Our Safety Promise
At IPR, we strive each and every day to prevent incidents that might otherwise cause harm to our workforce, the general public, or the environment. Our goal is to protect our biggest assets, our people, and our communities, by promoting an injury-free and incident-free workplace.
Safety Values
IPR has a dedicated team of Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) professionals who “set the safety standard” for our workforce and conduct routine safety performance evaluations. The team is committed to keeping job sites injury-free and creating a world-class safety culture at IPR.
An unwavering commitment to safety is a non-negotiable condition of employment at IPR. The company backs its employees’ commitment by providing training and continuing education on best EH&S practices. IPR’s “see something, say something” philosophy encourages safe conduct and empowers our team members to act decisively to prevent incidents.
Every employee has the responsibility to shut down any perceived unsafe condition, and to engage operations management to address safety concerns.
Environmental Health & Safety Managers
Eric Barger  |  IPR Southeast

After receiving his Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health Technology at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Eric Barger has never stop implementing the practices of safety within his lifetime. He started his career in 1993 as an Aircraft Mechanic in the U.S. Navy and worked his way up through a Quality Assurance position. He realized his highest potential: an active role of leadership in the Navy’s safety programs. In the next ten years, Barger spearheaded a multitude of safety programs and was an avid instructor in the Navy. He was a certified instructor who used extensive technical knowledge of 1700 graduates. His students maintained a 90 percent grade point average with a 3 percent academic attrition rate through his teachings.

After retirement, Barger wanted to continue his passion for safety implementation and took on the role of EH&S Manager for the IPR Southeast Division. He loves to help people do their job and get them back home safe after every project.

“The best quality of IPR is that they will put the material and effort in doing the job right” – Eric Barger.

Robert Samonie  |  IPR Great Lakes

For nearly a decade, Mr. Samonie has been an advocate for safety issues throughout the pipe-liner industry. He started his safety debut in Raleigh, North Carolina as a Safety Manager for Coastal Mechanical. He realized his passion for safe practices and began to become more involved in all aspects of safety. In only five months, Samonie was promoted as a Regional Safety Manager. He transferred to Infrasource in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and continued his talents within the Great Lakes area. Although he loved his work and travel, he eventually wanted to settle down and start a family with his wife. He moved down to Detroit, Michigan, and was offered a position within IPR as an EH&S Manager for the Great Lakes Region.

"One of the best qualities of IPR is the communication," said Mr. Samonie. "I love being in Safety because I love being able to make a difference in the atmosphere/culture of the men in the field."

Fermin Flores   |  IPR South Central

At 17 years old, Fermin Flores worked directly for Shell Oil & Gas Refining as an administrative assistant in Deer Park, Texas. He was involved in creating multiple training modules and site safety protocols. Mr. Flores' duties as an assistant eventually converted into his life's passion. He wanted to make a meaningful impact. He decided to pursue a career in Occupational Health and Safety and continued working with Shell. From welders to boilermakers, Mr. Flores learned the backbone of manufacturing tasks and what is needed to provide a safe operation. He attained his Construction Site and Safety Technician certificate while he worked as a safety assistant. Mr. Flores later transferred his skills to the IPR team as the Environmental Health & Safety Manager of IPR South Central and has been working with the team for about five years.

To this day, Mr. Flores continuously works to keep employees safe and diligently pursues to reduce OSHA recordable within the company. "I was given a tremendous opportunity to start my career in safety at the age of 21 years old. IPR has seen exciting growth, but the company continues to emphasize safety in the pursuit of operational excellence. I enjoy what I do and every aspect of my job. I care about our employees and want to ensure that they return home safely every day to their loved ones. IPR has given me the opportunity, experience, and knowledge to grow in my professional career as a safety manager."

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