Safety Management

Russell Marine’s qualified workforce utilizes safety management systems combined with strict policies and procedures to provide the foundation for safely executed projects.


Creating a desirable and sustainable safety culture begins with a strong foundation. Russell Marine’s onboarding process is a great example. Every team member completes rigorous physical and mental testing to ensure they are fit for duty. All our equipment operators are trained and tested on the equipment they will be operating, and all crane operators are NCCCO certified. From daily equipment inspections to our hazard recognition program, accessed by any smart device, we ensure that everyone on our team is set up for success.


Our mission is to send everyone home safe every day.

We assign a safety coordinator to each project who is responsible for assisting the team in the safety performance of the project. The project safety coordinators report to the safety manager, who reports to the VP of Risk Management. In addition, other safety coordinators will visit the project to perform inspections helping to identify hazards that may have been overlooked by the team. The assigned safety manager is responsible for investigating all incidents regardless of severity and developing corrective and preventative actions.

We strive for greatness in everything we do and that starts with safety. We want to stay current with all the technological advances yet not forget the basics.


Russell Marine’s safety management system combined with our policies and procedures provides the foundation for us to execute projects safely. For example, every project has a kickoff meeting to ensure everyone, including our subcontractors, understand the project and the controls to identify and reduce hazards. Risk assessments are completed before each project begins and as the work plans change. In addition, we complete management of change requests when there is a deviation from the plan or procedure. Projects are inspected weekly by the entire project team and hazards are corrected or safeguarded against immediately. The crews have daily job safety analysis meetings and the safety department has weekly safety training with each of the crews. Leading and lagging safety indicators are analyzed by the safety department and operation executives and then reported monthly to each of the project teams. Equipment inspections are performed before each shift begins to reduce equipment hazards. To help streamline and document that all safety tasks are completed, Russell Marine utilizes HCSS software to complete all meetings, inspections, and reports digitally. Russell Marine prides itself on thoroughly training the employees for the work they perform. Equipment operators are trained and tested for the equipment they operate, and all crane operators are NCCCO certified. Employees complete aptitude testing and physicals to ensure they are fit for duty. Supervisors complete management training to ensure they are successful in their careers. In fact, all our salaried employees hold an OSHA 30HR certification. Employees have been trained on stop-work authority and have the responsibility to execute stop-work authority if they identify a hazard or unsafe act.

Our team Leader

Mark Johnson

HSE Manager

Mark Johnson’s proven track record in the Naval shipyard, refinery, and construction safety industries has equipped him to lead Russell Marine’s team of safety professionals in supporting successful, safe projects across the United States. Mark is a retired veteran of the US Navy with 21 years of honorable active service. His experience ranges from small heavy civil projects to high-value, significant petrochemical and marine new construction with thousands of personnel. He was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas and now resides in Clear Lake, Texas with his wife of 31 years and their two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing during his off time.


Awarded Signal Mutual Industry Leader Safety Award - December 2022