October 26, 2010 – Keeping safety top of mind has paid off for KS Associates. For the fifth consecutive year, KS has received the 100% Award from The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Safety Council for reporting no lost-time injuries for the entire year. A lost-time injury is defined as a work-related injury or illness where the affected person is unable to complete the next shift.
And, new for KS this year is the Special Award, given to companies that reach the 500,000 mark for the number of injury-free hours worked. This includes full- and part-time workers, as well as overtime hours worked.
According to Tony Gallo, director of the Chamber’s Safety Council, "It is impressive when a company like KS maintains such a longstanding excellent safety record, considering the size of their Survey Group and the number of employees who work in the field. Although accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, field personnel are at a greater risk for work-related injuries than office personnel. It’s apparent that KS’s safety program is fulfilling its goal of keeping people out of harm’s way."
KS maintains a rigorous Safety Program for all employees. The firm publishes its own Health and Safety Field Manual that offers ways to mitigate job-site hazards involving working in or near confined spaces, traffic, roadways, airports and railroads. The program also addresses office-related safety issues — from how to manage emergency situations (the company has installed and has provided training on the use of an Automated External Defibrillator) to common-sense health and wellness issues, such as seasonal safety tips and reminders.
According to Amanda Clancy, KS human resource manager, "Employees are our number one asset. Keeping them safe, health and happy ultimately allows us to serve our clients in the best possible manner. Safety is, and will continue to be, one of the firm’s top priorities."