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Awards | November 14, 2019

Hard Hat Safety Awards – Rosendin

The Daily Journal of Commerce held its inaugural Hard Hat Safety Awards event on November 13 at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. The awards program was started as a way to tell the stories of how local firms are prioritizing safety and finding innovative ways to reduce the number of injuries suffered by workers and the public. A total of 13 firms were honored for their safety efforts.

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As Rosendin was working on an occupied building in central Oregon its team saw a rash of scissor lifts damaging walls, leading to a plan to use spotters and equipment training. Dubbed SPOT, the program stands for Spotter always required; People have the right of way; Observe all movement; and Two-way communication.

Another safety program that arose from a project is its LOTO Plan and shutdown sequence that can be implemented when they are required to shut off the power and clean electrical equipment.

This year Rosendin introduced its new Craft Safety Empowerment Program. CSEP members work in the field and are identified by a different-colored vest. They serve as safety mentors and meet with the project manager every two weeks to discuss what they have seen and heard from craft employees.

“We use this program to show our field employees respect by asking for their help in creating a safety culture where the whole is greater than the parts of our program,” Safety Manager Josh Johnson said, adding its subcontractors’ employees are encouraged to be part of the CSEP.

Rosendin also has developed 16 training modules. While the modules initially were intended for its safety professionals, a module on one-line electrical training showed that several journeymen electricians also did not understand the complex systems.

“Now when we have a class we have journeymen, project managers, owners, and safety professionals all learning together.”

Rosendin has shared the training modules and CSEP through NECA and with other contractors. It also works with tool manufacturers to design safer tools. These include a band saw that stops working if you remove your hands, which is now on the market, and ladders with the bottom step in a different color to help employees with bifocal glasses see the lower step.

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About Rosendin

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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