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MYR Group, Inc. is one of the largest electrical transmission and distribution companies in the country. They also install and maintain electrical wiring in commercial and industrial facilities. In August 2004, MYR Group, along with five other companies of the Electrical Transmission and Distribution (ET&D) Construction Contractors and Trade Associations formed a national OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP). MYR group has devoted a lot of time and resources to this effort. The training courses and best practices implemented through this national partnership have contributed to improved safety and health throughout the company.
Three of MYR Group’s subsidiaries have now achieved Star status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Mobile Workforce Demonstration for Construction. Two districts of Sturgeon Electric, the transmission and distribution group and the commercial and industrial group, received approval for their work performed in Colorado in August 2008. L.E. Myers received approval for their work performed for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in multiple states in September 2008.
Transformed from Significant Case Recipient to Star Recipient
In 2002, MYR Group had a Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) of 7.3 and a Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate of 3.9. They were also facing the reality of significant fines and penalties due to OSHA enforcement action. Through concerted efforts throughout the organization, safety and health has been transformed into a key value. By 2007, their TCIR was reduced to 2.7 (a 63 percent decrease) and their DART to 1.2 (a 69 percent decrease). Their 2007 rates are also 53 and 63 percent below the 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) national average for the power and communication line construction industry (presented in the table below).
Increased Management Commitment, OSHA Partnership Influences Change in MYR Group’s Safety Culture
Management at MYR Group committed itself to transforming safety into a core value and becoming an industry leader for safety. Several key initiatives have assisted MYR Group influenced this transformation. Specific examples of how they accomplished this include:
Entered VPP: August 2008
Industry and NAICS and SIC Codes: NAICS 237130 – Power and Communication Line Construction
Employees: 2,900 employees
Source and Date: Eric Lahaie, OSHA National Office; Steve Theis, MYR Group, Inc. (September 2008)