2019 Subcontractor Safety Summit promotes dialogue about construction safety

The Hagerman Group showed our love for safety the week of Valentine’s Day with Subcontractor Safety Summits held in Fishers and Fort Wayne. Approximately 50 subcontractor team members attended each summit.

The overall goal of the summits was to partner with subcontractor team members to strengthen relationships and grow a positive safety culture on The Hagerman Group’s projects. In addition, the events were designed to foster an understanding of the roles team members play in safety while providing a legal perspective on safety.

“It was great to see so many of our construction partners showing up to discuss multiple aspects of safety and learn more about The Hagerman Group’s safety culture,” said Thomas White, CSP, CHST, CET, chief safety officer. “We appreciate them taking the time to attend and engage in the dialogue.”

Each event started with lunch and networking, then opened with a discussion about Hagerman’s commitment to safety, with Jeff Hagerman, chairman, The Hagerman Group, presenting in Fishers and Brad Smith, executive vice president, Hagerman Inc., presenting in Fort Wayne.

Other Hagerman speakers included Thomas White; Chad Baker (Fishers) and Chris Harmon (Fort Wayne), directors of field operations; Jeff Poynter, CHST, CRIS (Fishers) and Shawn Reader MS, MBA, CSP, CHST (Fort Wayne), area safety managers; and Lakin Bowell, GSP (Fishers) and Steve Summers, SMS, CHST (Fort Wayne), safety coordinators.

From defining what a safety culture looks like to reviewing Hagerman’s safety standards—many of which are above OSHA requirements—the speakers presented on a variety of safety-related topics.

Guest speaker Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC, spoke about liability and litigation issues from the construction manager, general contractor and subcontractor perspectives. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional, and her firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA nationwide.

Stressing the importance of continual improvement, Abrams said that following the preplanning meetings process, site-specific plan requirements and other measures outlined during the Subcontractor Safety Summit not only help comply with rules but also reflect a willingness to participate in the safety culture The Hagerman Group promotes.

The Subcontractor Safety Summits also included exhibitors showcasing their safety products. Exhibitors included 3M, HD White Cap, Mill Supply, Ritz Safety, Trinity Safety Group and Tway Lifting Products. The event concluded with a survey on safety and door prize giveaways.

Event Feedback 

“It was great to put Hagerman’s overall safety program to Hagerman’s safety professionals’ faces. With this summit, it proved that Hagerman is intent on making safety a high priority for them and their subcontractors.”

– Monty Richmond, PHR,CLRP, SHRM-CP, STS, Director of Human Resources and Safety, Brooks Construction Co., Inc.

“I felt Hagerman holding the summit was a great approach to getting everybody in the same room at the same time to lay out their ideals, approach, and execution on safety. I really appreciate Hagerman’s commitment, not only to safety, but to their subcontractors in general. They openly acknowledge and understand that not every company can have a full-time staff that’s dedicated to nothing but safety. I feel they truly want to elevate all parties involved to a higher standard in safety.”

– Josh Miller, Field Operations Coordinator, Votaw Electric

“I appreciate Hagerman taking the time, energy, and resources to put on the Subcontractor Safety Summit. In my opinion, Hagerman is the best GC that I have worked for and this is another example of why; they are the first to put on a summit in this area. When working with Hagerman’s staff, whether it is in the design stage with an estimator, or during the project with a project manager or superintendent their internal work culture shows, and they truly make you feel that you are a part of their team.”

– Peter F Schenkel, Vice President, C.L. Schust Co., Inc.

“In the construction industry, everyone preaches about job site safety. Hagerman has gone the extra mile by including all trades to this safety summit that provided information about industry standards and best practices. I really appreciate how Hagerman takes the ‘job site safety teamwork’ from the top down on all their projects, and this safety summit exemplifies that commitment.”

– Ryan Reuille, Vice President, Project Design & Piping

“Hagerman has been a safety-driven company on job sites. I thought this was a great way to implement their safety culture to more than just the crews on-site.”

– Andrew Brunner, Director of Operations, Millennium Contractors, LLC

“This was a great opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from contractors throughout our industry. We all work at different companies, but the issues are the same. I appreciate Hagerman bringing everyone together.”

– JD Kyle, Director, Health and Safety, ERMCO, Inc.



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