Kanawha Valley Builders Association Partnership Keeps Illness and Injury Rates Well Below Construction Industry's National Average


The Kanawha Valley Builders Association (KVBA) and OSHA's Region III Charleston Area Office developed their first OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) in September 2000. Due to the success of the Partnership, they renewed their OSP agreement in September 2004. KVBA is a trade association that focuses on commercial, institutional and industrial construction with over 100 member companies employing over 6,500 people and representing all facets of the construction industry.

The KVBA Partnership was formed to provide a safe and healthful working environment for employees involved in the construction industry in the Charleston and Kanawha Valley Area. It was also developed for the key purpose of preventing accidents within the industry through increased training and the implementation of effective safety and health management systems (SHMS).

Success Impact:

Injury and Illness Rates Well Below National Average

The following chart reflects the Days Away, Restricted and Transfer (DART) rate for the first three years of the Partnership as it compares to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) national average for the construction industry. As shown below, the three-year average DART rate for the Partnership was 50 percent below the BLS average.

Following the renewal of the Partnership (Year 4: 2007) the DART rate continues to be well below the industry average. The aggregate DART rate during this year was 1.6 - almost 50 percent below the original established baseline.

KVBA Partnership DART Rates
KVBA Partnership DART Rates


Year 1: 2003


Year 2: 2004


Year 3: 2005/06


3-Year Avg.


BLS Industry National Average for Most Recent Year


Partnership Renewal
Year 4: 2007


BLS Industry National Average for Most Recent Year


Increased Safety and Health Training

At the end of the evaluation period (December 31, 2007), there were 21 participants in this Partnership. Over the duration of the past year, participants have offered approximately 14,000 hours to employees and supervisors. The training included OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses, first aid, and drug awareness. Of the 21 participants, nine have been recognized as "Level 2" participants due to developing and implementing outstanding, proactive, and effective SHMS.

Partnership Objectives:

The key objective of the Partnership is to maintain an aggregate DART rate for participants below the BLS national average for the construction industry through increased training and implementing effective safety and health management systems (SHMS).

Origin: Region III, Charleston Area Office
Partners: Kanawha Valley Builders Association, Agsten Construction, Air Systems, Sheet Metal, BBL Carlton, Brewer & Company, Brown Electric, C&L Construction, CIMCO, Cornerstone Interiors, David Darnold Company, Dougherty Company, ELCO Mechanical, G&G Builders, Harris Brothers Roofing, Maynard C. Smith, Neigborgall, Nitro Acoustics, Oval Construction, RC General Contractors, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal, W.V. Heating and Plumbing, Wiseman Construction
Partnership Signed: September 2000; renewal signed September 2004
Industry: Construction, NAICS Code 236115, 238210, 423850, 238610, 238310, 237990, 238160, SIC Code 1521, 1711, 5087, 1542, 1761, 1742, 8741, respectively
Employees: 1,000
Employers: 21
Source and Date: Submitted by Region III, Charleston Area Office / April 2008