Leading by Example
As the only two-time winner of the AGC’s National Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA), Sundt is the industry leader in safety. Finding new ways to address the biggest threats to worker safety, we are taking active, measurable steps to move beyond the industry status quo.
Over the past decade, the industry’s average OSHA recordable injury rate has gone down, but its fatalities have remained steady. It’s this gap that Sundt is looking to close through our new safety framework, the Sh*t That Can Kill You (STCKY).
We’re educating our workforce on STCKY so that Sundt employee-owners and trade partners are more aware of fatal hazards. We maintain our daily goal of zero injuries, but with an added emphasis on the most dangerous construction activities.
“I looked at Sundt’s safety program and their safety culture. We’re learning things from them, and I hope we continue to learn and improve. Their leaders are great at observing and also carrying the message. If anybody on the jobsite sees something unsafe, they have the authority to stop it.”
Bill Badger, Manager of Facility and Capital Construction, CPS Energy
The “How” and The “Why”
Many construction safety programs focus on the how of staying safe—processes and procedures to avoid accidents and keep projects running smoothly. Sundt’s safety program, Safety By Choice, takes a people-based approach to why we work safe.
Beyond comprehensive safety training for our employees, we focus on our reasons to stay safe: family, friends, health, and hobbies. By emphasizing great safety choices and providing recognition to those who make them, we maintain a positive safety culture while improving Sundt’s overall safety performance.
Raising the Bar
Learning is a deliberate improvement strategy. Whether an incident involves a lucky near-miss, an injury, or a proper control measure doing its job, we are tracking it. STCKY data provide a broader context for incidents, in addition to our Total Incident Rate (TIR) and Recordable Incident Rate (RIR). We’re not required to add these metrics, but we’re choosing to raise the industry bar on how incidents are managed, as well as how we learn from them.
By engaging our workforce to speak up when something is unsafe, we create an environment of trust. By focusing on context when incidents do occur, we’re seeking to learn from these events and not repeat them—while still holding the right people accountable. We recognize that to err is human, and we push each individual to understand the context of their choices. Sundt’s rating on traditional safety measures is important. Ultimately, however, it’s our response to unplanned, high-risk events that makes us safer.
We are working to stop the STCKY through:
Recent & Select Honors
Outstanding Safety Improvement Award
American Society of Concrete Contractors
Safety Excellence Award
AGC Willis Towers Watson Construction
Highway & Transportation Over $1M
“Best of the Best” Grand Award
Safety Excellence Awards, Category II
AGC San Antonio Construction
W. Burr Bennett SAFETY Excellence Award
American Society of Contractors
Construction SAFETY Excellence Award