ACHRNEWS

Achieving Safety Commitment

August 7, 2006
NORWALK, Conn. - EMCOR Group Inc. has recorded a 46 percent reduction in its total recordable incident rate (TRIR) since 2002. This has been achieved during a period when labor hours increased but recordable injuries decreased by 28 percent.

Further, the record represents a 47 percent reduction in 2006 projected lost and restricted duty days versus 2005 lost and restricted duty days. The record also represents a projected 60 percent reduction in lost and restricted duty time in 2006 versus 2003, while labor hours are estimated to increase by 12 percent in 2006.

"Safety is a central tenet of our mission and an integral part of our day-to-day operations," said Frank MacInnis, chairman and CEO of EMCOR Group. "This commitment begins at the top and extends throughout the company to our job sites. On an annual basis, EMCOR's injury rate is 50 percent less than OSHA published rates for construction and facilities services companies."

The company's commitment to safety is part of an integrated approach that includes improving quality and productivity. Through the company's safety and quality management (SQM) department, EMCOR originated its Zero Accident Program (ZAP) that utilizes the combined strategies of visitation, communication, and education across the company and its subsidiaries.

"Our integrated approach is based on the principle that the same practices that improve safety – planning, measurement, data analysis, employee involvement and audit – are the same practices that improve quality and productivity," said Dave Copley, vice president, SQM for EMCOR Construction and Facilities Services. "By combining these principles with the buy-in of management and the implementation of risk-based action, we are constantly building a safer and more sophisticated corporate model of which every employee can be part of and proud."

Publication date: 08/07/2006