Safety

We have an industry-leading safety training program geared to maintain a safe and healthy work environment, safeguard all persons who enter, work, or live near our worksites, and meet or exceed regulatory standards.

All employees within our construction division are required to have a minimum OSHA 10 certification and supervisors/management must obtain an OSHA 30 certification. Employees are encouraged to report unsafe conditions and are challenged to form individual goals for S.A.F.E. work: “See it, Assess it, Fix it, Every day!” As a result, we have been able to maintain an EMR well below industry average reported by BLS/NCCI as well as prevent specification non-compliance.

    

  • QUALITY, HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL

    At Bernhard, we celebrate employees for working safely and incentivize safety-minded decisions and a positive attitude. Likewise, Quality, Health, Safety, and Environmental Suggestions are an open channel for team members to share experiences and help make our program transparent and responsive.

  • COMMUNICATIONS

    Bulletins are sent to all job sites regarding common hazards or concerns that may or could cause a potential injury or construction defect. So-called “Toolbox Talks” cover HSE topics and qualified training requirements, along with proper use, installation techniques and safety around specific hazards.

    Bulletins are also sent to all sites following an incident anywhere. These serve to inform employees of a construction site incident, its root cause and what should be done to prevent it in the future. Many times this process allows seasoned employees to share their experience with newer employees.

  • TRAINING

    Prior to worksite assignment, all employees receive qualified training. The Bernhard training portal contains resource material and qualified trainers. It includes a recap of prior incidents and a two-hour SAFE START orientation, as well as hazard communication, confined space entry, and preparation for the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) examination.

  • JOB SITES

    We ingrain safety into work environments by enlisting each worker into the workplace safety plan to avoid injury or systems non-compliance. Both scheduled and random inspections are performed for quality control and training. Job sites are evaluated for QHSE and concerns are addressed with project teams by risk priority. Employees on-site are informed of hazardous and non-compliant conditions, and deficiencies are corrected.

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