Fred W. Bonewell
Show Date: September 12th, 2018
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Fred W. Bonewell
Chief Security and Safety Officer
Fred Bonewell has more than 30 years of leadership and has developed and implemented behavioral based safety along with Job Safety Analysis methods and improved risk evaluation in multiple companies. Fred currently serves as the Chief Security & Safety Officer of CPS Energy, the country’s largest municipally-owned utility in the US providing both electric and gas service to its customers.
Fred provides leadership and direction to a diversified team of security and safety professionals providing expert advice to mitigate and reduce risk to enable our employees and community to work in a safe manner and environment. Bonewell leads our security & safety programs that serve 3200 employees, both union and non-union.
Fred began his safety career by achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Safety & Environmental Management in 1980 from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. In the 35 years since, Fred has led excellence in HSE in heavy construction related industries.
His first industry assignment was with LG&E Energy where he spent sixteen years establishing a safety department and safety performance improved by 60%. There he developed strong relationships with union leadership, recognizing the connection to safe work.
Next he spent ten years at Florida Power & Light. Under his leadership in safety and labor relations there the company achieved the Best Safety Program in the South-eastern Electric Exchange award.
From there he spent time with a number of companies making significant impacts to safety at each one prior to joining CPS Energy in 2015. Notably he spent 5 years at the Enel Group in Italy where he received the DuPont Safety Award for a 24/7 project. He also developed and implemented a safety initiative that spanned twenty-two countries and 81,000 employees. All of these experiences led to his expertise in leading safety and security missions for CPS Energy.
Fred came to CPS Energy in early 2015 bringing with him 30 years of Safety Experience and knowledge. He built an enterprise safety plan around “Zero Harm” prior to coming on board. He built a culture of Actively Caring focusing on accountability for safety for all. He surveyed the recent history of incidents and systematically removed casual factors to drive safety improvements. From there he built a Behavioral Based Safety Program to get all involved in safety and promote “Watching Each Other’s Backs”. Included in this were post-holiday safety stand ups to reengage the entire work force in work and dialogue with all employees about working toward safety interdependency. In addition he began building a Job Safety Analysis Program to ensure that jobs were started with the right focus on safety and risk evaluation every time and consistently. From there he has continued to drive a Zero Harm Culture.
He oversees all of CPS Energy’s internal and external safety programs. Through a behavior-based safety program, the company continues to experience a reduction in employee accidents through the promotion of safety awareness. A similar approach is being implemented externally to encourage safety among contractors as well as customers.
Fred incorporates human factors quality evaluation into his preventative work toward, “Zero Harm”. Fred established a safety index incorporating leading indicators. In each organization he was able to drive significant improvement through relationships.
Fred was awarded the San Antonio Business Journal’s C-Suite Award which recognized Fred for his distinguished leadership and skills within CPS Energy and the San Antonio community
Fred has been recognized as an Honorary Commander for the 149th US Air Force Fighter Squadron. In that capacity, he participates in the wing’s Pilot for a day in which terminally ill children are given a day in the wing’s facilities as their honoree.
Fred was awarded the 2016 Distinguished National Safety Council Award, a prestigious national distinction.
Fred is married and has a daughter and son in law.