Plano-based Hill & Wilkinson, Ltd., whose general contracting business in Texas has nearly doubled in the past five years, has passed a safety milestone with more than 2 million consecutive hours worked without an OSHA Recordable Lost Time Injury or Illness, according to Hill & Wilkinson’s CFO Gary Montgomery.
Says Montgomery, “Our safety record puts people as a priority, improves our bottom line and attracts more customers to our firm because they know the importance of an outstanding safety track record.”
The firm, now with revenues of approximately $285 million, adopted more stringent safety training requirements in the early 1990s as it began to experience rapid growth. Hill & Wilkinson conducts formal safety training sessions at its headquarters in Plano, TX, including an OSHA 30-hour safety training class for supervisors and an OSHA 10-hour safety training for project managers, project engineers, craftsmen, and laborers. All employees are subject to random drug testing.
The safety department at Hill & Wilkinson includes Larry MacDonald, vice president of safety and environmental; Luis Orozco, safety manager; and Neil Brittain, safety coordinator and ex-medic in the U.S. Navy. Hill & Wilkinson, Ltd. is an active member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and participates twice each year in the association’s popular “stand-downs,” which involve stopping all work on every job site to talk about safety. According to Larry MacDonald, the senior leadership of the firm drops by the company’s job sites for impromptu inspections to underscore the importance of good safety habits.