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Congratulations to the GreenWood project team at Mitsubishi Polyester Film in Greer, South Carolina for achieving 1.5 million safe work hours.  The accomplishment was reached after thirteen years of performance without a lost time event where GreenWood provides capital project work and supplemental maintenance for Mitsubishi.  This production plant is recognized as a global leader and one of the largest suppliers of polyester film in the world.  The 193-acre Mitsubishi site is an autonomous facility that covers more than a million square feet with 24-hour manufacturing processes.

A seamless relationship between GreenWood and Mitsubishi personnel ensures strong communications to maintain safe work environments.  Getting jobs done is a continual focus, but completing projects safely and in a timely manner is the true priority.  This applies to routine and special project work where the ultimate goal is always zero incidents.

“We emphasize safety in every aspect of our work regardless of the size and complexity of the project,” says Mike Simmons, Safety Director for GreenWood.  “Our team approach with Mitsubishi is built on mutual trust which allows us to achieve these safety goals and celebrate the accomplishments together.  We appreciate and value their continued confidence in our team as we perform all services in the safest manner possible.”

Congratulations to everyone at our Merck project site for achieving 5.5 million safe work hours. The major safety milestone was achieved across a 30-year continuous work relationship between GreenWood and Merck. GreenWood’s team provides Merck with various construction related services. This Merck facility produces vaccines in a plant covering more than one million square feet and has been operational for over seven decades.

At the center of this significant accomplishment is GreenWood’s “Always Aware” safety program which emphasizes safe work practices for individuals and employee teams at all times. The program integrates into the Merck safety standards where prevention of incidents, accidents and injuries is an ongoing priority.

Merck says that safety is the number one priority and credits GreenWood for doing an excellent job in looking out for their interests. Every morning begins with a safety meeting to review jobs and the work involved with projects. GreenWood personnel participate in the Safety Observation Reports (SOR) where they are empowered to recognize safety issues, report them and play an active role to ensure safety practices are always observed. Merck officials commented that “Safety belongs to everyone and GreenWood takes it seriously.  We consider GreenWood a major player and a spoke in the wheel of what we do here at Merck. We are one team, one community.”

Kevin Crittendon says that it takes continuous training and a personal commitment to maintain safe work environments in every job performed. “These milestones are reached only by having a safety mindset through employee engagement at all times. When we do that consistently, we all enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of having zero incidents. Being able to have this kind of relationship for nearly 30 years at Merck is a privilege and we thank them for the opportunities to do even more in the years to come.”

Affinity Risk Control Workshop

Representatives from GreenWood attended the recently held Affinity Insurance Risk management workshop to hone their safety skills and increase their knowledge base. Affinity Insurance, Ltd. emphasizes management of losses, claims, risk control events, and safety to ensure safe work environments. Through these type of learning events, GreenWood is able to apply this knowledge to complement our “Always Aware” safety recognition program. As a result, our project sites result in fewer incidents, lower operating costs, and better risk management. Safety always starts with you and employees that think safe…are safe!

GreenWood recently celebrated 5 million safe work hours at the West Virginia Operations (WVO) project in South Charleston, West Virginia.  This major milestone was accomplished from 17 years of continuous operations without a lost time event.

GreenWood hosted a cookout luncheon for over 225 attendees to recognize and help celebrate the achievements of the team.  GreenWood’s executive group was also on site to not only manage the grill, but to thank current and past employees as well as client representatives for their efforts in making this accomplishment possible.  Special recognition was given to 10 current employees who were part of the original team 17 years ago.

GreenWood first began work in West Virginia at a major client site in 2002 with 20 employees.  Over the past 17 years, the company’s presence in the area has grown to 6 ongoing client operations and nearly 200 employees.  WVO Area Business Manager Kenny Steen helped launch the first site in West Virginia and has been instrumental in providing a consistent focus on safety while delivering exceptional service and value to GreenWood clients.

“Accomplishments like this underscore why we emphasize safety in all aspects of our work,” states GreenWood Corporate Safety Director, Mike Simmons.  “By remaining ‘Always Aware’, employees are reminded every day to make safety a top priority by thinking, acting and performing safely at work and away from the office.  When we do that, we get to celebrate the results!”

