UMEC wins ninth 1st place national safety award

UMEC’s commitment to safety is part of a multi-tiered, integrated approach that includes a Zero Accident program as well as a host of supporting initiatives, such as the "Be There For Life" program.

TEMPE, ARIZ. — University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors Inc. here has been recognized for the ninth time since 2000 with a national 1st Place Safety Excellence Award for exemplary safety practices and performance from the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association. The award was presented for best safety and health record within the 500,000+ man-hours worked category, the highest level attainable. The company’s occupational safety and health performance has resulted in more than seven million man-hours worked without a lost-time accident over an eight-year period.

A leading full-service mechanical contracting company in the Southwest, UMEC is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group Inc.

“Whereas University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors’ seven million man-hours worked without a lost–time accident over eight years, and its nine 1st place national safety awards from SMACNA since 2000 are very impressive, what’s most important and what drives those results is that every single person at UMEC rededicates him and herself each and every day to working safely and staying healthy,” said Brad Thornton, president and CEO, UMEC. “Sustaining this level of commitment requires constant vigilance. We are thankful for the safety of our team, loyalty of our clients, and hope that we continue to be deserving of this recognition each and every year.”

UMEC’s commitment to safety is part of a multi-tiered, integrated approach that includes a Zero Accident program as well as a host of supporting initiatives, such as the "Be There For Life" program. This EMCOR effort is designed to educate its employees and their families about the importance of safety through the use of workplace posters, company newsletters, mailings, and a number of other creative tactics intended to instill the conviction that every accident is preventable. EMCOR also conducts regional "Target Zero" safety conferences, bringing together industry experts from its operating companies and partners to share information and successful strategies.

University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors Inc. in Arizona is a full service mechanical contractor serving the southwestern U.S. The company designs, builds and commissions mechanical systems, including HVAC, plumbing and piping systems, for commercial, institutional, high tech, industrial and military clients. UMEC also specializes in the installation of sophisticated process piping and high-purity piping for the semi-conductor and pharmaceutical industries, and medical gas systems for the health care industry.

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