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May 31, 2018

Specialty Contractor: Safety
500,000-1 million hours

University Mechanical Contractors

University Mechanical Contractors relies on pride-based safety where everyone is responsible for their safety and the safety of their coworkers.

Attitude is one of the essential elements of UMC’s safety program. The company no longer has a “have-to” attitude, but instead has a pride-based safety program where employees work safely because they want to. UMC’s safety-first attitude is evident throughout the organization.

Pride-based safety is the primary concept that motivates the company’s crews to work safely and to look out for one another. Pride-based safety is workers knowing they’re doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons, especially when no one is looking. This enables great conversation when workers can step back from an operation and ask fellow employees if they would be proud having their operation highlighted in UMC’s marketing materials, and watch them quickly assess changes they would like to make.

Risk assessments are completed for each task. UMC emphasizes best possible solutions, not just simply following the rules. Crossing the street with the walk signal on is legal but may be very unsafe if there are distractions or low visibility. The same is true in construction where a worker may be tied off, but could still fall and get hurt. Engineering controls, administrative controls or fall restraint would be a much better solution.

At UMC, risk analysis looks at all of the consequences and identifies the safest alternatives, not simply the compliant solutions.


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