Arlington, TX, June 14, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Bob Moore Construction recently participated in the largest construction safety stand-down in Texas state history.
On May 16, 2007 major construction projects across the state stopped production to participate in the SAFE Stand Down, which was organized by the AGC. The stand down lasted for 90 minutes so workers could receive safety awareness and procedural training. The theme for this stand down was “Take Five To Stay Alive,” promoting pre-task planning to reduce accidents and increase work safety.
The latest stand down was the fifth such event in Texas. The first took place in May, 2005 after the region experienced 32 jobsite fatalities in 2004 and nine fatalities in the first four months of 2005, and have happened every six months since then.
Initially, the stand downs were supported by general contractors in north Texas; for example, approximately 65 general contractors participated in the November 2005 event. The May 2007 stand down was the first to go state-wide, with general contractors participating in Dallas / Fort Worth, Waco, Lubbock, Amarillo, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Brownsville. AGC reports that 306 general contractors participated in this event, stopping work at more than $2.1 billion in commercial construction projects to train 5,200 workers.
“Every stand down gets bigger and bigger,” said Dino Sideris, Safety Director for Bob Moore Construction. “We saw how successful the training sessions were in the Metroplex and rolled the concept out to the rest of the state. It’s very gratifying to know that the efforts we put in motion two years ago are now improving the welfare of more than 5,000 workers around the state. Ultimately, I’d like to see other states pick up this program as well.”
“The training in this latest stand down went very well,” Sideris added. “We cover a different subject in each stand down. Previously we covered fall protection and electrical equipment inspections. This time we trained workers how to use checklists and job hazard analysis to pre-plan and engineer tasks. Because the training is developed shortly before the stand downs, we’re able to target our subject matter directly to the trends we’re seeing."
Bob Moore Construction has participated in each stand down and has supported AGC in the development and implementation of these training events. The stand downs have been very successful in reducing jobsite accidents; the north Texas region alone has seen a decrease in jobsite fatalities by more than 50% between 2004 and 2006.
“The stand downs are indicative of how Bob Moore Construction has taken a leadership role in jobsite safety in Texas,” said Sideris. “We’ve helped to develop this program from its infancy. We’ve also provided training to other general contractors and worked with QUOIN / AGC and the Texas Building Branch – Safety Committee in Austin to effect change in safety-related safety legislation.”
In January, 2007 OSHA recognized Bob Moore Construction for the OSHA Local Partnership Program, making the Arlington company only the third general contractor in north Texas to earn this prestigious recognition. The company’s safety program also contributed to them winning QUOIN / AGC’s Summit Award for Construction Excellence and Texas Building Branch’s Outstanding Construction Award in April - May, 2007.
“We want to improve safety on every jobsite in Texas,” explained Sideris. “The worker pouring concrete on some other site today may be doing that job for us three months from now. It helps all general contractors if we can work together on safety so we have a consistently trained work force anywhere in the state. Bob Moore Construction has helped to pioneer this mindset around Texas and it’s exciting to see that mindset take root in all of the state’s major markets.”
About Bob Moore Construction
A recipient of the QUOIN / AGC General Contractor of the Year Award, the QUOIN / AGC Summit Award for Construction Excellence and the Texas Building Branch-AGC Outstanding Construction Award, Bob Moore Construction has been one of the most respected commercial construction companies in Texas since 1946. A leading proponent of jobsite safety, Bob Moore Construction became one of only five general contractors in North Texas to be accepted into the OSHA Local Partnership program in 2007. The company's portfolio includes a wide range of buildings, from warehouses and distribution centers to office buildings and retail stores. Whether it is providing general contractor, design / build or construction management services, Bob Moore Construction's goal remains the same: to deliver quality construction projects on time and in budget. Thanks to this focus on customer satisfaction and integrity, Bob Moore Construction celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006. Bob Moore Construction has been showcased on Construction Company.com, a website that recognizes some of the top ranked construction companies and commercial contractors in the United States.
Bob Moore Construction, Inc.
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1110 North Watson Road
Arlington, Texas 76011
Phone: (817) 640-1200
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