When the new Secretary of Labor for OSHA is appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2017, it is likely that he will keep and rely upon his key officials that have helped guide the agency throughout the years.
One such executive is Dean McKenzie, who was appointed by OSHA Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels in September as the agency’s Directorate of Construction.
McKenzie has assisted the wireless construction industry in many of its efforts, including federal safety workshops.
He served as director of OSHA’s Office of Construction Services from 2012-2013, then became the deputy director in 2013, and has been the acting director since January of this year after the retirement of Jim Maddux.
With more than 40 years of experience in the field of construction, McKenzie has an exceptional understanding of the safety and health issues facing the industry.
He started out in the steel mills of Gary, Ind., as a journeyman millwright in the mid-1970s. McKenzie worked in construction, particularly industrial, in Indiana, Florida, Colorado and the Caribbean. He has been a licensed general contractor, business owner, and project and operations manager.