Pete Wiggins

Pete was one the two principal officers of the franchisor company, and created key operation systems that enabled non-contractors to operate this complicated design/build business specializing in outdoor structures.


In 2010 he and his business partner became part of SMI Safety with the mission of growing and improving the company’s prequalification service. They re-branded the service under the name FIRST, VERIFY and have continued to grow the business while completely revamping the software.


FIRST, VERIFY clients are in manufacturing (food, farm equipment, computer chip), brewing, utilities, retail, ethanol/biodiesel and commercial construction. Companies include GPC, Archer Daniels Midland, Green Plains, Gordmans, GlaxoSmithKline, Boston Beer, PPL-EU (Pennsylvania Power & Light), American Crystal Sugar, AGCO and more.

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Articles by Pete Wiggins


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Using outsourced labor? Find out where your blind spots are - and what you might be missing.

Hiring a contractor comes with risks Hiring a contractor comes with risks Hiring a contractor comes with risks Hiring a contractor comes with risks


Bringing in outside contractors comes with some risks. Find out what steps you can take to minimize them.

What's Wrong with In-House Prequalification Systems? What's Wrong with In-House Prequalification Systems? What's Wrong with In-House Prequalification Systems? What's Wrong with In-House Prequalification Systems?


In-house prequalifications can be a hassle for a growing company. Learn about their limitations and the alternative you should be...

How Online Safety Orientations Can Benefit You How Online Safety Orientations Can Benefit You How Online Safety Orientations Can Benefit You How Online Safety Orientations Can Benefit You


Switching to online safety orientations can seem daunting, but there are advantages. Find out how to overcome the limitations of classroom...

The Truth About Certificates of Insurance The Truth About Certificates of Insurance The Truth About Certificates of Insurance The Truth About Certificates of Insurance


There are common confusions and misconceptions about certificates of insurance (COI). If you deal with contractors or suppliers, here's...

The Case for Prequalifying Contractors and Suppliers The Case for Prequalifying Contractors and Suppliers The Case for Prequalifying Contractors and Suppliers The Case for Prequalifying Contractors and Suppliers


Even the safest companies run risks when they bring a contractor on board. Find out how prequalification can help you prevent those risks.

Q&A by Pete Wiggins


What's the biggest advantage of a good prequalification system? What's the biggest advantage of a good prequalification system? What's the biggest advantage of a good prequalification system? What's the biggest advantage of a good prequalification system?


There are many advantages to a good prequalification system, so it may be hard to select one above all others. Since it comes down to...

Can implementing a rigorous safety culture actually reduce costs? Can implementing a rigorous safety culture actually reduce costs? Can implementing a rigorous safety culture actually reduce costs? Can implementing a rigorous safety culture actually reduce costs?


One of the of the easiest ways to reduce cost is to cut the cost of your insurance premiums. Many companies don’t recognize that insurance...

Why don't in-house contractor prequalification systems work? Why don't in-house contractor prequalification systems work? Why don't in-house contractor prequalification systems work? Why don't in-house contractor prequalification systems work?


In all fairness, some in-house systems work very well. Smaller companies that only deal with a limited number of contractors at one...

How do you go about changing the culture? How do you go about changing the culture? How do you go about changing the culture? How do you go about changing the culture?


Changing a company’s safety culture is not easy to accomplish, but it doesn’t have to be too difficult. Over the years, we have seen...