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? OSHA’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.