Scaffolding Solutions was selected as one of 15 companies in Virginia to earn the Gold Level Safety Award from the Virginia Manufacturers Association. The Gold Level is the highest level given for the award. This designation demonstrates Scaffolding Solutions commitment to its people and to a safe workplace.
Commenting on the award, Roger Jetton, President of Scaffolding Solutions, says, “Scaffolding Solutions is an active and proud member of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, utilizing VMA’s Contractors Safety Training program to enhance the skills of our workforce and strengthen the company’s Safety-First operating culture. On behalf of our dedicated employees, we are honored to receive the 2017 Gold VMA Safety Award presented at the Virginia Environmental Health and Safety Conference.”
The complete release by the Virginia Manufactures Assocation is below.
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Richmond, VA, October 4, 2017 – There were 42 fatalities at all Virginia workplaces in 2016 which represents a 35% increase over the prior year. This trend is continuing into 2017 with 27 fatalities year to date. To proactively address workplace fatalities and injuries, the VMA has initiated an aggressive new safety program. One major part of that program is the recognition of outstanding safety performance by contractors to manufacturers. The VMA Safety Award was presented to 33 contractors during an awards ceremony at the 15th annual Virginia Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) Conference (September 28).
Winners of this year’s VMA Safety Award are:
Cooper & Claiborne Construction
Four Square Industrial Contractors
Gallagher Lawn Service
Insulation Specialties, INC ISI
Matthews Construction Co.
Rudy L. Hawkins Electrical Contractor
SW Funk Construction
Thompson Industrial Services
Central York Corporation
Lewis Brothers Industrial Flooring
MPW Industrial Services
Rebound Industrial Maintenance
Alliance Material Handling, Inc.
Brown & Root Industrial Services
Contact Switchgear Service
D & D Mechanical
Eagle Fire, Inc.
Elite Force Staffing
In the last year, over 18,000 ISRT safety courses were completed and almost 2,000 certificates were issued to employees of participating contractors. The VMA presented fifteen gold, seven silver, and eleven bronze medal awards at this year’s awards ceremony. Gold level recipients had 75% or more of their qualified workforce successfully complete the ISRT certificate on an annual basis. Silver level winners achieved 50% and bronze level winners achieved 25%.
The VMA Safety Award recognizes contractors that provide services to Virginia manufacturers and 25+% of their qualified workforce has obtained the Manufacturing Skills Institute’s Industrial Safety Readiness Training (ISRT) certificate and had no fatalities or significant recordable injuries or illnesses reported to Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) during the past year. ISRT provides core concepts of safety awareness for industrial workplace training, and an individualized learning plan that addresses the most common hazardous situations faced in the industrial environment. It’s presented through a cloud-based, interactive, multimedia platform that is also available in Spanish. Participating companies are also provided a free learning management system to manage the ISRT certificate training for their employees so that it can be integrated it into their own safety training program. Manufacturers have access to a cloud-based identification system that will verify training credentials for every contractor employee entering their sites.
“All winners are rewarded with recognition in our exclusive cloud-based VMA Contractors Directory that will be marketed to 5,000 manufacturers across the Commonwealth” said Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO. “Our goal is to raise the profile of contractors that have made exceptional investments in worker safety as a means of assisting them with procurement opportunities with like-minded manufacturers” said Vassey. The VMA Contractors Directory is available at www.vamanufacturers.com/contractors-directory/.
At this year’s VMA Safety Award ceremony, the VMA also announced that it will offer a Chairman’s Safety Award in 2018. This will be a competitive award where a manufacturer’s safety program will be evaluated by an expert panel. A technical advisory panel from the VMA Safety Subcommittee will develop the selection criterion over the next six months.
For more information about the VMA Safety Program, please contact [email protected]. For more information on the Industrial Safety Readiness Training certificate, go to http://manufacturingskillsinstitute.org/training-programs/contractor-safety-readiness-certificate-program-online-training/ or contact [email protected].
About the VMA
Since 1922 the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) has served as Industry’s Advocate™ and our mission is to create the best business environment in the United States for world-class advanced technology businesses to manufacture and headquarter their companies for maximum productivity and profitability. As the only statewide association exclusively dedicated to manufacturers and their allies, the VMA is member-centric and has a professional staff dedicated to legislative and regulatory affairs, workforce development, member services, communications and business services. For more information about the VMA, including our mission and vision, awards and staff information, please visit our website at www.vamanufacturers.com