WWJ Closeup, June 2020

BILL LILLICH, CWD, CSP-I
Sales Manager
Environmental Equipment & Supply LLC
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
My mother told me, “You’re no better than anyone else and no one is better than you. Always strive to be the best you can be, and when you teach others, do so as equals and never act like you know everything.”

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
While in the U.S. Navy, I would have gone to college to earn an engineering degree. I feel that having the education and my experience would have helped my career.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Teaching coworkers and customers. Helping coworkers in deciding what equipment is best used for certain applications is rewarding. Also, teaching our customers how to choose the right pump, air monitor, water quality meter, or how to construct a monitoring well is equally as rewarding.

SMART SAFETY MEANS?
Smart safety can only be achieved when all consequences of required safety measures are considered and addressed.

THE MOST COMMON SAFETY MISTAKE YOU SEE?
Improper lifting—not just in the workplace but also in the afterwork activities. Most of the time you do not see immediate effects of improper lifting. It may take years before the actual effects are seen.

FAVORITE SAFETY RESOURCE?
First, YouTube safety videos on electrical safety, manual lifting, behavior-based safety, drilling safety, etc. and websites addressing incident lessons learned and incident reports. Second, other industry professionals. I’ve found the groundwater industry is eager to share information on safety. They will either give you an answer or let you know where to find it.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN AS CHAIR OF NGWA’S SAFETY SUBCOMMITTEE?
There is always more to learn. I felt I brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with me. As a member, and then as chair, I realized by interacting with others on the subcommittee I learned a great deal more from their experience and knowledge on safety topics.