Construction Safety

FC Job Site SignFirst Companies has an established safety program in our construction division with an excellent track record. We recognize that constant improvement and vigilance is key to ensuring a safe work culture. In our determination to be premier in our safety program, we have a full-time director of safety on staff. In this role, he works with outside consultants to develop training programs and implement policies that ensure the safety of everyone on site. The company invests in ongoing training for its employees as well as its subcontractors, offering regular classes on CPR and for OSHA 30 certification.

At the start of each project, we review and prequalify all project bidders and suppliers based on their safety policies and record. We then write a safety assessment describing the proposed subcontractors, which is used to select the final project team.

Early planning includes assessing areas of the work site where safety-related signage will be needed, as well as potential safety challenges relative to the location and project timeline. Once the project begins, we facilitate regular safety audits and ongoing reporting, with intermittent/unannounced safety inspections conducted by the director of safety, project managers and an un­biased third-party consultant. Safety is a regular topic in daily and weekly team progress meetings where any concerns can be quickly addressed.

Given safety is vital and a top priority for each project, pre-planning and pre-qualification provide the essential foundation for success, while daily monitoring and inspections ensure successful implementation of the plan. Safety planning includes clear, concise communication with project team members and our clients.

Learn more about our COVID-19 Safety Procedures. 

First Companies has an established safety program in our construction division with an excellent track record. We recognize that constant improvement and vigilance is key to ensuring a safe work culture. In our determination to be premier in our safety program, we have a full-time director of safety on staff. In this role, he works with outside consultants to develop training programs and implement policies that ensure the safety of everyone on site. The company invests in ongoing training for its employees as well as its subcontractors, offering regular classes on CPR and for OSHA 30 certification.

At the start of each project, we review and prequalify all project bidders and suppliers based on their safety policies and record. We then write a safety assessment describing the proposed subcontractors, which is used to select the final project team.

Early planning includes assessing areas of the work site where safety-related signage will be needed, as well as potential safety challenges relative to the location and project timeline. Once the project begins, we facilitate regular safety audits and ongoing reporting, with intermittent/unannounced safety inspections conducted by the director of safety, project managers and an un­biased third-party consultant. Safety is a regular topic in daily and weekly team progress meetings where any concerns can be quickly addressed.

Given safety is vital and a top priority for each project, pre-planning and pre-qualification provide the essential foundation for success, while daily monitoring and inspections ensure successful implementation of the plan. Safety planning includes clear, concise communication with project team members and our clients.

Learn more about our COVID-19 Safety Procedures. 

ABC STEP Safety Management System

Step Awards 2020

First Companies achieved the highest level (Diamond) in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, a world-class safety management system for measuring and improving safety performance. Evaluated on 25 key components, First Companies is recognized by ABC as having an 827% safer company than the industry average.

“An industry-wide commitment to total human health is essential to ensure both the physical and mental health and safety of our workforce,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “As a STEP participant, First Companies’ leadership has demonstrated a commitment to create the conditions for all to do their work without incident. By implementing proactive safety measures, such as emergency preparedness plans and a sound personal protective equipment policy, First Companies is committed to consistently raising the bar when it comes to safety performance.”

Taking A Stand for Safety and Health

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First Companies partners with MIOSHA on national Take a Stand Day to proactively engage in life-saving conversations, as well as further educate our team and our partners on how to live and work in a safe and healthy manner.