John Schmidt, Director of Safety and Environmental Compliance of Cadence McShane Construction Company, is pleased to announce that the firm hosted a safety stand-down event on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, as part of the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) National Fall Safety Stand-Down.
OSHA’s week-long national awareness campaign, supported by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and all chapters of the AGC including TEXO, the AGC’s Dallas Chapter and the state’s largest construction organization, is focused on preventing fatalities and injuries associated with falls at construction sites. Industry and business leaders, including universities, labor organizations, and community and faith-based groups, have scheduled safety stand-downs in all 50 states and across the world as part of this safety outreach program.
Cadence McShane hosted safety events at construction sites across the state, including one at Forest Meadow Junior High School in Dallas, Texas, part of the Richardson Independent School District and one of the District’s 17 schools currently undergoing extensive renovations and additions by Cadence McShane. The firm terminated all construction activity during the event so that its on-site workers could participate in the safety program.
“It’s important that our workers make it home to their families each night,” Schmidt said. “Teaching them how to operate equipment efficiently and allowing them to ask questions along the way ensures every member of our team understands safety and knows how to keep themselves and those around them safe.”
Cadence McShane’s President, Will Hodges, opened the event with welcoming remarks and introduced Brad Brown, President and CEO of TEXO, and Doug Watson, TEXO’s Vice President of Safety, who both spoke about the newly released state-by-state construction safety analysis and the ongoing measures being taken to improve construction safety throughout the industry. Eric Harbin, Deputy Regional Administrator for OSHA Region VI, followed with a discussion about the overall National Fall Safety Stand-Down effort on behalf of OSHA.
“We are pleased to provide a venue at one of our active construction sites to host this event focused on improving safety throughout the construction industry,” remarked Hodges. “Our commitment to safety is genuine and our dedication to safe construction site working conditions, led by John Schmidt, has resulted in improved safety statistics at all Cadence McShane job sites. In fact, the firm recently received a National Certificate of Safety Excellence Award within the Building Division from The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) at its 2014 National Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our participation in the safety stand-down is just another way in which our firm remains committed to safety on and off our job sites.”
For more information about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Fall Safety Stand-Down, please visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown.