During his tenure with OSHA, he addressed fatalities in the communication tower industry; built a strong relationship with the Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health; and took a lead role in the Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign. Tom Underhill, Executive Director said McKenzie also worked closely with SEAA on safety issues related to structural steel construction. “SEAA viewed McKenzie as a partner. He was was willing to bridge the gap from SEAA and OSHA. A great man has gone to heaven,” said Dave Schulz, of Schulz Iron Works, Raleigh, N.C., President of SEAA.
Ed Valencia, corporate safety director for MEMCO and former chairman of the SEAA Safety Committee said McKenzie will remembered as a great friend to our industry and a great personal friend. “Dean had a passion for employee safety but we also shared a special interest in steel erection and fall protection. He always answered his phone to discuss safety and was open-minded and very pro-active. I know Dean is looking down on us all 100% tied off with a great big smile,” said Valencia.