Ruppert Landscape, Laytonsville, Maryland, promoted Adrian Karver to the newly created position of region safety manager. In this capacity, he will support the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia branches to create a safer work environment for the company’s maintenance operations by reducing risk, preventing accidents and promoting safety culture.
Karver holds a degree in landscape architecture from Penn State University and is a Landscape Certified Technician and Certified Pesticide Applicator. He began his career with Ruppert in 1996 as an assistant supervisor in the Forestville, Maryland, branch. Following the sale of the company in 1998, he stayed on with TruGreen and held several roles including enhancement manager and branch manager, settling in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he still resides. After Ruppert rejoined the industry, he returned to the company in 2007 as an area manager in the Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, branch and went on to help open the King of Prussia office.
“Adrian has been involved as a branch safety representative in the industry for the past 20 years and is as passionate about safety as anyone you will ever meet,” says Greg Franklin, director of fleet and facilities. “We are excited to have more boots on the ground and increase our presence in the branches as Adrian focuses his time and energy with our northern landscape management teams.”
“I consider it a privilege to now be in a role where I can devote my efforts towards helping our employees go home to their families safe and sound each day,” says Karver. “This newly created position will allow both Dave Sanders (director of safety and risk) and me the bandwidth to spend more time in the branches assisting with training and supporting branch safety reps with things like a.m. safety inspections and field safety inspections. This added time with the managers and crews doing the work will help us to get closer to the employees that experience the greatest risk in our day-to-day operations and will yield the greatest positive results as we ensure they are consistently operating safely.”