Health & Safety

About Us - Health and SafetyHigh Standards for MWH Engineering and Construction Projects

As one of the world’s top water 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

chairman & chief executive officer, MWH Global

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

2015
  • Perfect Record Award, National Safety Council (USA). Awards go to companies that have continued for the at least 12 consecutive months without incurring an occupational injury, illness or fatality involving days away from work.
  • Occupational Excellence Achievement Award, National Safety Council (USA). In accordance the OSHA recordkeeping requirements, honors companies, locations or divisions that have reported injuries and illnesses involving days away from work equal to or less that 50% of the BLS rating for their 6-digit NAICS code, and have had no fatalities during the calendar year.
  • Significant Improvement Award, National Safety Council (USA). Honors companies that have a minimum 20% reduction in injuries and illnesses that involve days away from work and have maintained or reduced the number of fatalities in accordance with OSHA recordkeeping requirements; current calendar year from previous calendar year.
  • Recognized by the Chilean Security Association as one of the top 20 firms in Chile
  • Gold Award from Considerate Constructors for Clay Mills Project
  • Silver Award from Considerate Constructors for Seafield THW Project
2014
  • Recognized by Considerate Constructors with a Silver award for Severn Trent’s Clay Mills site in the UK
  • Recognized by the British Safety Council for demonstrating a strong commitment to good health and safety management
  • Recognized by Considerate Constructors for Performance Beyond Compliance for the Tyseley, Seafield and Hulland Ward sites in the UK
  • ICE highly recommended MWH for the Community Benefit Award category at the Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Won the Team Achievement Award from ICE for our collaboration on the Merstham STW upgrade
  • Gold winner of Health and Safety category from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
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
  • Recognized by Glencore-Xstrata for accomplishing 20,000 hours of work without accidents, further developing the construction assurance for the Civil Works for the Las Bambas Water and Tailings Project in Peru
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.