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May 16, 2014

Subcontractor: Safety
Over 400,000 hours

Photo courtesy of The Miller Hull Partnership [enlarge]
UMC helped build the city of Seattle’s South Transfer Station, completed in 2013.

University Mechanical Contractors

University Mechanical Contractors has developed a culture of safety leadership, commitment, communication and innovation.

The firm takes a proactive stance and tries to devise new ways of working smart and safe, encouraging every member of the crew to be part of the safety team. Incident statistics are reported and analyzed in monthly safety meetings. A thorough analysis of every incident is presented and ideas are discussed to avoid similar incidents in the future.

UMC has also recently implemented the practice of having the responsible foremen attend the monthly committee meeting to present their interpretation of the case. Participation by top managers in these meetings reinforces that they are the safety decision-makers and that safety is prioritized throughout the organization.

UMC management also demonstrates its commitment to safety by giving top priority to safety-equipment purchases. Providing leading-edge equipment demonstrates to the entire team that management is serious about safety and is willing to provide what is needed for safe work.

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