Safety: Two Million Safe Hours
At Architectural Wall Systems, we take great pride in the premier group of people who make up our team. From our Ironworkers and Glaziers in the field to our Shop, Yard and Office Staff who support their efforts, our focus is on performing each and every job safely.
Safety is an investment. If there is a way to improve the quality of resources available to our team, the manner in which the work is performed or the knowledge of the people involved, we’ll find it. And if we can’t find it, we’ll create it. Some of the most innovative solutions in jobsite safety have come directly from our crews in the field to our shop, developed by members of our team who are committed to creating a safer workplace.
Education and awareness. The first step in avoiding an unsafe situation is the ability to identify it as such. Our risk management team is a valuable resource relative to training and education for our entire staff.
Our safety staff consists of a team of dedicated individuals, all of whom have field experience in construction. Together, this team coordinates our Loss Prevention effort, provides new employee orientation and training, conducts OSHA 10 hour courses and teaches scaffold building and operator training classes. In addition to these in-house services, our staff works in cooperation with a variety of outside consultants to study manual material handling activities, perform jobsite hazard analysis and investigate issues relative to ergonomics.
The AWS Safety Award
The most prestigious award available to any AWS employee is the AWS Safety Award. Each year at our Annual Meeting, we recognize one individual for outstanding contributions through their attitude, actions and day-to-day commitment to safety with the presentation of this award. The honor of joining this select group of recipients is accentuated by the fact that nominations and references come from the recipient’s peers.
We reached One Million Consecutive Safe Hours on June 16, 2016. We're very proud of our team in the field, and just as proud of our support staff that works behind the scenes to ensure that we have the appropriate processes, procedures and equipment in place to make workplace safety excellence a reality. Our success, and the pursuit of that success, has changed us personally, professionally and organizationally. Safety is an integral part of our operation and our processes, and we are better for it.
So what's next? We love a challenge...and our next milestone is Two Million Safe Hours. As we reach a variety of milestones on our way to that goal, we'll continue to celebrate as a team and reward individual effort.