Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


SMACNA’s 2019 Safety Innovation Award — Top Three Safety Innovations

Dec 31, 2019

First Place

F.E. Moran – Job Hazard Analysis

F.E. Moran’s Safety Department believes a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is one of the most powerful and useful tools that we have in the safety arsenal. A JHA is designed for a day to day, play by play, safety plan in where daily tasks are broken down in small steps, assigned risk exposures, and provide corrective actions. These JHAs are reviewed prior to the start of the project and daily prior to the start of work.

FE Moran Safety Department spent two years drafting the narrative construction scripts and integrating it with workflow. We developed every possible sheetmetal operational steps, assigned exposures, and provided methods and means to reduce/eliminate these exposures. This was a ground up approach from project start to demobilization.

FE Moran took the stagnate/basic JHA form/process that been around since the 1970’s and simplifying yet super charged it to integrate the following: Project schedule to correspond to a safety schedule, integrate pictures to the safety plan for easy explanation, Integrated color coding to identify specific high/low exposures, and finally identify quality control issues/concerns.  As of 2019, all contractors and government divisions such as DOE, ACOE, DOT, FAA, etc. have accepted this innovative JHA.

This process has proven safety and production efficiency. By blending these documents, we have reduced frequency of WC/employee events, Reduced severity of claims, mitigated 3rd party losses, improved productivity, and minimized GL exposures through QC implementation. Most importantly, we can provide our field employees with a tool that is both user friend yet carries 2100 innovations.

Second Place
PSF Mechanical, Inc. – A.C.T. Safe Platform

In 2019, PSF Mechanical, Inc. led by our safety, production, and IT teams, developed a digital platform to initiate an early assessment, identification, planning, and communication tool for High-Risk Tasks on every project. The digital platform is designed to be accessible and easy-to-use by all departments, both in-office and in the field, to reduce risk and promote communication between project team members. By including the estimating, sales, and production teams in the early identification, planning, communication, and execution of High-Risk Tasks before boots on the ground and throughout the project, we break the cycle of complacency and support teams that are more accountable, effective and safe.

The A.C.T (Accountability; Communication; Teamwork) Safe platform integrates multiple facets including; task-planning, safety audits, workforce tracking, employee safety training, injury reporting, and associated costs, subcontractor contracts, and data tracking. The A.C.T. Safe platform allows our safety team to generate reports on-demand to proactively analyze data and respond to trends and predictions effectively.

Communication of identified High-Risk Tasks provides an exceptional opportunity for all players on the project to become part of the conversation and to work together to ACT safe.

Lessons learned evaluation post each project allow us to effectively review and discuss data complied through our application resources, such as company/crew interactions, incidents, and GC standards, and apply knowledge gained proactively to future projects. This cycle from project start to the end creates an integrated team approach to safe practices.

Third Place
Poynter Sheet Metal – Cut Resistant Policy

Poynter Sheet Metal has implemented a 100% cut resistant sleeve policy for demolition work. During 2017, Poynter employees suffered a high number of lacerations to forearms during demolition work. While investigating these incidents we found most were a result of an unforeseen conditions related to previous installation. Since its inception, the policy has reduced the cuts to forearms by 80%.