Take two people, combine their respective work experiences and you might have the makings for a new business.
At least that’s the case with Site Response, a relatively new business in Tumwater that offers on-site safety training and sells environmental cleanup supplies.
The business was launched by the husband-and-wife team of Todd and Jonessa Miner.
Here’s what they bring to the table: Jonessa Miner, 34, grew up working for her father’s logging business in Grays Harbor County — and in the process was exposed to the world of heavy equipment injuries — and also has experience with oil and lubricant sales.
Her husband, Todd, 46, is a longtime firefighter. He works for the Seattle Fire Department and is a volunteer Battalion Chief with McLane Black Lake Fire Department.
Combine the two and you have a business that can help an organization with its safety needs, such as meeting those requirements set by OSHA, state Department of Labor and Industries and the Federal Railroad Administration.
On-site training courses offered include CPR/first aid, fall protection, accident protection and chain-saw training for nonprofessionals who might be called to remove downed trees after a storm, Jonessa Miner said.
Miner knows the importance of safety training all too well.
Her father once was putting a track back onto an excavator, needing to finally hammer a cotter pin into place to complete the job. As he hammered it into place, however, a piece of metal flew back and hit him in the eye, costing him that eye, she said.
A typical chain-saw injury can result in 200 stitches, Miner added.
“Injuries are common,” she said about those industries that require heavy equipment.
The business has four employees, but also works with 10 experts that are hired by the business to do safety training.
Todd Miner teaches CPR and first aid courses, he said, trying to engage each class as much as possible by including music and other touches to liven up the experience.
By doing so, Miner argues, those in the class retain more information.
Joy Carrosino agrees.
She’s the safety and claims coordinator for Grays Harbor County, she said, adding that county employees have to undergo CPR/first aid training every two years.
Miner taught a recent course that Carrosino called “very thorough,” “engaging,” and yet managed to keep the tone of the course light.
She also appreciated the convenience of the business coming to the county, rather than having to send county workers to another destination.Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 firstname.lastname@example.org