The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Ohio Valley has named Messer Construction Co. in Dayton the Safe Employer of the Year at its 15th Annual Construction Safety Day awards luncheon.  Regional Safety Manager Mike King accepted the award on behalf of the company at the Dayton Convention Center ceremony on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The Ohio Valley ABC also recognized Messer Carpenter Apprentice Jake Stanifer as Runner-Up for its Safe Employee of the Year award.

“Our focus is to set a vision for our Zero Injury culture, both with our employees and our subcontractors, and drive it in everything we do so that it becomes second nature,” said Kevin Cozart, Messer Construction Co. vice president and Dayton leader. “It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognized for it by the Ohio Valley ABC.”

Messer defines its Zero Injury culture as eliminating all injuries to people on or around its jobsites in greater Dayton. Leadership engagement, preplanning, training, and refining the internal communication plan in 2016 and 2017 created positive change in behavior by Messer employees and subcontractors. Results include:

  • Project Risk Assessments and Site-Specific Safety Plans completed on 100% of Messer’s projects

  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA) completed and reviewed for every Messer and subcontractor work activity

  • An Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of 0.58 in Ohio

  • A reduction in Messer’s Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 26% in 2016

“These milestones demonstrate how strategy coupled with standard company practices (including our Drug­Free Workplace with pre-employment, random and cause-based testing) keep us driving toward Zero Injury,” said King.

To ensure the longevity of the Zero Injury culture, Messer implemented Project Safety Management (PSM) to provide educational tools such as:

  • OSHA 10-hour classes in new hire on boarding

  • OSHA 30-hour training for all Craft leaders

  • Computer-based training modules for individual growth

  • Occupational Physicians to improve injured employee care

  • Follow-up on near misses or violations

  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned



About Messer Construction Co.
A local builder with national resources, Messer Construction Co. specializes in managing, developing and performing complex commercial construction in the Dayton community in which they live and work, and delivering value to their clients through quality construction experiences. Established in Dayton in 1999 and employee-owned, Messer’s track record of success can be traced to past and present local architectural icons and institutions that foster healing, learning, service, and innovation.