J&S Construction one of two firms honored by state's Associated General Contractors

January 26, 2015

Herald-Citizen - Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

J&S Construction Company, Inc. was recently honored with the Construction Safety Excellence Award presented by the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee. J&S Construction® is one of only two construction firms in the state to be selected by the organization for this award.

The purpose of this award is to recognize those construction companies who excel at safety performance. Award candidates had to meet stringent pre-qualification requirements in order to participate. Candidates were independently judged on their corporate commitment to safety, overall safety program elements, level of employee involvement and the company’s effectiveness in promoting safety to include uniqueness and creativity.

“Safety is not a program to enforce or manage, it is a culture in the hearts of those in the workforce throughout the company,” said Johnny Stites, CEO of J&S Construction. “Its importance is initiated and maintained by management; because, if the line employees do not believe the owners and executives truly care about the workforce, they will not be as mindful of the safety of all. It must be clear that safety trumps money, or the culture will fail.”

J&S Construction will now go on to compete in the 2015 Associated General Contractors of America Construction Safety Excellence Awards. There, judges will look for evidence of company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.

The winning firms of the national competition will be announced in March during the annual AGCA national convention to be held in Puerto Rico.

Established in 1918, the Associated General Contractors of America is a membership organization dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting edge technologies and techniques and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. 

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