Safe + Sound Week: Safety as the Cornerstone
At Gray, safety is the cornerstone of everything we do. With safety and quality of life as our No. 1 core value, our mission is to make sure that everyone who shows up for work goes home at the end of the day to their loved ones free of injury.
As a continued commitment to safety, Gray has participated each year in the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week.
Safe + Sound Week is an annual, nationwide event that celebrates workplace safety initiatives and programs, offering insights and important tips on keeping workers safe. During the week of August 15-21, safety topics are assigned on the jobsites as a focal point for each day.
From fall protection and spotters, to ground disturbance and equipment, teams will choose topics that best serve their specific jobsite, taking time to discuss the importance of these topics and the current procedures in place with the entire team, including subcontractors, vendors, and partners.
“As projects get faster, larger, and more complex, we must condition our industry experts to focus on the fundamentals,” says Patrick McCowan, chief operating officer, Gray Construction. At Gray, we value the opportunity to participate in Safe + Sound Week each year as a time to highlight and celebrate what we already put into practice each and every day on our jobsites and beyond. As we come together with companies from around the world, we can continually improve safety practices and inspire each other to show up as our best.
We will never be ‘too good’ at safety. Gray’s safety culture is driven by the goal of sending everyone home safely to their loved ones at the end of each day,” says Josh Bulloch, safety manager. “We are absolutely committed to this goal—to safety—because the numbers are not really numbers, they’re people.”
Our dedication goes far beyond what is required by OSHA, and while our safety record is better than the industry average, we view even one incident as too many and are committed to achieving zero incidents on our jobsites.
“We understand that even after more than 60 years of dedication to building a strong safety culture, there is still work to be done, because “safety” is never something you arrive at or complete; it is a constant work in progress and a process that is continuously in motion,” says Ned Brown, director of safety.
To learn more about Gray’s dedication to safety and explore the Gray Safety 7, visit our Safety page.