REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- As a safety specialist at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Jonathan Niedergeses manages the Safety Occupational Health inspection program for AMRDEC operations. This requires conducting annual safety audits to ensure compliance with Army and OSHA regulations, assistance in conducting risk assessments for hazardous operations, and providing subject matter expertise to Collateral Duty Safety Officers to ensure operations are conducted safely.

"I enjoy the diversity of the job," said Niedergeses. "The mixture of office work and field work is a good balance. My family is my strongest inspiration for working. I am motivated to ensure that every AMRDEC employee safely goes home to their family every night."

Job safety creates a productive, efficient, and happy workforce. An injury on the job site negatively effects productivity. A serious injury can effect families, friends, co-workers, and even communities.

"Ensuring compliance, conducting risk assessments, implementing safety controls, and ensuring employees are properly trained in safety allows for a safe work environment," Niedergeses said.

Niedergeses holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Athens State and a Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University.

"I enjoy watching and playing sports; mostly football, baseball, and basketball. Most of my time is dedicated to my wife and one year old son, so I don't really make time for hobbies. I also enjoy shooting guns and will occasionally go deer hunting."

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The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.