GreenWood, Inc. was recently presented with the Lighthouse Beam Safety Award for achieving excellence in safety performance throughout their organization. The prestigious award is issued by McGriff Insurance Services. To qualify, a company must achieve outstanding overall safety performance based on criteria for a client’s workers’ compensation policy loss ratio, workers’ compensation experience modification (EMR), and BLS/DART/OSHA recordable incident rate. This marks the ninth consecutive year that GreenWood has met the stringent requirements encompassing the safety and health of employees at all project levels.

“GreenWood continues to achieve outstanding year over year safety results,” says Warren Blanchard, McGriff Insurance Services. “We are proud to recognize their exemplary performance and unwavering focus on safety.”

Mike Simmons, Corporate Director of Safety for GreenWood adds, “Safety is the most important aspect of our business. We emphasize this daily in every job we perform. This recognition from McGriff underscores our commitment to zero incidents and to maintaining the safest work environments possible.”

Several members of Team GreenWood attended the Affinity Risk Control Workshop held in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop provided an informative format with a focus on claims and risk control issues. This is one of the ways we learn how to improve our already strong safety and claims management processes.

It was also a time for all attendees to network and share safety and risk management best practices.  GreenWood was represented by 13 members from several project sites and the home office.

 

GreenWood, Inc. has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) to participate in the Carolina Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at our project in Durham, North Carolina.  Participation in this elite program is only for companies that demonstrate onsite safety and health best practices through a rigorous process evaluated, authenticated and approved by a team of NCDOL safety and health experts.

GreenWood has consistently demonstrated that safety and health practices are a vital part of daily operations with a focus on the prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards.  As a company, we have implemented effective management systems for the prevention of injuries and incidents in the workplace as required by OSHA and the NCDOL.  Operating within the OSHA Star VPP system motivates employees to work safely which leads to better quality and productivity along with reduced workers’ compensation costs.

North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry officially presented the Carolina Star VPP award to GreenWood project and safety leadership members as part of a project-wide event to mark the occasion.

GreenWood, Inc. has been recognized with the Affinity Insurance Risk Control Bronze Award for success in safety and claims management.  The Bronze level award is reserved only for companies in the top 3% of all member companies.

A comprehensive risk control survey and audit performed by independent risk management safety professionals was required for GreenWood to qualify for the award.  Affinity Insurance, Ltd. annually recognizes those members that are successful in managing losses, actively participating in risk control events, and demonstrating a commitment to safety throughout their organization.

GreenWood Safety Directory Mike Simmons states, “Receiving this award from Affinity Insurance is a direct reflection of our team commitment to safety.  We recognize that a safe work environment results in fewer incidents, lower operating costs, and better risk management.”

The GreenWood team at the Durham, North Carolina project has earned the North Carolina Department of Labor’s (NCDOL) Gold Safety Award for the second straight year. This award is given to recognize an exceptional safety record and the Gold Award level is based on the DART (“days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer”) rate.  The team was recognized and presented their award at the state NCDOL banquet.

The NCDOL Safety Awards Program recognizes companies that achieve and maintain superior safety records through accident prevention and by promoting safety in the workplace. Great work and congratulations to the entire Durham team for this outstanding accomplishment!

GreenWood was recently presented with the Lighthouse Beam Safety Award by BB&T Insurance Services marking the eighth consecutive year the company has earned this prestigious award.  The award is reserved only for companies who achieve excellence in safety performance throughout their organization.  Specific emphasis is placed on the safety and health of every employee at all project levels.  To qualify, a company must achieve outstanding overall safety performance based on criteria for a client’s workers’ compensation policy loss ratio, workers’ compensation experience modification (EMR), and BLS/DART/OSHA recordable incident rate.

“We are pleased to recognize GreenWood, Inc. for achieving an outstanding safety record for 2017,” says Warren Blanchard, BB&T Insurance Services.  “Their ongoing emphasis on zero incidents is obvious throughout the company.”

Mike Simmons, Corporate Director of Safety for GreenWood adds, “Our safety program is constantly being refined to ensure our standards are the highest possible.  Every employee knows that safety is our top priority regardless of the job we have to perform.  Receiving this award from BB&T Insurance Services directly reflects our dedication to maintaining safe work environments at all times.”

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