Safety

Kwest Group, LLC has been touted as one of America’s safest contractors by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC). Our organization prioritizes and thrives on outstanding safety performance and is nearing to date 1 and ½ million work hours without a lost time injury. Our employees are convinced of zero incidents and we are a ZERO recordable incident workplace since 2007. In addition to this great accomplishment the commitment of our employees has been honored and national recognition for safety excellence has been received through the following awards:

  • 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 ABC National Pinnacle Award (1 of 6 in nation)
  • 2011 ABC National Safety Merit Award (1 of only 22 firms in the nation)
  • 2010 & 2012 ABC National Safety Excellence Award (1 of only 15 firms in the nation)
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 ABC Northern Ohio Chapter Diamond Safety Award
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 ABC STEP Diamond Award
  • 2010 ABC STEP Platinum Award

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Kwest Group LLC was awarded the 2013 Small Business Excellence in Construction Services Award through the Kentuckiana Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Post. Kwest was nominated for this award by their client, the US Army Corps Engineers – Louisville District, for their outstanding work on the Holes Creek Restoration Project in West Carrollton, Ohio. The award was presented to Kwest Group by Col. Luke Leonard, Commander, USACE Louisville District on January 28, 2014.

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Our sustained excellence can be attributed to a vigorous safety culture and our core program elements that include:

  • A competent, skilled, and experienced workforce.
  • Extensive safety training required by all employees including: OSHA 30 Hour, Excavation Competent Person, Confined Space Entry, Fall Protection, Basic Rigging, First Aid & CPR, Annual Worker Orientation, and Weekly Toolbox Meetings.
  • Availability and use of in-house training resources qualified for: OSHA, MSHA, HAZWOPER, NCCER Core Curriculum, Pipeline OQ, and Railroad Worker Safety instruction.
  • Persistent site awareness and planning using: Pre-Con Meetings, Site Specific Safety & Health and Emergency Contingency Plans, and Task Hazard Analysis (THAs).
  • Management awareness and participation through the company Loss Control Group that meets once per month and during weekly conference calls.
  • Jobsite inspection audits being conducted, compiled, and recorded on a weekly and periodic basis by all levels of employees.
  • Safety performance monitoring in real time using state-of-the-art software and technology with a focus on leading indicators and trends analysis.
  • Assigned responsibility and timely tracking and completion of corrective actions for unsafe items.
  • Pre-shift inspections on heavy equipment items and tools.
  • Employee incentives and recognition based on safety performance.
  • High accountability and a progressive discipline system for employee safety violations.
  • Incident investigation incorporating root cause analysis and corrective actions.
  • A comprehensive substance abuse and employee drug testing program.
  • Memberships and affiliations including: The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. of America, ISNetworld, Heavy Construction Software Systems, Inc. (HCSS), JSABuilder.com, and MSDS Online.