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Gray Receives Highest Safety Designation through AGC of Kentucky’s PROTECT Program

Gray Construction reached an important safety milestone this week when the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Kentucky awarded the company its PROTECT Level III safety designation. Receiving AGC’s highest level of achievement in the safety program, Gray successfully completed a four-step process that demonstrated its ability to exceed established OSHA construction safety standards.

Gray Receives Highest Safety Designation through AGC of Kentucky’s PROTECT Program

The process included an initial formal application and qualification checklist, a written program audit, and a minimum of at least one job site audit. The job site audit conducted took place on April 14 at Gray’s Champion Petfoods job site in Auburn, Ky., where AGC PROTECT members reviewed Gray’s ability to oversee the project from a safety point of view.


Gray met a stringent set of safety standards to achieve AGC PROTECT Level III designation, including but not limited to the following:


  • Must have at least one trained employee (OSHA 30-hour or equivalent) with designated responsibility to perform safety and health related tasks in accordance with a specific list of policies or procedures as provided by AGC.
  • Provide all field level construction supervisors with 30-hour OSHA training or its equivalent.
  • Must reference safety and health policies or requirements to be followed in contracts with subcontractors.
  • General contractors must utilize a pre-qualification safety and health screening method to select subcontracts, suppliers or vendors.
  • Have no willful or multiple repeat violations within the last three years.
  • Have no fatalities or catastrophes within the last three years.


In addition to meeting Level III requirements, Gray met or exceeded all requirements of Level 1 and Level II applicants.


“At Gray, we are devoted to building the safest work environment possible. The AGC PROTECT safety designation only furthers our commitment to putting safety and quality of life first, and we’re honored by this recognition,” said Safety Manager Bill Carey, CHST.


Established in 1919, the AGC of Kentucky is the only full-service commercial construction association representing a qualified membership of more than 700 prime contractors and industry associates. Members are involved in the construction of the Commonwealth’s commercial buildings, shopping centers, factories, warehouses, highways, bridges, airports, water and wastewater facilities, dams, and defense facilities.


Gray Construction, a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm, has over 55 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, hospitality and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are underway or recently completed including: a Michelin Earthmover tire manufacturing plant in Anderson, S.C.; a Caterpillar Inc. manufacturing facility near Athens, Ga.; a Siemens gas turbine plant in Charlotte, N.C.; a Roxul, Inc. manufacturing facility in Byhalia, Miss.; and a manufacturing plant for ZF Transmissions in Gray Court, S.C.

    April 24, 2015
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