Safety… Yes, It’s Personal!
Construction Safety in Kansas City
In the construction industry, there’s arguably nothing more important than safety. Kissick Construction’s philosophy towards safety is an organizational culture that places a high level of importance on safety beliefs, values and attitudes. Our work force is highly trained to accomplish their tasks in a responsible manner. Safety is certainly an aspect in our day to day activities where no amount of focus could ever be “too much.” The most important aspect of our safety procedures and overall approach is founded on the proactive—not reacting to historical events.
All of our superintendents have completed OSHA 30 certification and each member of our field crews are required to have OSHA 10 training as a minimum, with on-going required continuous internal training programs deployed on a regular basis. With well over 1000 current certifications completed at Kissick, our team has the necessary certifications and training as required by industry for specific applications. In addition to Kissick employee safety training requirements, our subcontractors are equally expected to have completed comparable industry safety training.
Kissick monitors safety performance with the assistance of HCSS Safety, an incredibly useful software program for tracking safety and training issues. Highlights of the program include:
- Relevant templates for productive safety meetings
- Standards for inspections
- Skillset and certification tracking
- Digital reporting of incidents in real time
- Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) database and templates
- Custom reporting and trend analysis
Chad LaVoi, our Corporate Safety Director, is directly responsible for the implementation of Kissick Construction’s safety and health program. Chad develops site-specific plans for each project, which complement and supplement any requirements promulgated by the client. Our safety managers visit our sites multiple times each week as a valuable resource for our project teams. As one of Chad’s primary responsibilities, he schedules and reviews all safety meetings, tracks status of staff certifications and skills, and regularly audits the safety performance of Kissick (and its subcontractors) on each project.
CHAD LAVOI | Corporate Safety Director
Chad takes the responsibility for ensuring the safety of each person on our job sites very seriously. He cares for the team and is directly responsible for the overall implementation and supervision of Kissick Construction’s safety and health program. Collaborating alongside OSHA and the Builders Association of Kansas City, Chad has helped to form a partnership and establish a specific Safety Plan for the company.
Kissick’s #1 outdoorsman. Chad prefers to be outside no matter the weather.
Results that speak for themselves…
Kissick’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) and Days/Restricted or Transferred Rate (DART) are consistently lower than other comparable contractors at the regional and national level. This is clear testimony of the benefits reaped by our approach to safety—both internally within the Kissick Construction organization, and to the array of clients we serve.
From Our Partners
“Your team performed at the top of their game – they kept safe, accomplished a quality installation, and in an extremely timely fashion – all while you worked through 3-½” of rain…
During normal operations or challenging times I know we want Kissick on our side.
I honestly still can’t figure out how you did all that work in those conditions. From the NKCH family – THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
– Nic Riesenberg, CHFM, CHC, LEED
Vice President of Facilities and Support Services, North Kansas City Hospital
“On behalf of Turner and the NKCH team, we want to thank you all for your hard work this past weekend. Not only did you work around the clock to complete an already difficult task, you did it in non-favorable weather conditions. It’s projects and tasks like this that remind us why we choose to partner with Kissick.”
– Nick Durand, LEED Green Assoc.
Kansas City SPD Division Manager, Turner Construction Company
“We have had a long standing relationship with Kissick Construction and are looking forward to future endeavors together. Most recently on the Kauffman Stadium Project you could not have assembled a better team. This was a difficult project with considerable time constraints that went very smoothly because of their efforts.”
– Travis Lourens
Vice-President/Partner, Kelly Construction Group
“It’s really been a joy to work with them. They are not only great contractors, but incredible people first. We look forward to many more opportunities working with them in the future.”
– Vince Stephens
President, Axiom Construction Group
“I wouldn’t recommend digging a 38 foot deep pit in the center of your manufacturing plant without Kissick.”
– Dan Bruyn
Director of Operations, Pentair Flow Technologies
“The can-do attitude of the Kissick group is infectious. It positively impacts everyone it touches.”
– Rodney Michalka
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction
“There is no better compliment to an organization than to continue to receive work from clients based on relationships and satisfaction. Kissick goes above and beyond in both of those areas.”
– M.R. Wehrly, P.E.
Engineering Manager, Energy, Black & Veatch
“I don’t work with another company I trust more than the owners and associates at Kissick.”
– Ron Lockton
President, Lockton Companies
“As a customer, having high-caliber customer-focused companies such as Kissick to participate in our projects, makes life a lot easier.”
– John Frick
Director Electrical Production Engineering, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities
“From the earliest days of planning the project all the way through the punch list, the Kissick Team’s expertise, experience and skills were integral to our success.”
– Sarah Hill Nelson
President, The Bowersock Mills and Power Company
“Nothing ahead of you is bigger or stronger than the power of Kissick Construction behind you.”
– Nan Tiehen Bone
President, St. Teresa’s Academy