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May 26, 2017

Specialty contractor: Safety
500,000-1 million hours

Photo courtesy of University Mechanical Contractors
UMC employees are reporting more job site incidents, but the company is seeing fewer reportable injuries.

University Mechanical Contractors

AGC’s stated values of skill, integrity and responsibility dovetail with the values of the UMC Safety Department.

These principles are the foundation of the company’s goals, approach and action. However, it can be difficult to assess the effectiveness of the program since we are only as good as our last moment or decision.

UMC’s safety record (an EMR of 0.6034 and incident rate of 1.29 in 2016) indicates that the company has the skill to work safely. Skill isn’t just about the workmanship; UMC takes pride in developing its employees so they can identify potential hazards in their upcoming work and current environment, and make the necessary corrections to ensure safe work.

To advance the skills of its employees, UMC customizes its training to each specific job site’s working area.

UMC’s program relies heavily on trusting its employees to communicate safety concerns and incidents. A recent shift UMC has noticed is an increased number of reported incidents, yet a decrease in the number of reportable injuries.

In 2016, UMC had 106 reports to its safety department. Of these reports, 16 were near miss and 24 were nonwork-related. Additionally, only four reports were above a first aid, a clear indication of the program’s effectiveness.

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