MPW Environmental Services, Inc. was awarded a 2021 Thomas J. Reynolds Award for construction safety and health from The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC). This prestigious safety award recognizes the outstanding achievements of TAUC members to minimize the number of work site accidents, injuries and illnesses to their employees.
To be eligible for an award, a member’s Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate must be below 1.2 which is 25% below the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average of 1.6. Based on MPW Environmental Services’ 2021 safety statistics, our DART rate was 0.33 and we were recognized with a Certificate of Achievement.
“Receiving this award is an honor and each employee of MPW Environmental Services should be proud,” said Health & Safety Analyst Anthony Tagliaferro. “The reward is a symbol of the work that went in and the price every employee paid to go to work and work safe.”
Tagliaferro said the DART rate is a mathematical calculation describing the number of recordable incidents per 100 full-time employees that resulted in lost or restricted days, or job transfer, due to work related injuries or illnesses.
“A DART rate that low (0.33) was achieved by a combination of different efforts, most importantly the widespread adoption of the company’s Safety and Health Program,” Tagliaferro said. The Safety and Health Program addresses several different topics directly and indirectly affecting the DART rate, including employee health; hazard identification and mitigation; incident response, investigation and management; managing health and safety; and training and development.
“The best way to drive the DART number down is to mitigate and control hazards that exist, which will eliminate the incident potential,” Tagliaferro said. MPW Environmental Services has won the Thomas J. Reynolds Award five years in a row including this year.