Randall A. Krocka, Administrator of Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT)
Randall Krocka is a third-generation sheet metal worker and has a career in the industry that has spanned more than 40 years. A graduate from the sheet metal apprenticeship in 1985, Krocka worked in residential, architectural, commercial and industrial shops throughout his career. He served as a union trustee for alma mater, Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 18 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, before his election as the local’s financial secretary-treasurer in 2003, a position he held for a decade until he became administrator of the Sheet Metal Occupational Institute Trust (SMOHIT) in 2013.
During his career, Krocka saw workers take shortcuts to get the job done, putting themselves at risk of injury and/or illness. This led him to serve on numerous safety committees, which piqued his interest and raised his awareness of safety issues in the shop and on the job site.
As administrator, he sits on several committees, including the North American Building Trades Unions’ (NABTU) Opioid Task Force, and as a board member and vice-chairman of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP). He also was a member of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) from 2017 to 2020.
Over the years, the term “safety and health” has grown to mean more than just physical occupational safety. In an effort to raise awareness of mental health, substance use disorders and suicide in the construction industry, Krocka works with many organizations that focus on those issues. In the coming years, his goal is to grow SMOHIT’s mental health and safety programs aimed at helping members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART).