Manitoba Fire College
    • First Aid/CPR/AED – St. John’s Ambulance
    • Skid Steer Loaders & Excavators – Summit Outdoor Services Victoria B.C.
    • Fork Lifts/Skid Steer Loaders/Arial Work Platforms/Fall Protection – SSM
    • Hydraulic Safety – Hydraulic Safety Association of Canada (HSAC) (sponsored by SSM)
    • Hear Forever: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation – UTHealth (sponsored by SSM)
    • Incident Investigations – Manitoba Fire College; Alberta Justice College; Winnipeg Police Academy