Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 101
Based in Spokane, Wash., Garco
Construction is one of the largest general
contractors in the Inland Northwest.
supervisor prior to working in the field. "Garco's full-time safety
director, Dan Hall, and Garco's site safety personnel have teamed
up with the AGC to monitor, train, and promote worker safety on
each project," Garco explains. "Garco also utilizes the safety services
available from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industrial Division of Consultative Services."
Garco also has a safety incentive program that tracks employee
safety performance both weekly and by the number of "safe hours"
worked by each employee. The weekly program rewards the worker
with "safety bucks" for a safe week's work.
"Safety Bucks are redeemed for selected wares," Garco says. "The
safe hours program rewards our employee's safe work with a variety
of items, which range from a personalized winter weight Carhartt
jacket up to a week's paid vacation."
for their efforts in working toward a safe and productive project,"
the company says, noting that each summer it also hosts a company
"For this event, all of the Garco employees and their families
are invited to spend a weekend day at a large theme park located
near Spokane," the company concludes. "The day, which includes a
catered lunch, employee safety awards and donated prizes, is Garco's
way of showing a genuine appreciation for a safe workforce."
'At Garco, we not
only provide quality construction, but
The program awards employees after they achieve 500 hours of
safe work. "It has now progressed up to 35,000 safe work hours for
several of our long-term employees," Garco explains. "Both systems
are effective and well received by the work force."
Garco is also aware that safety incentives are extremely valuable
for a job site. "As a standard practice to reward all of the workers at
our projects, Garco will host a jobsite picnic to show our appreciation
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