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“Critical Eye” on Safety

Just what does it mean to look at something with a “Critical Eye”? Is it to criticize or to find fault? No, that’s not the idea! By observing with a “Critical Eye” you will be making an objective and analytical evaluation of the situation rather than just being a casual observer. When you are considering how to perform a task safely, just being a casual observer takes away your opportunity to find and eliminate hazards and greatly increases your chances for injury. The most important result of observing with a “Critical Eye” is that it eliminates the impulse decisions and allows time for the mind to do the critical thinking that will lead to the best course of action. A simple way to make the best decisions regarding safety is to use the STOP method. Continue reading →

Stepladder Safety

Stepladders can be a quick and easy way to extend your reach, however, every time you use a stepladder there is a risk for permanent injury or death. Those hazards can be greatly reduced by following good safety practices.

Eliminate the Common Hazards by:
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Back To School Safety

Attention drivers…school buses are back on the road! Now is a good time to review laws and safety tips regarding school buses and students. Did you know that school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a school bus is 13 times safer than riding in a car and 10 times safer than walking to school. Let’s work to keep it that way! Continue reading →

Safe in a Flash!

Arc Flash is a sudden release of electrical energy or fireball that is caused by a short circuit in electrical equipment. That fireball can release dangerous levels of thermal energy with temperatures over 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The rapid expansion of gases and temperatures, or pressure waves, during an arc-flash incident can send shrapnel, molten metal, tools, and other objects through the air at speeds over 700 mph. Add to that a sound pressure of 165dB (decibels) and an arc-flash incident can be the equivalent of a small explosion. Arc flash incidents can result in a loss of life, serious potential career ending injuries (including burns, loss of eyesight, and hearing that require extended recovery time), and extensive property damage. Continue reading →

The Safety Gears Are Between Your Ears

Moving machinery is everywhere!  Construction equipment, production machinery, process equipment, transportation devices, such as automobiles and bicycles, home shop and yard equipment, and even office photocopiers contain moving parts that can cause injuries.

If it revolves, swings, spins, slides, opens, closes, or moves in any way at all, it can hurt or kill you. We often think about fingers or other extremities that might get caught in machinery, however a person could be dragged into many pieces of equipment and be injured or crushed even before they have a chance to cry out for help. Injuries related to machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability. Continue reading →

Who’s Got Your Back?

In an ideal work team environment we like to think that we all have each other’s backs. However, when it comes down to taking care of the physical health of our backs and spines, the responsibility falls onto the individual person. Statistics show that nearly 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain or back injury at some point during their lives. Back strains are second only to the common cold for lost work days. Continue reading →

Bob Howell

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Bob Howell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for SSOE Group, began his career with SSOE in 1980. During his tenure at SSOE, he worked his way up from a draftsman trainee through draftsman, designer, senior designer, and project manager. He was with the firm for 10 years before he left to purchase a mechanical construction company. While in construction, he was involved in and responsible for all aspects of EPC project execution, working with SSOE on numerous projects.

Bob returned to SSOE in 1993 to help “kick start” the firm’s food sector. He was very influential in the expansion and growth of the Food, Pharmaceutical, and Personal Care sectors -growing the operation into its own Strategic Business Unit (SBU), in 2002 and ultimately taking the helm of all Industrial Process Operations in late 2004. Under his leadership, the Industrial Operations group grew significantly—adding a number of Fortune 500 and International clients to the company’s roster.

Bob has been very instrumental in the merger / acquisition of a number of firms beginning in late 2004 and has led the acquisition and integration efforts. He also successfully initiated the organic start-up of a large number of our current offices.

Bob was named an associate with the firm in 1990 and a principal in 1999.

Bob moved into an International Operations position in late 2008 to assist with SSOE’s expansion globally, specifically Asia. His role included oversight of SSOE’s Asia Pacific Operations and he assisted in growing our Shanghai office into SSOE’s second largest office, he also assisted in initiating our expansion and acquisition of NKS / d-Tech in India.

In October 2009, Bob was named the position of Chief Operating Officer where he was accountable for SSOE’s global operations. In this role, he was responsible for the successful execution of business plan strategies, providing overall structure and guidance to the operational units, the implementation of programs to attain growth and profit goals, and the development and direct execution of operating policies to support company objectives.

He was instrumental in the formation of SSOE’s Joint Venture with M.E.I., paving the ground for serving clients in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Bob also serves as the Chairman of SSOE & M.E.I. Project Solutions SDN BDN Board of Directors.

In December of 2014, Bob was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of SSOE.

Bob was elected to SSOE’s Board of Directors in December of 2006; he served as Chairman of the Board from December 2007 – December 2012.   Due to term limits, Bob relinquished his Board seat in 2013 and became a non-voting Board Advisor, he was re-elected to the Board in December of 2013 to begin another three year term on the Board. Bob now serves on the Board as President, concurrent to his term as CEO.

Bob is also active in local area Boards, he is involved with Read for Literacy-Board Executive Committee (Vice Chairman); Read for Literacy-Board member (Vice Chairman); University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, Business Engagement and Leadership Council-(Board member); Homeowner’s Association- Board member (President); Homeowner’s Association- Board Executive Committee (President);Toledo Science Society-(Member); International Boxing Club & Learning Center – (Board member)


Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who is the SAFEST One of All?

Does the person in the mirror always make the safest decisions? Is your safety reflection something that you would want your co-workers and family members to see or emulate? Do you see a few cracks in your mirror? Is the image cloudy? If left unchecked, those cracks might eventually shatter the image with dire consequences. It’s never too late to repair those cracks or to clean and polish your safety image! Here’s how: Continue reading →

Lawn Mower Safety

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission there are nearly 75,000 lawn mower injuries each year which require emergency room visits. Riding mowers account for half of all injuries, including 100 fatalities. Half of the injuries happen to children under the age of 15.

Fatal and serious injuries have a common theme where the riding mower tips over and the victim falls under or is run over by the mower. Young children are in this category. Find a safe activity to spend quality time with the youngsters after the mowing is finished. A few minutes of fun riding is not worth the risk of permanent injury or death. Continue reading →

Young Workers Have Rights Too!


“Two workers, ages 14 and 19, were suffocated when they were engulfed by corn in a grain silo”
“18 year old dies when his clothes get tangled in a portable mortar mixer”
“17 year old assistant pool manager was electrocuted when she contacted an ungrounded motor”

Young workers between the ages of 16 and 24 are twice as likely to suffer an injury or an illness on the job as more experienced workers. Continue reading →