“Safety is the beginning of our work day, every day. Every associate and every contractor is a member of our safety team and we are among the best in the industry at protecting health and property.”
– John Cinelli, MetroNet President
MetroNet Safety: 100% Different, 100% Award Winning
The safety of community members where we are constructing our networks is of paramount importance to MetroNet. Likewise, keeping our crews and associates safe is one of our highest priorities. We are dedicated to safety and quality assurance as is evidenced by MetroNet’s industry-leading safety team, which operates a comprehensive safety program focused on construction damage prevention and employee and contractor safety.
Vectren Energy Safe Digging Award Winner
George Kemp, Ph.D. – Chairman, Indiana 811
Chuck Muller – Board of Director Member, Ohio 811
Learn More About Our Safety Training Facility
At MetroNet, we stress the importance of safety within all of our markets. By providing every employee with an advanced safety training, we are continuously improving safety processes and protocols. With safety training facility located in Evansville, Indiana, we can ensure that employees receive the same training to further our mission while being cautious in the field.
Metronet University is a state of the art training facility where MetroNet technicians gain real-world experience in all things related to the installation of MetroNet’s 100% fiber-optics. Click on the video below to see the hands-on training our technicians receive.
Meet the Safety Team Leaders
George Kemp, Ph.D.
Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance
George joined MetroNet in October of 2017. With an extensive background in engineering and safety, George was appointed to the Indiana 811 Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting excavators and operators of underground utilities. He currently serves as the Chairman, where he represents the telecommunications sector on the full board and as a member of the Damage Prevention subcommittee.
George is also a member of the Common Ground Alliance, an organization that is dedicated to the prevention of damage to underground utility infrastructure.
In the Spring of 2020, George authored an article for dp-PRO, a print and online publication for damage prevention professionals. Dp-PRO’s mission is to “Save Lives through Education”. You can read George’s article HERE.
Safety and Quality Assurance Director
In July of 2018, Chuck came on board to serve as MetroNet’s Safety Manager. With more than 30 years of experience in damage prevention, Chuck leads all safety and damage prevention initiatives within the MetroNet footprint. He joined MetroNet after serving as the Director of Member/Public Relations for Indiana 811 for over two decades, where he was the resident expert on all Indiana 811 legislative issues.
Chuck is an adjunct professor at Purdue University, where he lectures on damage prevention and safety. He is also a member of the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program Board, where he serves as the Utilities Representative.
MetroNet Safety News
Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone failed to call 811 before a digging project. In April, many state 811 agencies are joining together to celebrate National Safe Digging Month, a time to promote awareness of digging safely even in your own backyard. At MetroNet, safety is one of the core…
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