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OSHA 500 Authorized Trainers

Rick Damo

Corporate Safety Coordinator

Rick Damo oversees and manages a team of safety professionals in all aspects of safety, including site safety evaluations, OSHA training, and incident investigations. He began his career with HardHat in 2012 as the Cary office Operations Manager and advanced into his current role as Safety Coordinator in March of 2015. Before joining HardHat, he was a proud member of the United States Navy, where he served with a diverse range of departments, including Aviation, Intermediate Maintenance, and Corrections. Rick retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after a 21-year career of Honorable Naval service. He currently advises customers as well as employees of the importance of education and implementation of the safest industry standards. Rick holds a US Department of Labor 500 OTI and OSHA 7505 Accident and Incident Investigation Certification.



Don Beddiges

Solar Division

Don started with HardHat in 2005 as the Raleigh manager and is currently the Director of the Solar Division for HardHat Workforce Solutions, where he oversees the growth and safety for this division. Don has worked for 17 years in the staffing industry, which has taught him that customer responsiveness and employee retention are the keys to a successful business. He understands that safety is the number one priority for HardHat, so he inspects each jobsite and offers insight into keeping employees safe. Don adheres to the United States Marine Corps creed: “No Man is Left Behind,” which guides his dedication to the safety of all HardHat employees. Don is an OSHA 500 Authorized Construction Trainer, teaching the ten-hour and thirty-hour OSHA classes. He believes that solar power is part of North Carolina’s future, so he is involved with the North Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance.



Mike Bragg

General Manager

Mike has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and joined the HardHat team in 2004. He started in the in the 1980s as an electrician’s helper, building high-rise condominiums in Myrtle Beach, SC. He then worked as an electrician for nearly 15 years on various commercial, industrial and residential new construction and service projects in the Carolinas. In the mid 1990s, Mike decided to make a career change and began working in sales and customer service in the insurance industry. During this time he received a tremendous amount of sales and service training which eventually led to a position in the construction staffing industry. During his years in staffing, Mike has worked as a Field Sales Representative, Recruiter, Operations Manager, and now General Manager and Safety Trainer. In 2010 Mike completed the OTI #500 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction from the U.S. Department of Labor and currently teaches the 10 Hour and 30 Hour OSHA Safety Course for the Greensboro Branch. With his first-hand knowledge from being in the field as an electrician, he brings a unique perspective to safety training with real-world examples of hazard recognition from the eyes of the worker.



Jon Rhodes

Operations Manager

Jon Rhodes has 13 years experience in the construction industry, holding positions as a plumber, electrician, and HVAC sheet metal helper. Most of his experience has been in the commercial and industrial electric field, with 10 years combined on the job. He has a journeyman electrician’s certificate and has completed several major projects throughout the state in a supervisor’s role. He has completed OSHA 10, 30, 510, and 500 from the U.S. Department of Labor and is now an OSHA 500 Authorized Construction Trainer, teaching OSHA 10-hour classes twice a month. Since early 2014, Jon has worked with the management team at HardHat Workforce, striving every day to provide clients with quality skilled trade professionals.



Nathan Clay

Operations Manager

After attending the University of New Mexico, Nathan began working as a general laborer for his family company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There he was able to acquire hands-on construction experience, gain an appreciation for safety, and strengthen his Spanish language proficiency. Nathan continued to work in the construction industry for six years in Albuquerque before making the move to Charlotte, NC and joining the HardHat family. Currently, Nathan is the Project Coordinator for the Charlotte HardHat office and an OSHA 500 Authorized Construction Trainer. Two of his main goals at HardHat are to increase employee awareness and implementation of safety measures and to help promote a culture of safety.