Lynn Goodman, Field Operations Superintendent; Eric Park, President; Ed Banner, Safety Coordinator & Leadership Coach; and Jeff Fairchild, General Manager of Park Enterprise Construction accept the John F. Lacey Memorial Safety Award.
HCSS user Park Enterprise Construction Company was recently awarded the prestigious John F. Lacey Memorial Safety Award by the Marion Chamber Safety Council.
This award, given in cooperation with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene, was an important milestone in Ohio contractor Park Enterprise’s safety culture transformation.
As part of the selection process, Park Enterprise received a site visit by the council, during which they gave a presentation of their safety system, including a full demo of HCSS Safety, to a panel of six judges.
Park gave the judges a link to HCSS Safety Observations right on their phones. The judges were able to see how the company engages all of their employees with the opportunity to generate positive and negative safety observations in the daily work environment.
In their presentation, Park further emphasized the importance of a safety system, which continues to improve day after day, rather than a program, which has a beginning and an end.
“We embarked on the journey to change our entire safety culture in April 2018, starting with the purchase of a state-of-the-art safety system, HCSS Safety, which is designed especially for the construction industry,” said Park Enterprise Safety Coordinator Ed Banner. “We have been working very hard to institutionalize a culture of safety throughout the entire organization. It is our belief that the cultural transformation that needs to take place needs to start with the leadership, and that’s the job site foreman.”
Park’s foremen are using HCSS Safety in the HCSS Field Mobile App to record safety meetings, job site inspections, and observations. Since implementing the software, they have had two random OSHA safety inspections at job sites without a citation or fine.
Banner said the key to success in starting a safety system is to assemble the company’s leaders and gain their commitment, especially from the general manager or company president. A commitment to change the culture, he said, is required from the top level down.
“All eyes are on the leader,” Banner said. “What the leader does, how the leader behaves, and how the leader lives the beliefs and models the behavior is a key attribute.”
The safety team also focuses on coaching and mentoring foremen to help build the safety culture, rather than acting as the finger pointer when things aren’t right, which has helped developed a level of trust and mutual respect with their foremen.
“Everyone believes they have a personal commitment each day to a higher purpose to take care of those we love and care about within our family structure,” Banner said. “Nothing is more important in the whole Park organization than our people and to ensure they go home each night safe and sound to their families.”