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May 26, 2017

Specialty contractor: Safety
Over 1 million hours

Photo courtesy of MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions
New employees are taught the company’s safety culture and encouraged to ask questions about working safely.

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

MacDonald-Miller’s safety program and all other departments within the company promote skill, integrity and responsibility.

The company receives all its field workers from the union hall, who arrive with the skills to do the job. Then supervisors assign a journeyman to mentor the apprentices and teach them how to work safely.

Every employee attends a new employee orientation on day one. In this class, one of the many things that gets covered is the company’s safety culture. MacDonald-Miller spends time explaining that its rules and policies are not recommendations, they must be followed in order to work there.

MacDonald-Miller tells new employees the company is very willing to teach what they need to know, and if they have any questions they can ask them. However when there are employees that just simply refuse to follow the rules and work safe, the company cannot afford to employ them.

All employees have the right and responsibility to stop work if they believe that something is unsafe.

Employees often say how much they appreciate how friendly and open they find the safety department at MacDonald-Miller. The company takes great pride in the fact that employees feel comfortable bringing up concerns without fear of retaliation.

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