SOURCE: Safway Services

Safway Services

April 25, 2016 14:00 ET

Safway Group Is Alliance Partner for Safety Week, May 2 - 6, 2016

Free Scaffold Safety Training Throughout May 2016

WAUKESHA, WI--(Marketwired - April 25, 2016) -  For the second year in a row, Safway Group will support Safety Week, May 2 - 6, 2016, by being an alliance partner with The Construction Industry Safety Initiative and the Incident & Injury-Free Executive Forum which, together, include over 40 national and global construction firms. Safeway jobsites throughout North America, safety personnel and managers will hold stand-downs during Safety Week to further inspire everyone in the industry to be effective, dedicated safety leaders year-round. Additionally, Safway will partner with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and The Center for Construction Research and Training on the third annual national initiative to prevent falls, the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths.

Free Scaffolding Safety Training
In observance of Safety Week, Safway Group is offering free Systems™ and Sectional Scaffold safety training for users and erectors throughout the month of May 2016. Developed for both those who perform work while on a scaffold as well as erectors, this online training includes chapter quizzes and a final exam. Participants will receive a certificate of completion with a score of 85 percent or higher. This certificate can be applied to the OSHA requirement for training. To learn more, visit www.safway.com.

"At Safway, safety is our No. 1 value," says Paul Amedee, vice president of environmental health and safety at Safway. "Over the last year, we reduced our incident rate by 22 percent, and we are committed to continuous improvement both within our company and throughout our industry. Everyone at Safway has the responsibility to their families, co-workers and the company by owning safety and being committed to always working and acting safely."

Safway has developed what it calls the "Five Key Principles" of owning safety, which the company plans to focus on during the Safety Week stand-down:

1. Employee Ownership and Responsibility 
All employees must take ownership and responsibility for themselves, co-workers, contractors and customers. Everyone on a work site has to own safety every minute of every day.

2. Stop Work Authority
Stopping a job to ensure safety is a requirement for everyone, anytime, anywhere. All employees have the authority to -- and are expected to -- stop the work whenever they believe a situation exists where any person, equipment and/or the environment are at risk.

3. Intervention and Coaching
Intervention and coaching must take place at all levels in the company. Safety conversations should be occurring daily among employees.

4. Feedback and Responding to Employees
When someone provides feedback, suggestions, ideas or requests, it is important to be open-minded. Timely feedback is the most effective feedback, and continuous communication helps to foster openness, trust, understanding and improvement.

5. Accountability
To truly own safety, each employee must hold him or herself, and others, accountable for their behaviors and actions.

OSHA has partnered with several key groups to assist with this year's annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

About Safway Group
With more than 120 locations in the U.S. and Canada and a growing system of distributors worldwide, Safway Group companies deliver efficient, high-performance multiservice solutions -- The Smart Way® -- by collaborating, communicating and sharing resources. Offering experience and expertise in access, scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing, surface preparation and coatings, Safway Group companies include All-American Scaffold, CL Coatings; Industrial Coatings & Fireproofing; MobleySafway; New England Scaffolding; Redi Solutions; Safway Atlantic; Safway Services; Safway Services Canada; S&E Bridge & Scaffold; and Swing Staging. With the largest engineering staff, an exclusive project management system, award-winning safety excellence and a full line of products and services, Safway Group companies design and implement innovative, quality solutions at the lowest installed cost for projects of any size and scope. Safway has been an industry leader since 1936. Safway Group companies serve the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, refining, marine, manufacturing, transportation and commercial construction industries worldwide. For more information about Safway Group, visit: www.safwaygroup.com

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