Our Safety Slogan:
Working Safe. Building Strong.
At Woodward Design+Build, we understand that accidents are prevented through careful planning, training, and cooperative efforts in all areas of our operations. Safety is the responsibility of every Woodward employee and the single focus of our corporate safety team. It is an essential part of our firm’s culture and we are constantly making efforts to ensure the safest workplace possible through our safety program.
Woodward’s safety culture is maintained through management support in enforcing safety, quality and production at all our jobsites. Our management is firmly committed to safety and our safety committee meets monthly to review our progress, areas of improvement and new ideas.
Proper training provides a solid foundation for our employees to identify and prevent workplace hazards. Woodward requires not only our on-site managers, but all personnel, to complete safety training. New hires are required to attend a safety orientation and during their first year, employees are trained in CPR, First Aid and OSHA 10. Training continues through classes such as an OSHA 10 refresher course and targeted workshops on some of the main safety issues we face on our jobsites.
By providing ongoing safety training, the entire Woodward team is prepared to identify, prevent and mitigate hazards to uphold safety standards every day.
Our Safety Department completes an average of 500 jobsite inspections each year, identifying and correcting hazards in the field. Findings from the safety observations are documented and distributed to all jobsite employees and are added as a topic to our weekly subcontractor meetings to further everyone’s awareness of safety issues and encourage constant diligence on the jobsite.
Effective communication is key when it comes to safety. Woodward seeks to identify and communicate hazards before any employees are exposed to potential injury. Our jobsite meetings give us the opportunity to communicate with all jobsite personnel, receive input on particular exposures and determine ways to prevent them.
Site Specific Safety Plans
Safety starts at Woodward long before the job does. On complex jobs, our Safety Department and Operations leadership establish a Site Specific Safety Plan. They examine the complexity of the job, establish safety criteria and identify potential hazards to develop the site specific plan, which guides our subcontractor meetings and daily activities all the way through to a safe and successful project completion.
Our safety track record has earned industry awards and recognition in the field. In 2012, Engineering News Record Texas/Louisiana awarded the Marine Corps Support Facility, New Orleans with a Best in Safety Award and recognized the Blue Plate Artist Lofts with a Safety Merit Award. Additionally, Woodward has received numerous awards through the National Safety Council.