One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!
In August of 2015, Mason Construction was added to the Zero Injury Institute’s Hall of Honor as the 34th company in North America to reach the milestone of 1 million safe man hours without a recordable accident. In 2016, because of all of our team’s effort in promoting an outstanding safety culture, we were able to add our name to the Hall of Honor again; not only once, but twice.
In April of 2016, we reached over 1 million safe man hours for all Valero Texas Projects from 2011-2016. We also reached over 1 million safe man hours for all ExxonMobil Beaumont Area Complex Projects from 2007-2016, in September, of this year. What makes this even more special is that we just became one of only eight companies to ever reach a million safe man hours on three or more occasions. Those companies include mega-corporations like S&B Engineers and Constructors, Zachry, Kiewit and Fluor. All of these companies are exponentially larger than Mason Construction, Ltd. and possess almost infinite resources; but it just goes to show that the heart and soul of Mason (its people) can achieve the seemingly impossible when they set their sights on something.
Mason Construction, Ltd. was built on the belief that all things are possible when you have the right team working together to achieve a common goal. We have conquered many challenging projects together, have overcome hardship and loss, and have endured the tests of time for over 77 years. As long as we have outstanding people on our team within the collective Mason family, we will continue to do so.
So for 2017 I extend a challenge to each of our colleagues. Together we have an opportunity to make this year our safest year ever. Please personally commit to achieving the goal of zero injuries this year. Zero recordable accidents, zero lost time injuries, zero trips to the hospital, and zero Band-Aid cases. To do so, it will take each of us pledging to not allow these types of injuries to happen on our projects. That means that we need to do a better job of planning and communicating and getting everyone on the job engaged and committed to the same goals. We also have to put additional emphasis on how we communicate with our subcontractors and how we will utilize equipment and interface with the operators to reduce our number of equipment related incidents and property damages. As supervisors and managers we need to encourage others to Speak Up, Listen Up, and utilize their Stop Work Authority without fear of repercussion. We also have to hold ourselves and those that we work with accountable to make sure that we are doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.
As always, we ask you to strive for excellence in all things; but continue to place the highest value on making sure that we preserve the families of those men and women that we call our "Mason Family” every day. I look forward to reaching our next million with each of you this year and pray that we can make this our first Zero Injury Year ever. Thanks again for all that you do.
Written by Le Short, Vice President