Taking safety seriously can reduce accidents by big percentages

Nevada-based construction firms, along with national entities, are taking safety seriously. And it’s having a large impact on reducing recordable incidents.

One firm, local-based Penta Building Group, hosted its ninth annual Safety Kick-Off Meeting earlier this year in several states in which it has holdings. The theme was “success begins with Safeteams.”

At the Las Vegas event, more than 500 attendees heard about a personal story of tragedy, and 10 safety attitude strategies that could reduce dangerous incidents from occurring.

Proactive safety is an important aspect of reducing incidents.

The Associated Builders and Contractors released a national report in May showing the number of recordable incidents could be reduced up to 86 percent through proactive safety practices.

The best performing companies were 720 percent safer than the industry average, the report said.

“Until now, relatively little research has been conducted on the correlation between the use of ‘leading indicators,’ such as substance-abuse programs, new hire safety orientation and near-miss investigations, and safer construction job sites,” said ABC president and CEO Michael Bellaman. “Now we have empirical evidence from members doing real work on real projects that shows that implementing these best practices can produce world-class construction safety programs.”

The dataset used in ABC’s 2016 Safety Performance Report was based on more than 1,700 sets of unique company data. Companies involved were ABC member companies ranging from construction and heavy construction to civil engineering and specialty trades.

Major findings include those companies that had the highest level of participation in safety programs reduced their incidents by 86 percent. Also, companies with a robust substance-abuse program or policy in place were able to dramatically outperform those with a weaker program.

Other findings include a 66 percent reduction in incidents with companies that had a site-specific safety orientation.

Hard Rock Hotel convention space getting closer to completion

The Hard Rock Hotel recently completed the steel construction on a project that will expand the megaresort’s meeting and convention space.

The 18,000-square-foot project is to be built out in the winter of 2016. When it’s complete, Hard Rock will have nearly 110,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

“The expansion of Hard Rock Hotel’s meetings and convention space is a demonstration of how we stay in the forefront of the Las Vegas market,” said Drew Varga, vice president of operations and group sales at Hard Rock Hotel. “In town, you won’t find another hotel with the high energy and entertaining environment that we can offer to groups.”

The new convention space will expand the hotel’s reach on the type of guest it can accommodate, with offerings including Wi-Fi, CAT5 cabling and a program to create customizable sound, light, mood, and several banquet packages.

Prologis’ first-quarter report looks positive

Prologis, a global developer of industrial space, recently put out its first quarter numbers, with company leaders calling for a positive outlook.

“We are off to an excellent start this year,” said Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of Prologis. “Operating conditions remain extremely healthy in the majority of our markets, above our expectations. Consumption and e-commerce are the key drivers of our growth and both continue to grow faster than underlying economies would suggest. These factors, combined with our focused investment strategy, have resulted in strong operational and financial results in the first quarter.”

Prologis’ revenue in the first quarter was $606 million over last year’s $463 million, with vacancy rates in the companies’ stock moving up from 95.9 percent to 96.1 percent.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada breaks ground on new retail center

Goodwill of Southern Nevada broke ground on May 17 on its second Henderson Goodwill retail store and drive-thru at Horizon Road and Boulder Highway.

The build-out on the 17,000-square-foot build-to-suit center is planned for fall 2016. The sales floor will equate to 11,000 square feet. The center will also include a covered two land drive-thru donation center.

The center is expected to create 40 to 45 full-time positions.

Associated Builders and Contractors, Nevada Chapter annual meeting

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Nevada Chapter, recently had its sixth annual Meet the General Contractors event at The Orleans.

The event is the largest local construction industry expo in Southern Nevada. It brought out subcontractors, industry suppliers and design professionals.

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