Safety By Choice
Our Approach to Construction Safety? Emphasize the “Why,” Not Just the “How.”
By emphasizing good safety choices and providing immediate recognition to those who make them, our safety program is designed to support and maintain a positive safety culture while improving Sundt’s overall safety record, which is already among the best in the industry.
Seeing Is Believing
A visual reminder of who’s awaiting our safe return from work each day could be the difference between making the right safety choice and a careless decision that has lasting consequences. That’s the reason for the large “family boards” that are displayed at each of Sundt’s jobsites and offices. They contain photos of employees’ family members, friends, pets, favorite activities – whatever it is that motivates them to stay safe and help their co-workers do the same. Seeing the boards frequently reminds employees to think about how their choices affect themselves and their colleagues in a more personal way.
Caught in the Act
Instant recognition is a key component of Sundt’s successful construction safety program, and a way to keep the message positive. Any employee “caught in the act” of making a good safety choice and being a positive role model will likely receive kudos and a hardhat safety sticker from his or her supervisor.
“Instant recognition gives immediate feedback in a positive way,” says one Sundt safety manager. “We want middle and upper management, when they’re on jobsites, to recognize people when they do the right things. Our program is unique because it encourages them to recognize good examples and leadership when they see them – right away.”
In 2006 and 2016, Sundt was a recipient of the Grand Award, given annually by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Willis Group. The award, often considered the Oscars of the industry, honors the “Best of the Best” in construction safety excellence and was presented for Sundt’s safety processes, management involvement and company safety culture.
Recognizing contractor members for safety excellence since 1926, the National AGC Safety Awards program has been an ongoing effort to offer members an opportunity to evaluate their safety records. The program compares a member’s safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. AGC has more than 26,000 member firms that are eligible to compete for honors.
The company has earned numerous other construction safety awards, such as the STEP Platinum Award, given by the Associated Builders and Contractors; the AGC Award of Excellence, First and Second place (in concurrent years) for Heavy Engineering; numerous Certificates of Commendation from the Associated Builders and Contractors; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Omaha District Safe Contractor of the Year.