W.S. Bellows Construction Named Safest Construction Company in 2016

W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. of Houston, Texas was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2016 by the Associated General Contractors of America. The association, which oversees the Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, noted that 51 other companies were selected as winners for the quality of their safety programs. “Workplace safety is essential to the success of any construction project and should not be taken for granted,” said Mark Knight, the association’s past president and president of Knight Construction Services LLC in Aberdeen, South Dakot. “Firms like this prioritize and excel … Read more

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Safety First: A Look at the Latest Safety Measures and Equipment

New standards, safety gear help workers take a stand against injuries By Chris Maday Schmidt It goes without saying that the number one priority for superintendents is the safety of their crews and subcontractors. And that the number one goal is 100 percent zero incidents so that every worker goes home, unscathed, at the end of each day. Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, according to OSHA. And, when compared to all industries, the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this … Read more

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National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Presents Webinar

At 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 1, the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction presents Getting Ready for the 2017 Safety Stand-Down. The speakers for the webinar include: Chris Trahan Cain, executive director, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training Christine Branche, Ph.D., principal associate director, NIOSH, and director, Office of Construction Safety and Health Dean McKenzie, Director, OSHA directorate of construction Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. In 2012, CPWR, NIOSH and OSHA together launched a national construction fall prevention campaign. … Read more

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McCownGordon’s Ian Wood Receives Safety Trained Supervisor Construction Certification

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior Superintendent Ian Wood of McCownGordon Construction has completed all requirements to become a Board of Certified Safety Professional and has received BCSP’s Safety Trained Supervisor Construction certification. To become certified, individuals must meet eligibility criteria and demonstrate experience in the safety, health and environmental discipline. Individuals receiving STSC certification must recertify every five years to maintain certification. According to Brian Schrader, McCownGordon’s safety director, “Ian truly exemplifies our company’s culture of safety. At McCownGordon, safety is more than a procedure, process or plan. It is a daily practice and our moral responsibility.” Safety issues have … Read more

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