days without a
lost time accident
Gary joined the Koontz team in January 1999 as Project Safety Coordinator at CIBA Chemical Company Project in West Memphis, Arkansas. Following this assignment, he became Corporate Safety Director for Koontz Electric and maintains this position to this day. As Safety Director, Gary implements on site safety inspections, training, safety awards and incentives. He also deals directly with OSHA, MSHA, Bureau of Reclamation, Corps of Engineers, EPA and State Departments of Labor in complying with state and federal requirements.
Koontz Electric Company is committed to the Zero Accident Vision philosophy. We believe that nobody should be injured or killed in an accident.
We are human, and humans make mistakes, but erroneous actions should not result in injuries. This is one reason why safety should be emphasized in planning of any working environment. The Zero Accident Vision is based on the belief that all accidents are preventable, and therefore promoting the Zero Accident Vision is an important strategy for preventing workplace accidents.
Essential Elements of Our Safety Program include:
- Full time safety director
- Jobsite audits
- Drug Free Workplace Program
- MSHA Part 46 & 48
- OSHA 10 and 30 hour training
- New Hire Orientation
- Daily and weekly safety meetings
- First Aid/ CPR Training
- Confined Space Training
- Competent Person Training
- Lock Out / Tag Out
- ARC Flash Safety
- Fall Protection
- Substation Awareness Safety
- Power Safe T & D Training
- JHA Reports
- Four Year Apprentice to Journeyman
- Exothermic Safety
ABC’s Accredited Quality Contractor
20 Consecutive Years
Less than 5% of all 20,000 members pass the criteria established for this recognition. The Accredited Quality Contractor program was launched in 1993 to provide an accreditation program, which publicly recognizes and honors those construction firms, which have documented their commitment in four key areas of corporate responsibility: Safety, Employee Benefits, Training, and Community Relations.
ABC’s National Safety Excellence Merit Award 2004
The ABC National Safety Award recognizes companies whose safety performance and programs are exemplary. Awards are based on data submitted via STEP PLATINUM applications and interviews with companies' safety directors and owners. Award categories are based on total work-hours in a calendar year and standard industrial codes. Seven man-hour categories by the three standard industrial codes (SIC) of 15, 16 and 17 for 21 awards.
ABC’s STEP Platinum Award
17 Consecutive Years
Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. The Platinum is reserved for members who receive a “Gold” rating for two consecutive years. We are only one of a few ABC contractors in Arkansas to receive this award. ABC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, signed a partnership that recognizes the ABC Platinum Safety Program as a benchmark standard for safety. ABC Platinum level safety members will be recognized as the best of the best in safety by OSHA.
3 Years Without a Lost Day Away From Work
For Immediate Release
Koontz Electric Safety Award – 3 Years without a lost time accident or OSHA recordable - August 9, 2019
Koontz Electric celebrates another significant safety milestone achievement
3 years without an OSHA recordable or lost time accident as of August 9, 2019.
Proud to hold safety as a core value, our employee’s dedication and commitment produces these results.
We believe “Zero is Achievable”, proven by 3 years and 1,163,154 hours worked safely.
Congratulations and Thank You. Our Power is in our People
One Million hours worked without a recordable incident
Koontz Electric Safety Award
One Million hours worked without a recordable incident.
March 6, 2019
KOONTZ ELECTRIC COMPANY is excited to announce the achievement of a significant safety milestone, One Million hours worked without a recordable incident as classified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as of March 1, 2019. We are proud to hold safety as a core value, and celebrate this success.
This safety milestone is a direct result of our employees’ ongoing pursuit of safety excellence, and places KOONTZ ELECTRIC COMPANY in an elite group of contractors. Less than 60 contractors, one in ten thousand contractors nationwide, have accomplished this achievement in the past 30 years, according to the Zero Injury Institute. This performance level clearly validates our “Safety Excellence” and sets the best of the best performance standard for the 21st Century. Our Power is in Our People.
This achievement is also built on our safety leadership in nine key areas: Demonstrated management commitment, Employee Engagement, Education and specialized training, Staffing for safety, pre-Project and pre-Task Planning, Audits and Evaluation, Recognition and Reward, Accident/incident investigations, Drug and alcohol testing. We believe our Human Performance Tools are also a critical piece to safety performance.
”I would like to personally thank each of our employees for their dedication that has resulted in over a million work hours without a recordable injury,” says Dean Hoover, Executive Vice President and COO. “KOONTZ ELECTRIC COMPANY believes that our vision of a “Zero is Achievable” culture delivers a commitment to protect our most valuable asset, our people. We will continue to drive safety success to world class.”
“On behalf of the Executive Management, I would like to take this opportunity, to congratulate all our employees on this outstanding safety accomplishment. Behind this achievement stands a solid culture of safety with dedicated efforts that extend to all levels of the company, ultimately ensuring the safe completion of projects and the return of each of our employees to their families every night,” says Benny Koontz, President and CEO.