Kenneth Tucker, Director of the State of Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health; Mike Kolakowski, KBE Building Corporation Principal Owner and CEO; Roman Krochmalnyckyj, Acting Area Director of Federal OSHA Hartford Area Office sign OSHA partnership.
A new partnership between KBE Building Corporation and OSHA is enforcing health and safety standards for independent contractors.
KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company with offices in Norwalk and Farmington, Conn. as well as Columbia, Md. The company has partnered with OSHA for the fourth time in three years to enhance jobsite safety on its latest senior living construction management project.
KBE and OSHA utilize these partnerships by performing monthly safety awareness training for the onsite employees. The partnership also implements an onsite safety committee with all trades required to be involved and a third party training program for employees who require refresher training on scaffold, aerial lift, scissor lift, forklift, and much more.
The partnership also requires all employees to have been through an OSHA 10 Hour training class within the last five years. These classes can be performed onsite for employees who have never attended this training or their training is about to expire.
“KBE is recognized by OSHA as a contractor that actively enforces safety and health standards on every job and requires that all subcontractors strictly follow all OSHA regulations,” said Roman Krochmalnyckyj, acting area director of OSHA’s Hartford, Conn. office in a statement. “We don’t partner with just any organization. OSHA recognizes KBE’s commitment to safety in the workplace.”
In 2015, KBE underwent eight OSHA inspections that resulted in zero citations. KBE racked up two million man-hours on 38 projects and only reported ten lost time accidents. This onsite incident rate is roughly 50 percent lower than the national average.
“These partnerships are beneficial to all involved,” said Adam Peters, KBE’s corporate safety director in a statement. “They keep everyone sharp and help the subcontractors strengthen their safety programs.”