Why safety belongs at the top of your list when choosing a marine construction contractor.

Posted on 8/15/2017 by SuperUser Account
image

Long before you sign on with any marine construction contractor, make sure you check into the company's overall marine construction safety record. There's simply nothing more important in your decision-making process in moving forward with a company that is dedicated to protecting not only their own workers, but yours as well - all while safely protecting the environment every step of the way.

Why safety belongs at the top of your list when choosing a marine construction contractor.

Demand a company with an EMR rating below 1.0.

Long before you sign on with any marine construction contractor, make sure you check into the company's overall marine construction safety record. There's simply nothing more important in your decision-making process in moving forward with a company that is dedicated to protecting not only their own workers, but yours as well - all while safely protecting the environment every step of the way.

There's no doubt that building on the water can be the riskiest portion of your facility. So much can go wrong - both above and below the water. Here are just a few of the potential hazards that always need to be considered.

  • falling into water and drowning
  • contact with contaminated water
  • manual handling and lifting hazards
  • electrical hazards
  • trips, slips and falls
  • exposure to chemicals
  • extreme weather effects - from storms to wind to excessive heat or cold
  • impact with submerged objects
  • floating or submerged debris
  • hypothermia
  • sunburn and heat stress
  • equipment malfunction

That's why it's imperative to work with a marine construction contractor with a strong safety record like Midwest Foundation.

Midwest Foundation has an outstanding marine construction safety record.
 

Perhaps one of the best ways to truly assess a company's safety record is to ask about their EMR (Experience Modification Ratio) rating. (https://safetymanagementgroup.com/emr-experience-modification-rate/) The EMR rating is a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. The lower the EMR, the lower the risk associated with that particular company. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average.

Not only does Midwest Foundation have an EMR rating that is well below the 1.0 level, they have continued to get better over the past three years with a current mark of .69. That outstanding rating is due to a culture of safety at Midwest Foundation. 

Every workday begins with a morning safety briefing and a job safety analysis. That day's work is clearly outlined to every individual who will be working on site, taking special care to point out key tasks that will be performed where safety is paramount to performance. All workers are equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  Whenever necessary, workers are also tied off, to assure if their is a misstep, it isn't a harmful one. Workers are also vested and work in pairs, to assure that someone is always nearby and within sight. Suitable footwear is often required to reduce the risk of slipping.

Special care is given to the equipment as well. All electrical installations and equipment are installed, operated, protected and maintained to prevent the risk of danger from electric shock or burns. This includes foreseeable weather conditions and the environment in which they will be used. Special attention is paid to “earthing” whenever the supply is from portable generators. In addition, the surroundings are safety-proofed. As necessary, guardrails are installed to prevent falling into water on walkways and platforms. 

Put it all together and you can be assured that when you work with Midwest Foundation, your marine construction project will be in safe hands - working every day to assure that everyone goes home safely at night. 
 

Midwest Foundation provides a wide range of turnkey marine construction, design and specialty service on, over and under the water. As part of the Byrne & Jones Companies, we're proud to be a trusted advisor to the clients we serve, working on their behalf to offer the best solutions for all of their marine-related challenges - and doing it safely every step of the way. For more information, visit http://www.midwestfoundation.com