20 Years of Zero Lost Work Days
CD Barnes Construction just marked our 20th consecutive year of having zero lost work days due to injuries or illness. This is a rare and unmatched record in the construction industry. “At CD Barnes Construction, we are proud of our commitment to safety. This 20-year safety record hasn’t happened by accident, but as a result of due diligence,” shares the company’s Safety Director.
Over the years the construction industry has taken a new approach when it comes to safety policies and procedures. Previous generations deemed construction safety as: time-consuming, suggested, bare minimum, and inconvenient. Fast forward to today and you’ll find the dreaded safety attitude of the past replaced by a more effective behavioral based outlook. Sometimes referred to as BBS, Behavioral Based Safety programs aid in creating an environment where all team members are held accountable for providing, maintaining, and promoting positive safety behaviors. In turn, the BBS reduces the opportunity for at-risk behavior to occur.
At CD Barnes Construction, safety is our number one priority and is a fundamental part of our corporate culture. The goal of our safety program is to provide our employees, customers, contractors, and visitors with a safe and healthy environment in which to work and visit. Accordingly, our team members evaluate the safety procedures of all tasks from groundbreaking to occupancy. We teach, enforce, discipline, and reward safety behavior in order to maintain our exceptional safety record.
For three consecutive years we have received a Diamond Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award as proof of our company’s dedication to upholding our safety record. The prestigious award, presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), was “established in 1989, and serves as a tool for ABC members to consistently build upon their safety training programs and gain recognition for their outstanding efforts,” according to ABC’s website. Earning this highest-level award is an amazing honor after having received eleven platinum-level awards in previous years.
CD Barnes credits our safety record, in part, to holding all levels of management responsible for the safety and well-being of their team. This responsibility can only be met by working continuously to comply with federal, state, and local safety laws, and by promoting safe work practices and attitudes.
Injuries and fatalities are detrimental alone, but they can also cost a company a great amount of time and money as well. Our exceptional safety culture is a result of long-term planning, continuous review, and buy-in from all team members.