Safety: A Mindset that Saves Time, Money and Lives

Filed in Awards, Labor, Safety and Health, Multifamily by on May 10, 2018 0 Comments

CF Evans builds beautiful spaces, like this club room at Wharf 7 in Charleston, S.C., but keeps its focus on safety.

Smart companies talk about safety, train for safety and build safely month after month, all year long. And one such firm is Orangeburg, S.C.-based CF Evans Construction, whose president, Johnny Evans, was recently honored as Multifamily Builder of the Year in NAHB’s 2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards.

Evans impressed the judging panel with the quality of his company’s projects, 95% of which are completed on time and on (or under) budget. But what sealed the deal for CF Evans was its focus on safety as the company’s No. 1 core value.

On its website, the company describes its approach to construction as bringing “safety, service and sustainability to each project.” The company’s full-time safety compliance officer visits every jobsite every week, checking for problems and showing project managers how to coach the project’s subcontractors on safety.

Hank Rhame, amiably known as “Safety Hank,” also presents toolbox talks to project managers every Sunday night. The managers take the information back to the jobsite as the on-site safety theme for the week. Safety Hank also coordinates safety-related activities for employees and their children during Safety Week.

If that seems like a lot of time spent on safety, consider how much time it takes for a company to deal with a serious injury. Then consider that CF Evans hasn’t had a lost-time incident in 10 years.

CF Evans has been named as one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” every year since 2008. While there are lots of good reasons why it’s on that list, one of them has to be the overwhelming odds that every employee who goes to work in the morning will go home uninjured at the end of the day.

NAHB is encouraging all member companies to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down during the second week of May, which is also National Construction Safety Week.

Download NAHB safety resources at nahb.org/safety. Learn more about the Pillars awards at the program website.

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