Get to know ME


MY History

I graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Administrative Management.

From there, I got my start in the steel business as a Melting Department clerk in 1980, holding various positions with Refractory and Steel companies both hourly and in management. 

Fifteen years later and with a growing family, I went to work on construction and start-up of Steel Dynamics, Inc. There I held multiple supervisory positions until I became the Melting Department Manager until retiring in January 2017.  I then started “Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches” shortly after.

Life is a game of Russian Roulette. The trick is to take the bullets out of that gun.

My Story

On December 30, 1995 I was working in the Electric Arc Furnace combustion chamber when a piece of slag fell out and struck me in the head. It caused a complete skull fracture, with a section of my skull depressed against my brain. 

I tell the story of the accident and how I came to realize the impact on my family the accident had. What changed my life was realizing the potential impact it would have had if I hadn't survived.

But not being killed was not the luckiest thing that happened that day. 

In the manlift basket beside me was another man that trusted me to ensure his safety.  That man walking away unhurt was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me.

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