Ajax Building Corporation, with offices in Alpharetta, has received two prestigious industry awards for outstanding contributions to safety performance from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Georgia.
The Georgia Safety Award of Excellence and Diamond-level STEP Award are part of a national program designed to objectively evaluate safety programs, policies, procedures and training. The Diamond level is the highest achievable by a company.
“Our highest priority is to create and maintain a safe workplace,” said Ajax Director of Risk Management Marc Reeves. “It’s truly an honor to receive this industry award because it affirms Ajax’s dedication to the well-being of our subcontractor employees, project owner representatives and the general public.”
Ajax believes that all accidents are preventable, with a goal of sending every employee home healthy every day.
To achieve this goal, Ajax has developed a safety program it believes leads the industry. Some of the main points include:
· Project Hazard Analysis
· Pre-task Planning
· Safety Orientation and Training
· Management Commitment and Employee Involvement
Additionally Ajax has developed a Jobsite Safety Award Competition as a way to encourage project teams to further advance safety on their project. Throughout the year all projects compete with one another to see who is the safest.
Annually all projects are graded on adherence to the Ajax Safety Management Program and OSHA compliance based on the results of jobsite safety inspections done throughout the year.The winning project is presented with an “Excellence in Construction Safety”banner to fly at the jobsite to recognize the team’s efforts in creating and maintaining a safe work environment. This competition between projects was the driving force for project teams to get beyond simple compliance and become proactive with jobsite safety.
ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) awards recognize member companies who employ effective safety practices on their jobsites, based on 20 key elements of contractor safety programs. These include management commitment, pre-planning for safety on jobsites, safety training and resources committed to safety. The STEP process is a national ABC program.
To win the Diamond level, the company must have an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average in their particular NAICS code for at least three consecutive years, and have an EMR (or “mod factor”) at or below 0.700 (0.800 for companies with fewer than 100 employees).
Winners of the Georgia Safety Awards of Excellence are determined by calculating a company’s DART (days away, restricted or transferred) and LT (lost time) rates.To achieve the award, companies must have had no employee fatalities, with DART and LT rates at least half the national average for their trade.