Massive health care build earns N.C. construction firm SHARP recognition
A North Carolina construction firm has received Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program (SHARP) accreditation for its work on a new health care facility.
Brasfield & Gorrie was presented with a certificate of completion last month at the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine project, a 12-story, 615,000 square sq foot ft surgical tower with 220 patient beds, a newly expanded emergency department with 94 prep/recovery exam rooms, 10 operating rooms, 40 PACU bays, and a rooftop helipad.
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry made the presentation during a jobsite visit. The project team has worked in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) since October 2016.
SHARP is one of the state’s most prestigious safety programs and is administered by NCDOL. Participants are construction worksites with comprehensive safety and health programs. They are considered industry leaders in safety.
A commitment to safety
“Safety is Brasfield & Gorrie’s top value, and we are honored to partner with NCDOL to underscore this commitment. We take every opportunity to ensure the safety of our employees and trade partners,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Vice President and Corporate Safety Director Troy Ogden.
Construction companies request evaluation for the program. A consultant then visits the site to identify any safety or health hazards and to evaluate the site’s work practices. The consultant also reviews written programs and shares findings and recommendations in a closing conference. After the visit, the consultant provides the construction site with a detailed report that identifies findings and recommendations.
SHARP accreditation shows a company’s dedication to safety and health. NCDOL reports that, by involving employees in this process, SHARP accredited businesses keep costs down and productivity up. The businesses are also subject to fewer Occupational Safety and Health compliance inspections. Brasfield & Gorrie is pursuing this accreditation for additional North Carolina projects. The company has received safety accolades on other projects, including Voluntary Protection Program Star certification for a Raytheon Missile Systems project in Tucson, Arizona.
About Brasfield & Gorrie
Founded in 1964, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets. The company has 3,000 employees and 12 offices.