"Standing Down” For Safety

In light of two tragic fatalities on Bay Area construction sites (not Blach sites) in the past few weeks, I wanted to take a moment to talk about safety and what Blach is doing for project team safety planning.

As part of our continued partnership with Cal/OSHA and OSHA and to support our commitment to safety, we recently hosted a “Stand Down” at the new Health & Wellness Center job site at San Jose State University.

I am proud to say that the federal OSHA representative told me during the event that our project site was clearly “a best-in-class demonstration of making safety a core value.”

In addition to the Stand Down event, Blach has collaborated with these organizations to strengthen our overall safety efforts, particularly through the process of obtaining Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status. The Voluntary Protection Program is the highest safety status available in the industry.

In the VPP, Blach’s field management, labor representatives and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces/sites that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.

Our field teams are passionate about maintaining a culture of safety and encourage multi-trade accountability, and the Stand Down event helped to remind all of our crew, partners, visitors and guests that safety is our #1 priority. Check out this page for more info on Blach’s safety culture. 

Posted on June 06, 2014 by Mike Holland
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