The Colorado Homesafe Partnership was signed in September 2005 with the key
objectives being to reduce serious injury and illness rates in the residential construction industry
of Metropolitan Denver through training for residential home builders. The Partnership is also
committed to developing and implementing effective safety and health management systems (SHMS).
Partnership progress is monitored by the Homesafe II Committee performing annual audits of the
partners and verification inspections of each partner being performed by OSHA.
Safety and Health Culture is Promoted and Injury and Illness
This Partnership impacts 25 employers and over 1,600 employees. During the second year of the
Partnership, 600 self-inspections were performed and 2,100 hazards were abated. A total of 32
training sessions were offered with over 1,800 employees attending. Two-hundred and thirty people
attended an OSHA 10-hour course which was 118 more than in 2006 (almost a 50% increase).
There are four Master Builders in the Partnership that have implemented an effective SHMS which
meets or exceeds OSHA's 1989 Guidelines. Twelve companies are in the process of improving their
systems and programs while attempting to reach Master Builder status.
In 2006, the Partnership created an interactive fall protection training CD/DVD in both English and
Spanish which is Part I of a four-part CD/DVD series. The Second CD/DVD titled, "The Lead Worker and
Struck-by Hazards," is currently under development and is expected to be released in 2008.
The Partnership's injury and illness rates have steadily declined over the past three years. Between
Year 1 and Year 2, the Days Away, Restricted and Transfer (DART) rate decreased by over 50% and the
Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) went from 7.7 to 4.1. The Partnership's overall average for their
injury illness rates were significantly below the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national average
for the most recent year in the construction industry. The below table presents the Partnership's
progress in reducing their injury and illness rates over the past three years.
|Year 1: 2004
|Year 2: 2005
|Year 3: 2006
|BLS Industry National Average for Most Recent Year
The Home Safe Colorado Partnership was created to encourage employers in the residential
homebuilding industry to strive for accident free job sites through effective safety and health
training, job site audits, and compliance with OSHA standards. The four goals of the Home Safe
Colorado Partnership are to: 1) reduce injury and illness rates and maintain the combined weighted
average rate for all Master Builders substantially (at least 10%) below the corresponding national
average; 2) document improvement in Home Safe Colorado Partners' Audit scores, both on an individual
and a program-wide average basis; 3) demonstrate an increase in the percentage of the Master
Builders' supervisors and subcontractors who have received appropriate safety training; and 4)
demonstrate a decrease in the frequency of unprogrammed OSHA inspections among Master Builders,
along with a decrease in the frequency of serious hazards found during unprogrammed or verification
inspections (OSHA will provide HBA of Metro Denver with this data).
Origin: Region VIII, Englewood Area Offices
Partners: Richmond American Homes, Amber Homes, McStain Neighborhoods,
Montgomery Homes LLC, D&R Framing, Van Dyke Construction, Rocky Mountain Drywall , Pase Contracting,
Colorado Climate Control, Carrington Homes LLC, New Town Home Management, Cornerstone Inc, Jayman Master
Builders, Oakwood Homes, Land Development, HollyBerry Home, Meadow Homes, Bristol Homes, Nixcavating
Inc., KZ Smith Construction, Standard Pacific Homes
Partnership Signed: September 2005
Industry: Construction, NAICS Code 236115, 238130, 238310, 238340, 238220,
238140, 237210, 238910 SIC Code 1521
Source and Date: David Nelson, Region VIII, Englewood Area Offices / September 2007