At McGough, we take great pride in our track record of excellence in safety management. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our people, partners, and the communities for which we build. We’ve developed our own comprehensive workplace safety program to exceed OSHA requirements. A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) is a compliance-based program, that together with Site Sense – a complementary behavior-based safety program – drive our safety culture with daily education, evaluation, training, and reinforcement. We require site-wide accountability and total involvement by all personnel and subcontractors, and we apply dedicated safety management/planning resources and processes to every project.
Our AWAIR program is administered on every project by our full-time safety team and incorporates the most stringent OSHA regulations. Activities associated with this program include weekly or biweekly site audits and safety meetings, site orientations on large projects, incorporation of specific safety requirements of the owner, and participation in OSHA’s consultation program, in which OSHA representatives make scheduled visits to help identify risks and minimize hazards. In addition, regularly scheduled superintendent’s meetings include discussion of both general and specific safety concerns. Our insurance carrier and broker may also inspect jobsites at random.
Complementary to AWAIR is Site Sense, which provides behavior-based training and safety culture creation. Safety culture is instilled through positive reinforcement, a discipline policy, and accountability. For project leadership, pre-planning support and proven processes and tools help improve communication, performance monitoring, and the feedback loop. For team members, safety awareness and vesting is built through ongoing training, empowerment / ownership of responsibility, pre-task planning, and proactive and responsive review of hazards. We evaluate the success of Site Sense through annual perception surveys and internal performance tracking tools, and we regularly refine it to produce optimal outcomes.
The success of our programs is reflected in our accolades and high customer, employee, and partner satisfaction rates. We consistently outperform the national average Experience Modification Rate (EMR), and we are the only recipient of the Minnesota Safety Council Governor’s Safety Award to have received the state’s highest award for 10 consecutive years.