By James McRay
Billy Padgett, recently named Southeast Regional Manager for Efficiency Production, Inc., is a veteran of more than 35 years in the trench safety and trench shoring industry. Efficiency will be employing Billy’s vast experience as a Market Developer for the company in the Southeast United States, as well as assisting Efficiency’s existing dealers in the region.
Billy’s trench safety training credentials draw back to the very beginning of the federal standards for safe excavation and trench shoring practices. In 1990, Billy was one of the original 12 trainers that NUCA certified to teach the first-in-the-nation “OSHA Outreach” Trenching and Excavating Competent Person program. The core subject of these classes were the newly revised OSHA Subpart P – Standards for Excavation & Trench Safety. This founding course served as the template for all trench safety training material in use today.
Billy’s experience also includes the design and development of many specialty shoring systems and products. In December 1974, Padgett created and Incorporated Laser Products, Inc.; a company that provided specialized laser and engineering equipment along with a selection of standard and specialized shoring systems. In addition, Laser Products provided training and safety solutions to the construction trade throughout the Southern United States.
At Laser Products, Billy served as owner and manager for 26 years and was the number one shoring dealer for two shoring manufacturers and was recognized as the 2009 Contactor Member of the Year by the Georgia Utility Contractors Association. Billy sold his company in 2000, but continued as a Safety Consultant for numerous underground utility and excavation companies in the Southern United States.
Padgett will be working from his office in Atlanta, Georgia, where he shares his life with his wife, Dianne. He is a dedicated father of two sons and one daughter and grandfather of eight grandchildren. His hobbies include sporting clays, target archery, fishing, and wood working.