A policy that prohibits cell-phone use while employees are on construction equipment is part of a Tennessee contractor's award-winning approach to safety.
"Keeping our workers safe on the job is the number-one priority for us," says Chad Baker, president of Baker's Construction Services, "and in doing so, we also are more likely to complete the job on time and on budget."
In 2008, Baker's had no lost work-day cases due to injuries or illness, and only one recordable injury or illness. The Associated General Contractors of America has named the company the winner of the Construction Safety and Excellence Award for Tennessee in the Heavy Division, for companies with between 100,000 and 300,000 hours worked.
Implemented in April 2006, Baker's current safety program also includes incentives for attending safety meetings and a zero-tolerance rule for infractions of the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Policy.