May 20, 2010
Representatives from Layton Construction Co., Inc. and the Utah Labor Commission Occupational Safety and Health Division (Utah OSHA) signed the "Utah Arches Workplace Safety and Health Partnership" document on May 20, 2010, with participation from representatives of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, a USTAR Innovation Center. Layton also formalized a safety agreement with Utah OSHA in February at the Montage Deer Valley project site in Park City, with participation from The Athens Group, the developer for Montage.
The signing of the "Utah Arches Workplace Safety and Health Partnership" document furthers Layton's commitment to strengthening safety and health practices for contractors and their workers. Layton and Utah OSHA will make a cooperative effort to encourage workers to improve their safety and health performance voluntarily as well as provide methods to assist them in their efforts to build a culture of safety and health in the workplace and develop safety and health best practices in the Utah construction industry.
"This is an example of voluntary cooperation between industry and government, working together for safety and health excellence in the state of Utah," Louis M. Silva, Utah OSHA administrator, said.
"Continually improving our safety performance is part of our 'Constructing with Integrity' philosophy," said Chris Bardin, Layton's corporate safety director. "Proactive partnership agreements like this one take us another step forward in reaching safety excellence for our employees, other crafts and the owners of our projects."
The USTAR construction project is a positive example of best safety practices. The safety record at the construction site is excellent. Every employee is empowered to make safety recommendations, and if unacceptable safety practices are noted, to make corrections or suggestions immediately, even before the issues are reported. Safety meetings integrate safety, production and quality of construction work because those elements are so closely intertwined. Safety performance incentives for employees include prize drawings and safety "employee of the month" recognitions. Team meetings, which include employees at every level, are held to review safety performance and to set goals for the future.
Layton Construction's Layton Injury Free Environment (L.I.F.E.) encourages employees to think and act safely, on and off the job site. L.I.F.E. encourages employees and their families to make safety a value 24/7, at work, home and play.
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