A strong emphasis on safety streams through the entirety of a project's lifecycle - from design, to installation, and implementation. Although not immediately evident, keeping safety top of mind impacts the bottom line. Contractors and employees are confident in their processes, and organizations are up and running to regular operation faster.
No organization protects the bottom line better than Mechdyne. In 2015, we saved $30,000 in our Technical Center because of safety practices alone. We bring our philosophy to every client’s project and keep safety at the forefront in these three ways:
1. Safety as the First Step
Every project starts at step one, and Mechdyne builds safety into every step one. Because safety is built into our foundation, we protect our client's worksite and bottom line. Not only does project installation run smoother, but costly lost-time incidents are eliminated.
Mechdyne's diligence for integrating safety into our operations is reflected in our safety record company-wide:
ISN grades contractors from A (best) to F (worst) on a number of safety factors, including injury and illness records, audit results, insurance certificates, and training documents. Mechdyne holds a grade "A" rating.
Experience Modification Ratings (EMR) represents how risky an organization is based on claims history and safety record compared to other businesses in the same industry. EMR is calculated by comparing actual claims against expected claims. The average for our industry is an EMR of 1.0. More risky companies have a score greater than 1.0 and safer companies are less than 1.0. Mechdyne's EMR of 0.72 for the last 12 months indicates that we are safer than average.
Mechdyne holds a perfect safety record for days away from work for the last five years.
2. Safety as Analysis
Accidents happen – that’s why they’re called accidents. It’s easy to make a mistake, so our teammates always consciously look at what they’re doing by remembering OODA: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. These steps keep teammates from hurting themselves or each other. This instinctual process is extended to each action a teammate makes. For example, people naturally follow OODA when handling knives in a way that keeps them from getting cut. In the same way, our teammates analyze everything--from picking up a knife to working from heights--to avoid any accidents.
Teammates begin each day at a client's site with a safety huddle and follow Job Safety Analysis (JSA) processes. Together, we ensure no one gets hurt. A recent comment during a safety inspection during an installation for one of our technology enterprise clients summarizes our commitment to creating a safe, injury-free, incident-free workspace:
"I was blown away by the Mechdyne team's dedication to safety processes. The fact that they put their safety exceptions in the JSA and posted it in the appropriate place is outstanding - it was the first time I've actually seen it posted anywhere."
3. Safety as a Culture
Ultimately, safety isn't about requirements, following a process, or double checking equipment, despite their importance to safety programs. Safety is about people, culture, and a lifestyle. Everything we do--from holding "Safety Moments" at the start of each meeting, to halting work upon any concerns or omissions --dictates that we work safely or not at all.
We pride ourselves on being one of the safest technical companies in the world, giving our clients the highest peace of mind. Our safety-focused culture pervades our entire process: from engineering and fabrication, to accounting and finance, every Mechdyne teammate holds at a minimum 10-hour OSHA certification and first aid training. Many teammates go on to achieve OSHA 30 certifications and other industry best practices.
Impacts on the Bottom Line
Whether our clients conduct mission-critical operations, compete to deliver the best products, or strive to educate and research today's toughest challenges, Mechdyne considers safety with the same level of importance. When safety is a foundation for every process, analysis, and cultural lifestyle, clients reap the benefits.