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May 17, 2019
University Mechanical Contractors
University Mechanical Contractors earned the Grand Award for Safety Excellence. Safety is the top priority on UMC jobsites, where safety training begins immediately and continues throughout a worker’s tenure at UMC.
With UMC anticipating a doubling of its field staff in 2018, the company decided that all new hires in the field would report to UMC headquarters for safety orientation on their very first day. UMC’s safety department trained over 200 newly hired employees in 2018 (approximately 25 percent from out of state).
The company’s safety orientation covers all UMC safety requirements, expectations, best practices and safety challenges specific to each site. Whether one-on-one, or in a group of twenty, UMC taps into the pride of the new hires. Each employee introduces themselves and is asked that they end with what their passion is outside of work. The employees’ passions are reintroduced throughout the orientation, bringing the “why we do what we do” concept full circle.
The company emphasizes its pride-based safety culture throughout the orientation: 1. Lead by example, 2. Own your zone, 3. 5 for 5 (continuous visual risk assessments), 4. Know when to stop, ask questions, report an unsafe condition, or get more information. Employees at all levels of UMC understand from day one that absolutely no task, crane pick, delivery, budget, deadline or client is more important than theirs or others’ safety.
UMC always looks for where to put the focus for continuous improvement. The company’s focus for this year is to make its innovation implementation even more effective and streamlined. One part is currently being done with the development of a new company intranet that will have interactive interfaces between all employees, giving them real-time dashboards along with customized innovative solutions that relate specifically to the challenges that face the construction industry. The new intranet will provide a faster, efficient and responsive platform to display video links, how to order jobsite supplies and the availability, and step-by-step processes of various best practices.