Miller-Valentine Construction Again Attains Coveted Safety Designation
It’s no exaggeration to say that Miller-Valentine Construction’s safety management systems and performance are among the best in the country. In November 2019, we were recertified as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at the “Star” level—the highest possible designation.
The VPP recognizes employers and workers that implement safety and health management systems that go above and beyond baseline OSHA regulations. Miller-Valentine was first awarded the VPP designation for our Ohio operations in 2008, and we have held it continually since then.
The certification puts our company in an elite group: Less than 2% of contractors across the country are VPP certified. Yet, companies that are VPP certified have a Total Recordable Incident Rate that is on average 52% lower than the industry.
Protecting Our Associates
The goal of every Miller-Valentine job site is for everyone to go home at the end of the day in the same or better condition than when they came. And that starts by embracing a higher standard for safety at every level of our organization.
To achieve VPP certification, we must demonstrate innovative methods for improving safety across four elements:
- Management leadership and employee involvement
- Worksite analysis
- Hazard prevention and control
- Safety and health training
What does VPP look like in action? Take the issue of falls, which are the number one source of fatalities in the construction industry. At Miller-Valentine, we use a four-step approach to fall prevention that starts with eliminating the hazard or seeking safer ways to complete the work. For example, rather than send a worker onto a roof edge where there the potential for a fall exists, we first exhaust all other safer options. This might include performing the task from a man lift or scaffolding or using a fall restraint.
Another best practice we employ: requiring all Associates to complete an OSHA 10 or 30 construction safety course before they ever set foot on a job site. This helps us ensure hazards are identified, reported and corrected before an incident can occur.
Protecting Our Customers
Keeping our Associates and contractors safe is not the only reason we exceed industry safety standards. We are also vested in protecting our customers’ operations. Our work is often done in existing facilities, where our actions reflect on our customers. In these situations, safety planning extends to safeguarding our customers from potential hazards and ensuring business continuity.
Consider an expansion project in a hospital setting. An unplanned power outage or a fire could have disastrous consequences for the hospital’s operations. A serious safety incident or regulatory citation could negatively influence the hospital’s day-to-day operations and brand for years to come.
Our safety management system takes all of these factors into account. Throughout the project, we maintain close communication with building owners and our contractors to eliminate potential safety hazards as well as surprises. After all, the best contractor is one that’s invisible to the customer. We can only achieve that if there are zero incidents on site.
A Nationwide Commitment
The VPP certification only applies to our operations in the state of Ohio. However, all of our job sites adhere to the same safety management systems, processes, and procedures to achieve our zero-incident culture. Our customers can expect the same high level of safety vigor, consistency and uncompromising commitment to job site safety and security at any Miller-Valentine Construction project nationwide.
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