Celebrating On-the-Job Safety
In June, Miller-Valentine Construction hit a milestone date six years in the making… 1,000,000 hours worked Accident Free! It’s clear that safety is a priority at Miller-Valentine, and of daily significance on job sites and in the office.
Bill Burke, Safety Director, leads the safety program for Miller-Valentine Construction. Burke, a 22-year industry veteran, and certified OSHA outreach instructor is responsible for reviewing and implementing safety tactics to ensure all Associates return home safe at the end of the day. However, ensuring a strong safety program is in place and carried out is not a one man job. According to Bill, “Our Associates are the reason for our success. Everyone at the company has a stake in safety.” Management constantly challenges all Associates to apply, train, inspect and monitor safety practices in order to ensure safety on construction job sites.”
Making Workplace Safety Part of the Corporate Culture
Achieving an outstanding safety record comes as a result of hard work. When the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed by Congress, the intent was “to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources by encouraging employers and employees in their efforts to reduce the number of occupational safety and health hazards at their places of employment, and to stimulate employers and employees to institute new and to perfect existing programs for providing safe and healthful working conditions.” In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instituted a Voluntary Protection Program in 1982 to incentivize for worksite safety. The VPP guidelines emphasize four steps to superior safety:
- Management commitment
- Employee involvement
- Hazard analysis
- Continuous training and education
Those are steps that the Miller-Valentine Group takes very seriously. We are proud to have been the first contractor in the state of Ohio to achieve the OSHA VPP Star Designation, state-wide certification. In addition, Miller-Valentine Group has achieved OSHA’s highest honor for contractors with superior safety programs.
Why Choosing a Safety-Conscious Contractor Matters
When choosing a contractor for a commercial construction project, you need to consider the contractor’s safety record for several reasons.
- Reduce legal risk: The Construction Industry Institute® points out that legal cases related to job-site accidents increasingly involve owners as third-party defendants. By choosing a contractor with a stellar safety record, you lower the risk of unforeseen legal costs, in addition to the increased insurance costs that would likely result from an accident claim.
- Keep projects on track: When an accident takes place on a job site, it can impact the schedule beyond a single day. As you can imagine, productivity declines during the event—when work slows or stops to help the injured worker. Finding a replacement worker and accommodating an OSHA investigation can further impede progress on the project.
- Employee Involvement: All employees, including subcontractors, are actively involved in making the safety and health of ALL personnel on a project, paramount to the success of a project. Everyone is responsible for safety, not just the Safety Director or Management.
Reaching this milestone of one million work hours without a lost-time incident took six years, but it represents just one achievement in Miller-Valentine Construction’s on-going commitment to workplace safety. Since 2011, for example, we are 100 percent below the national average in lost time injuries based on data provided by the Bureau of Labor statistics. In 2013 and 2014, Miller-Valentine Construction received the Diamond Award for Safety from a national industry association, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). What’s next? More of the same. As Miller-Valentine Group CEO Bill Krul said, “At Miller-Valentine we cultivate a culture of safety throughout the organization; we make it a priority on every project.” To learn more about our safety program and how it benefits you, contact Bill Burke at 513.884.8400.