Roncelli, Inc., of Sterling Heights Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety and Health Record

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Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

October 21, 2011 - Roncelli, Inc., of Sterling Heights received the CET Platinum Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for an outstanding safety and health record. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan. Only about four percent of Michigan's workforce is employed in construction, however, construction fatalities account for nearly 40 percent of all fatal workplace accidents.

Roncelli has gone more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost-time accident. Their safety motto is:  "Zero tolerance of unsafe behavior and actions."

"It is a distinct honor to present the CET Platinum Award to Roncelli employees and management," said LARA Deputy Director Steve Arwood. "Your record of 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident in the construction industry is an astounding success. Your commitment is proof that focusing on safety up front is a sound business decision."

MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski presented the award to Roncelli's Chairman Gary Roncelli, President Tom Wickersham and Executive Vice President David Roncelli during an award ceremony at the company's Sterling Heights headquarters. Employees, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, Michigan State Representative Marilyn Lane and guests celebrated the award ceremony with a luncheon in recognition of the company's success.

"We are proud of our safety record and accept this MIOSHA CET Platinum award on behalf of all the men and women on Roncelli project sites who each and every day are committed to ensuring that our projects are free from recognized hazards and unsafe acts or behaviors, said Wickersham.

The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The CET Platinum Award recognizes an outstanding safety record of 250,000 - 7,500,000 continuous hours worked without days away from work based on the employer's size and type of business.

Besides going more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost-time accident, the company has completed the following criteria to receive the CET Platinum Award:

  • Reduced their injury/illness incident rate by more than 50 percent within the last three calendar years;
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system;
  • Established a safety and health committee, with both employee and management participation;
  • Developed an employee training system, with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner; and
  • Worked diligently to change their workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety.

The facility has worked with the MIOSHA CET Division over several years, and CET Construction Safety Consultant Bryan Renaud performed a hazard survey on site, which is a part of the award process. The survey allowed them an opportunity to conduct a walk through with a MIOSHA representative and correct any problem areas that were noted.

The Roncelli safety program governs the activities of all personnel employed in any capacity on Roncelli projects and is dedicated to the goal of providing work environments free from recognized hazards and unsafe acts or behaviors. Insurance companies, safety organizations, and their clients, frequently recognize Roncelli for safety results that are consistently superior to the industry standards.

"Companies that establish an integrated safety and health program reap the benefits of significantly reducing their injury and illness rates," said Kalinowski. "Reducing these rates not only protects employees - it has a healthy impact on a company's bottom line."

Established in 1966, Roncelli is a privately owned construction company with ongoing operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico delivering benchmark-setting, award winning design, construction, and facility management solutions to its select customer base. Today focused on Healthcare, Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional markets, Roncelli offers flexible and innovative solutions that deliver industry leading results that meet its client's challenging program requirements.

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