About_Health_Safety

High Standards for MWH Engineering and Construction Projects

As one of the world’s top wet infrastructure engineering and construction companies, MWH aims to achieve the highest standard of health and safety performance in all its products, services and work activities. Effective management of health and safety, one part of our commitment to continuous improvement, is essential and integral to the firm’s overall business performance and to the success of all MWH projects.

Industry-Recognized Occupational Health and Safety Program

By implementing the fundamental elements of a systematic approach to safety, all MWH employees and project team members benefit from safe, healthy working conditions. Our focus on safety, however, reaches far beyond simply protecting MWH interests and employees; it also benefits our clients and the communities in which we live and work. Our excellent safety record translates into lower workers’ compensation insurance and liability rates and, therefore, reduced costs and risks to our clients. Furthermore, we work closely with clients and stakeholders to ensure we support their unique safety requirements. This includes taking a forward-looking view of safety to embed it for the long-term, incorporating safety in design to help vital infrastructure stand the test of time.

In 2010 MWH introduced the SafeStart program, which outlines a visible minimum standard of health and safety that is diligently communicated and enforced at every level of our organization. The program empowers our employees to engage and involve themselves in every aspect of health and safety across all areas, activities and disciplines. Each level of management demonstrates safety leadership, providing a safe work environment and promoting safety as a value.

SafeStart encourages a proactive approach to health and safety. SafeStart policies and procedures include a code of safe work practices for construction; a substance abuse program; confined space program; as well as a host of practices compliant with global, regional, state, county or city-specific standards. By implementing the fundamental concepts of a systematic approach to safety, MWH employees and project team members enjoy safe and healthful working conditions.

The SafeStart program is one example of our commitment to improving corporate and project health and safety, not only through the reduction of incidents, but through the introduction, application, compliance and continuous improvement of our health and safety management. As we apply lessons learned and implement best practices across the globe, we inform and educate our employees to ensure a consistent approach and safe, healthy working environment across all projects and offices during the planning, management and execution of our work. Our policies and procedures are continuously reviewed and updated and are always readily available. As in all vital aspects of our business, our executive leaders are heavily involved with our health and safety program, providing the leadership necessary to engage our people in the promotion and achievement of our safety performance.

“We are committed to providing a safe and healthful working environment for all employees.  We will ensure our work does not adversely affect the health or safety of others.  It is both a moral obligation and sound business practice to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. ”

We praise innovation in our approach to projects but set boundaries on quality and safety.”    

– Alan Krause, CEO, MWH Global

Our dedication to providing a safe and healthy work environment is indicated by the numerous awards we have and continue to receive:

2013
  • Received the Zero Incidence Rate Award and Improved Safety Award from the Colorado Contractor Association
  • Third Place Construction Safety Excellence Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America
2012

The British Safety Council (BSC), UK

  • Fifth Gold Medal for achieving its ninth consecutive RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Gold Award.
  • Merit Award for its submission for the BSC International Safety Award.
  • RoSPA Gold Award from the BSC International Safety Awards.
  • and also a Merit Award from the BSC International Safety Awards.
2011

National Utility Contractors Association, USA

  • William H. Feather Safety Award.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), UK

  • MWH; RoSPA Gold Award.
  • MWH Treatment; RoSPA Gold Award.
  • Severn Trent Water Contract – Costain / MWH Joint Venture; two RoSPA Silver Awards.

The British Safety Council (BSC), UK

  • MWH; Merit Award.
  • MWH Treatment; Merit Award.
2010

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), USA

  • 1st Place – AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) (200,001-750,000 hours).

Certiquality – Quality Certification Body, Italy

  • Certiquality Excellence Award.

Colorado Contractors Association / Associated General Contractors of America, USA

  • Zero Incidence Rate, Group 2 Heavy and Utilities Division.
  • Traveling Safety Trophy, Best Overall Safety in District (70,000-175,000 hours).

John Holland Group National Safety Award, Australia

  • Priority Sewerage Program Alliance; Sydney, New South Wales.

McGraw Hill / Mountain States Construction – Gold Hard Hat Awards (Silver), USA

  • Space Innovation and Development Center; Colorado Springs, Colorado.

University of South Florida – Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award, USA

  • North Cape Water Treatment Plant; Cape Coral, Florida.
  • Southwest Water Reclamation Facility; Cape Coral, Florida.
2009

Colorado Contractors Association / Associated General Contractors of America, USA

  • Zero Incidence Rate, Group 2 Heavy and Utilities Division.
  • Traveling Safety Trophy, Best Overall Safety in District (70,000 – 175,000 hours).

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), USA  

  • Excellence in Construction Management; Orange County Water District, California.

 McGraw Hill / Colorado Construction – Gold Hard Hat Awards (Bronze), USA  

  • Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group (A/DACG) Project; Colorado Springs, Colorado.

National Utility Contractors Association, USA

  • William H. Feather Safety Award.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award 2009/2008, USA

  • Utility Expansion and Facility Expansion Programs (UEP/FEP); Cape Coral, Florida.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) – Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Award, USA

  • Utility Expansion Program (UEP); Cape Coral, Florida.

University of South Florida – Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award, USA

  • North Cape Water Treatment Plant; Cape Coral, Florida.
  • Southwest Water Reclamation Facility; Cape Coral, Florida.

USACE Omaha District – Contractor Safety and Occupational Health “Gold” Award, USA

  • Arrival and Departure Air Control Group (A/DACG) Project; Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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