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Safety

“Our number one priority on the job site is sending our workers home safely at the end of the day.”

– Josh Shifflet, Vice President of Safety

 

At HGC Construction safety is more than a priority, it is a fundamental value. Priorities can change, but our values never waiver – such as our commitment to safety. This culture of safety starts with ownership — leading by example. Starting with our Executive Staff, to each and every one of our employees, a never-ending focus on safety is at the heart of what we do.

HGC’s outstanding safety record stems from our strict safety requirements and continual supervision. HGC’s enhanced safety systems helped it attain the coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from OSHA. (We are among only a handful of Ohio-based companies with this distinction). Other features of our safety program include:

 

  • All HGC personnel complete a minimum of 10 hours OSHA training. Lead carpenters, project managers, foremen, and superintendents all complete 30 hours of OSHA training.
  • Field personnel volunteer their own time to gain equipment safety training and first aid and CPR certifications, as HGC promotes employee safety.
  • Our Drug-free Workplace Program is certified level L1 by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
  • Our EMR rating is one of the lowest in the industry.
  • Our results: No time lost through worksite injuries—zero!

HGC earns awards beyond its VPP status:

  • National Quality Accredited Contractor Award
  • S.T.E.P. Safety Award (Gold and Platinum levels) from Associated Builders & Contractors
  • 2019 Safety Innovation Award

What is the Voluntary Protection Program?

Voluntary Protection Programs logoOSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status is awarded only to those companies demonstrating excellence in safety and health, as determined by a rigorous application process. VPP companies are committed to employee protection beyond the requirements of OSHA standards – with participants implementing comprehensive systems to reduce occupational hazards and prevent employee injuries and illnesses. As a result, the average VPP company has a lost workday incident rate at least 50 percent below the industry average.

This gives HGC clients the ultimate reassurance that their project will be completed quickly, efficiently and right on time – by a crew operating at full strength. Clients have peace of mind knowing they are working with a company that upholds safety excellence as a way of life.

Quality

HGC’s Culture of Quality is more than an idea used to describe our product or persuade a client to hire us. It is a foundation of HGC and is driven by a responsibility to our clients, our employees and our community.

HGC is an organization of seasoned professionals who manage risk through time tested processes and technologies. Our protocol provides for checks and balances, transparency, communication and a spirit of doing it right. Our process guides and audits the field staff to ensure a safe work environment that reduces incident and impact to customers and employees and preserves the success of each project we complete. Our goal is to meet and exceed expectations with integrity and innovation.

exterior of Summit Country Day with Crest

“I am a huge fan of the HGC organization. They work hard. They want to please the customer. They go beyond the call of duty if it is required. They are honest; when they make a mistake, they admit it and fix it. HGC works very well with the architects and designers. They partner well together.”

– Rich Wilson, Head of School
Summit Country Day School

Hear from more of our Clients about the HGC Commitment to Quality.

Community

“Pay it Forward. Make a Difference. Generosity transforms; that’s what we want to do.”

-HGC Group of Companies “Builder’s Book”

Many charitable organizations benefit from the generosity of our team members year after year. We donate, walk, ride, run and sponsor fellow associates, clients, family members and general causes. We take our commitment to community very seriously. Many of us play active roles in the community serving as board members, coaches, event coordinators, professional organization members and the list goes on.

A dedication to community involvement is just one way that HGC gives back to communities. Organizations who receive the support of HGC’s time, talent, and treasure include but are not limited to:

Sustainability

“A no-waste approach reflects our roots. Our heritage and midwestern values establish a solid foundation for the green revolution. We have built on that foundation. We have acquired strong technical training and on-the-job experience in green construction. In this revolutionary time, that–and honest hard work—has been the catalyst for HGC’s success.”

– Mike Huseman, President

collage of LEED certified projects

Long before it was considered a catch-phrase or best practice, HGC practiced sustainability. Our founder Richard Huseman preserved materials discarded from one project to use whenever possible on another. This helped control costs for the company and clients.

HGC’s Cincinnati headquarters sets an example to other businesses looking for energy and cost savings through sustainability. In renovating our offices, we re-purposed discarded materials to create a stunning, award-winning environment.

We have LEED certified personnel within our ranks, and we strive tirelessly to make sure our Clients’ projects meet their sustainability goals. We have more than 25 LEED projects within our portfolio, ranging from Silver to Gold and even Platinum. Several projects have earned additional certifications including Living Building Challenge petal certification, and Energy Star certification.

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