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Holly Construction Recognized as Stars in Workplace Safety & Health Excellence

Contact: Andrea Miller 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

July 31, 2014 - Holly Construction Company received the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program for Construction Star Award (MVPPC). The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

"Holly Construction is to be commended for their exemplary corporate commitment to workplace safety and health," said Stephanie Comai, LARA Deputy Director. "We're honored to recognize this company for their outstanding worker protections - while meeting the challenge of being economically competitive in today's global marketplace."

MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder presented the MVPPC Star Award to Larry Kramer, CEO, Holly Construction Company, who accepted on behalf of all employees.

The MVPPC program was created in 2009 to recognize construction companies with exemplary safety and health systems.

Holly provides construction, repair, and maintenance services to the petro/chemical industries. Construction services include new tank construction and process piping. Repair and maintenance services include industrial cleaning, aboveground storage tank repair/maintenance, and process piping.

The incidence rates for Holly Construction and its contract employees are well below the industry average for their NAICS code 237120 - Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction. Holly's total case incidence rate (TCIR) was 0.0 in 2009, 1.7 in 2010 and 0.0 in 2011, compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average of 1.8 in 2009, and 1.7 in 2010 and 1.3 2011. Their total days away/restricted cases (DART) rate was 0.0 in 2009, 1.7 in 2010 and 0.0 in 2011, compared to the BLS industry average of 1.0 in 2009, and 1.1 in 2010 and 0.7 in 2011.

The MIOSHA review team − Doug Kimmel, Team Leader and MVPP Specialist; Bryan Renaud, Construction Safety Consultant; Kristin Osterkamp, Senior Industrial Hygienist; and Jenelle Thelen, Senior Industrial Hygienist − examined each of the required elements of Holly's safety and health management system and the site-specific accident prevention program and found them to be consistent with the high quality required of MVPPC programs. The site meets the MVPPC requirements and the applicable MIOSHA standards are appropriately covered.

Holly Construction has three areas of excellence:

  • Fall protection: there is a requirement that conventional fall protection be used, even in cases where the state safety regulations may allow exceptions.
  • Occupational health care: maintaining a hearing conservation program that includes annual audiograms for all employees who have the potential for exposure to high noise levels.
  • Management commitment and involvement: owner/CEO Larry Kramer continues to be in the field regularly, observing and working alongside his employees.

Holly Construction Company has served the petro/chemical industry with industrial construction, repair, and maintenance services since its founding in 1972. The company, with headquarters in Belleville, Michigan, has three locations in the United States.

"National VPP sites experience 60 to 80 percent less lost work day injuries than would be expected of an average site in their industry," said Yoder. "Not only do the MVPP and MVPPC programs significantly reduce injuries and illnesses - they also have a tremendous impact on the bottom line."

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