Safety at Reynolds: Zero Injuries On and Off the Job
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker fatalities in the private sector are in the construction industry. These deaths are mostly attributed to construction’s “fatal four” – falls, struck by object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between (when a worker is trapped or “caught” in equipment, objects or structures). At Reynolds, we don’t want to be a part of the statistics, and work towards a shared goal of zero injuries on and off the job.
As leaders in the construction and emergency restoration industries, it is our responsibility to ensure our team members are practicing safety at all times, and our job sites and locations are safe environments for not only our team, but our customers and stakeholders as well. Our safety program is designed to educate our team members and our subcontracting partners on safe practices. Highlights include:
- OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Training
OSHA offers a 10-hour and 30-hour training course for the construction industry that focuses on health and safety awareness for supervisors and workers. The courses include training on fall prevention, excavations, scaffolding, concrete, masonry and more. At Reynolds, our project managers, superintendents, on-site construction managers, and foreman are all required to have OSHA 30-Hour Training within the last five years.
- First Aid, CPR and AED Training
At Reynolds, we believe that first aid, CPR and AED training is not only important for our field staff, but for any member of the team that wants to be empowered to help others in an emergency situation. Each year we offer several weeks of free first aid, CPR and AED training for all team members at our Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Baltimore offices. More than two thirds of our entire workforce (from project managers to administration staff to field supervisors) have received their certifications.
- Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is clothing or gear that is designed to protect workers from injury. In construction and emergency restoration, PPE includes hard hats, safety glasses/goggles, gloves, ear plugs or ear muffs, reflective vests and work shoes such as steel-toed boots. All employees at Reynolds, regardless of their role at the company, are issued a hard hat, safety glasses and ear protection on his or her first day.
- Third-Party Safety Consultants
At Reynolds, most of the work we complete each year is in the primary education industry; in fact, we have worked with more than 100 school districts in Pennsylvania. What we’ve learned from our PA school partners is that in order to achieve success, continual feedback and learning is essential. To help us do better, and learn how to improve, we engage with third-party safety consultants who help us identify and evaluate the safety of our projects and our job sites.
To us, safety is more than just wearing a hard hat, or using proper equipment for the job. For us, safety is a collaborative effort where we are constantly identifying ways to work safer and smarter so that at the end of the day, our team goes home to their families. We look out for ourselves, and each other, in order to make safety a priority in our workday.
Reynolds is a full-service building solutions provider offering construction, construction management, hybrid construction, restoration, energy, and commissioning and engineering services. Reynolds works with clients in a variety of industries including K12, commercial and industrial, healthcare, higher education, government, hospitality and transportation. Have a project on the horizon? Reach out today to discuss ways Reynolds can partner with you to make your project a success.