Grand Award - Safety
General contractor
Under 200,000 hours

Centennial Contractors Enterprises



Photo courtesy of Centennial Contractors Enterprises
All new Centennial employees begin with an orientation that includes comprehensive training locally and a four-day orientation at the firmís corporate headquarters in Virginia.

Centennial Contractors Enterprise believes that a well-educated workforce reduces accidents and fosters a culture of safety. Centennial advocates for safety with its customers, subcontractors and students as well as its own employees.

All new Centennial employees begin with an orientation that includes comprehensive training locally and a four-day orientation at the firmís corporate headquarters in Virginia.

Centennial, an AGC Safety Team member, promotes its safety culture beyond its own employees.

Subcontractors, before they are allowed to bid on Centennial projects, must have their management team complete a safety orientation. Foremen and work crews then receive a project-specific safety orientation.

But safety training doesnít stop at orientation ó itís an ongoing process. For example, Centennial holds an annual safety fair for employees, customers and subcontractors. Nationally recognized safety experts talk about important safety topics such as crane management and fall protection.

Through its ďRide AlongĒ program, operational staff attend safety inspections and audits with a project safety manager to get firsthand exposure to safety issues. The firmís quarterly safety award recognizes exceptional accomplishments.

Centennial also works hard to instill a culture of safety within the next generation of construction workers. The firm volunteers for the Puget Sound Skill Centerís career fair, where its engineers, superintendents and safety personnel demonstrate proper safety techniques and encourage students to enter the construction industry and construction trades.

Centennialís emphasis on safety education shows up in statistics like this one: Zero recordable injuries during more than 160,000 employee-hours worked in 2009.

For its innovation and leadership in safety, Centennial receives the 2010 AGC Build Washington grand award for safety excellence.



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