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Work Access Group Launches Innovation Council

Work access and specialized services provider BrandSafway has formed an innovation council to identify, develop, and launch new ideas.

“The BrandSafway Innovation Council will focus on harnessing internal creativity in the development of new processes and tools,” said CEO Bill Hayes.

Access Solutions Sought

The company offers products such as the QuikDeck suspended access system, which creates a factory-floor-like platform in the air while reducing craft labor by 35 percent or more; and BrandNet, which increases productivity on jobsites through access optimization.

“Our Innovation Council is developing a pipeline of similar, innovative solutions,” Hayes said. “They will focus on accelerating ideation, development, and commercialization.”

Access and industrial services are connected to many major industries — refining, power, commercial construction, transportation, and infrastructure. “By helping our customers improve safety and increase productivity, we can have a powerful, positive impact on our customers, their industries and the economy,” Hayes explained. “The council is an important step in improving and accelerating innovation globally, while ultimately increasing the value we bring to our customer sites.”

Council Chair Named

Vishnu Irigireddy, vice president of global engineering for SafeWorks, a BrandSafway company, was named council chair.

“The Innovation Council not only provides an opportunity for ideas to be heard and carefully considered; it’s a great way for our various divisions and departments to build off each other, and in the end, come up with even better, safer and more productive solutions for our customers,” Irigireddy said.

Irigireddy joined the SafeWorks leadership team in 2016, bringing more than 18 years of senior leadership experience in engineering and strategic growth. The council also includes leaders from throughout the company’s departments and divisions. This includes product line management, safety, business, and operational leaders in the group’s industrial, commercial, and infrastructure segments. 

For more information, contact: BrandSafway, (800) 558-4772,