General contractor: Safety
Exxel hired five new safety coordinators in 2016.
Exxel Pacific believes that sharing best safety practices and lessons learned within the community is vital for continuous improvement. Exxel takes every opportunity to accomplish this with its subcontractors and other general contractors, as well as on educational project tours with Central Washington University Safety and Health Management and Construction Management students.
Exxel continues to work with and support its subcontractors with their safety programs and continual development. Exxel believes that going above and beyond the required minimum is the right thing to do and makes a difference with improving safety in the industry.
The company is engaged in the industry as well. For the last three years, Exxel has hosted the state Department of Labor and Industry’s Introduction to Construction field trip for new hires on jobsite tours, and hosted L&l at another project last year. During these tours, Exxel’s superintendent explains the construction process and sequence, and answers questions.
Joe Sadler, Exxel’s director of safety, has been a speaker for L&l’s Blueprint for Safety event and has also presented the How Do You Communicate Safety Effectively and Make it a Personal Issue program to the AGC’s Future Leadership Forum.
Exxel has expanded its safety department staffing, going from two safety professionals and one safety coordinator in 2015 to adding five new safety coordinators in 2016. Other recent safety advancements include investing in Werner podium ladders to increase ladder safety, enhancing its crisis emergency-management program, expanding technical training for its safety-coordinator staff, and working to become the best educated, most knowledgeable and best construction safety department in the Pacific Northwest.