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Motivation Drives Current Builders to be at Top of Their Game

For Current Builders of Pompano Beach, safety must be understood by all employees, regardless of language. "All our safety handouts and toolbox meetings are dual English/Spanish," says John Cline, safety director.

For the past 10 years, the company has provided interpreters as well as written safety programs and orientation videos in English/Spanish. This level of safety inclusiveness also transcends to site employees-- carpenters, laborers and foremen--who are invited to monthly corporate safety meetings and encouraged to participate and share ideas, concerns and suggestions. "(On a job site) We want them taking care of each other."

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Safety has always been an important performance standard at Current Builders, which has been in business for 30-plus years and has built more than 20,000 multi-family units in addition to 4.5 million square feet of industrial and commercial space. Their comprehensive Safety First program includes a director of risk management, weekly safety meetings for contractors and subcontractors, CPR training, and recurrent safety training for all employees. Furthermore, the company uses a job safety rating scale to recognize program results and management teams. Job sites are evaluated on 30 categories and can earn a possible 100 points. Safety rating results are shared monthly so that everyone sees well-performing, even underperforming, teams. "Nobody wants to be at the bottom of the list, so it's a real incentive," says Cline.

Cline also reviews subcontractors' written safety programs prior to their starting work on a job site. "If I see an area that is deficient--fall protection, MSDS--I will ask them to make safety enhancements. We also require a commitment statement," he says of the subcontractors. "If I go to a site and see something is not right, I'll let them know by saying, 'You've said you're going to do this.'"

When it comes to safety, complacency is not an option. "Even in these economic times, we review and implement new safety procedures and policies for our employees. We involve them down to the individual worker." And the SHARP certification is a testament to the company's safety success. "Every time we get a renewal, it's an incentive. It's a bar that's there that we want to keep exceeding. The advice and consultation from Gabe (safety and health consultant Gabe Garcia) is wonderful. The consultation program is a great resource."

Internal motivation is what keeps Current Builders at the top of their game. In 2009, their DART and TRC rates were 1.47 when the industry average was 2.2.