UMC recognized for safety excellence

UMC recently received the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington (MCAWW) Safety Excellence Award (500K or more work hours). This is the second time in 2017 that UMC has been recognized for its safety program.

UMC’s approach to safety revolves around two key principles – Safety is the highest priority, and everyone at UMC is responsible for safety.

“We talk about safety every day,” states Jerry Bush, UMC President/CEO. “Safety is the most important aspect of our work. That’s right, more important than productivity, more important than profit. In fact, we attain productivity and profitability through safe and well-planned projects.”

UMC foremen and crews are encouraged to work together and think outside-the-box when addressing challenges on job sites.

“A key component in engaging employee involvement in safety is the concept of being part of a team,” explains Kirk Baisch, UMC Director of Safety. “By recognizing our people as experts and encouraging them to carefully evaluate their projects, UMC crews take pride in their ability to develop new ideas and improvements. They know that they are empowered to make changes that will improve the safety and production of their teams. Empowerment and teamwork keep our crews involved in safety and dedicated to improvement.”

In May, UMC earned another first place safety award – Associated General Contractors of Washington (AGC) Safety Excellence Specialty Division: 500K – 1M Work Hours category.