Why #1 Isn’t Good Enough: Blach’s Pursuit of Safety Excellence

We often talk about the importance of safety at Blach. In the workplace, on the job site, on the road and pretty much everywhere in between.

Recently, Blach was honored with a first place AGC of California Award for Safety Excellence (CSEA) for mid-sized contractors. 

The CSEA award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our staff during the previous year and it’s something that I am truly proud of. However, the company’s commitment to safety excellence means that we must always look forward.  As a result, Blach has taken steps toward obtaining the highest safety status in any industry through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

VPP is an OSHA initiative that encourages private industry and federal agencies to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention, work site analysis, training and cooperation between management and workers. VPP enlists worker involvement to achieve injury and illness rates that are below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

Pursuit of a VPP status demonstrates official recognition of the outstanding practices that our employees cooperatively maintain to enforce exemplary occupational safety and health. 
So what does this mean to our clients and partners? Working with a VPP company translates to fewer injuries and illnesses on projects and increased profits (due in part to reduced workers’ compensation premiums). 

Obtaining VPP status is difficult to achieve — fewer than 100 general contractors in the nation have done so — but the benefits are far-reaching. In keeping with our commitment to continuous improvement, we hope to add Blach Construction to the VPP list in 2014.

For more information about Blach's safety program and awards, click here. For more infomation on the VPP, please click here (source). 

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Mike Holland
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