UMC Earns Two AGC Safety Awards

by Gail Kinner

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Kirk Baisch, UMC Safety Director was honored with the Brian Salsgiver Safety Professional of the Year award.

UMC brought home two prestigious awards at the annual Associate of General Contractors (AGC) Build Washington Awards on May 14, 2015. For the fourth time in the past five years, UMC was awarded the AGC Safety Excellence Award (for subcontractors 500,000 – 1 million hours) and Kirk Baisch was presented with the AGC Safety Professional of the Year.

UMC is an industry leader in safety, and employees are the core of our award-winning safety program. UMC has a pride-based safety culture that involves several unique elements. Everyone is encouraged to share innovative ideas that emphasize safety, and this empowerment is evident throughout the organization. At UMC, safety is not about issuing infractions, but about being a positive, collaborative resource. The reward of these efforts is two-fold; we attain productivity and profitability through safe and well-planned projects, and we return home to our families each and every night.

Kirk Baisch was presented with the AGC Safety Professional of the Year for elevating safety to the next level at UMC and his dynamic safety leadership in developing and maintaining the safety culture at UMC. Kirk is dedicated to improving the safety within the industry, which is evident his leadership roles in key trade groups in the Seattle area; he is Safety Committee Chairman for MCAWW, Chairman of the DOSH Construction Advisory Committee, Chairman of the AGC of Western Washington and SMACNA Risk Management Committee member. Kirk has a proactive stance on safety and by taking leadership roles in these groups he strives to challenge our industry for continual improvement. His peers rely on him for coaching, advice, and innovative ideas. This is a direct reflection of the inclusive, empowered and pride-based safety culture that Kirk has created at UMC.

Please visit the DJC for more information about these prestigious awards.