Oct. 27–FedEx Ground’s safety chief is President Trump’s choice to lead the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, according to media reports Friday.
Bloomberg and others said Trump would nominate Scott Mugno, vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance, to head the organization tasked with enforcing workplace health and safety rules.
Mugno joined FedEx Express in Memphis in 1994 as a senior attorney, domestic regulatory affairs. He became managing director, corporate safety, health and fire prevention for FedEx Express in 2000.
In 2011, he moved to FedEx Ground, the truck-based parcel delivery service that’s based in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh.
He leads four departments of about 200 professionals “focused on creating a safe work environment for 95,000 team members and the public,” his company bio says.
Mugno has been mentioned on a short list of possible candidates for OSHA since shortly after Trump’s election last November. Trump was reported leaning toward the head of safety at a large corporation or an industry lawyer.
The Department of Labor has been without an assistant secretary over OSHA since January, when David Michaels, an epidemiologist, stepped down after a seven-year run.
Mugno was described in a recent Transportation Topics article as the “self-proclaimed brain coach” behind a FedEx driver team competing in the National Truck Driving Championships.
FedEx’s blog called Mugno the “den mother” of FedEx’s team of drivers, couriers and others competing in the driving championships for nearly 20 years.
In the blog post, Mugno cites FedEx’s leadership in the trucking industry and credits company founder Frederick W. Smith’s safety-first philosophy.
“(Smith’s) insistence on ‘Safety Above All’ and his ‘no package we could ever carry is worth jeopardizing the safety of one employee’ approach made FedEx a safety influencer in the industry,” Mugno said.
Mugno is a New York native and graduate of Washburn University of Topeka law school.
He is chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce OSHA subcommittee and serves on other organization’s committees dealing with occupational safety and health, including the American Bar Association, American Trucking Associations and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
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