Lakewood Construction, MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers During Caledonia High School Project

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December 17, 2015 – Lakewood Construction, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) recently signed a formal partnership with the goal of zero worker injuries, accidents and near misses during the construction of the new Caledonia High School South Campus building.MIOSHA Lakewood Construction Partnership Group Photo

The new building is a two-story, 117,000 square foot facility that will enable the district to maximize its resources and provide students with a greater variety of courses in both buildings. Construction of the $28 million building officially began in November 2015 and will be completed by the start of the fall 2017 school year.

Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Director, Signs Lakewood Construction and MIOSHA Partnership“MIOSHA commends Lakewood Construction for demonstrating superior standards of worker safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “The agency is proud to enter into a new partnership that provides the utmost level of worker protections on this construction project.”

Signing partners included Yoder; Lakewood Construction’s Robert J. McFarlane, LEED AP, Vice President; Caledonia Community Schools’ Gary Delger, Director of Operations; and partnering employers.

“Lakewood Construction and partners are excited to enter into a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with MIOSHA to deliver a heightened level of safety for construction of the building,” said Robert McFarlane, Lakewood Construction Vice President and Director of Safety. “This is an incredible opportunity for all the players on this project to elevate their attention to safety, show our community we take it seriously, and furthermore, demonstrate construction is a safe industry to work in.”

Architectural Glass & Metal


Bareman & Associates

Lite Load Services

BCI Construction

Metal Tech Building Specialists

Beuschel Sales, Inc.

Modern Roofing, Inc.

Brainard Enterprises

Overhead Door Company of Grand Rapids, Inc.

Brigade Fire Protection

Partition Systems, Inc.

Burgess Concrete Construction, Inc.

Pioneer, Inc.

Burgess Surveying

Premier Caulking, Inc.

Cascade Cement Contracting, Inc.

Professional Service Industries

Circuit Electric

Sahr Building Supply

Control Solutions, Inc.

Specialty Metal Fabricators

DHE Plumbing & Mechanical

Stafford-Smith, Inc.

Great Lakes Flooring Company, Inc.

Stonecreek Interior Systems, LLC

Harder & Warner, Inc.

StresCore, Inc.


The Bouma Corporation

Interkal, LLC

Town & Country Group

JK Masonry, Inc.

Van Dellen Steel

Kentwood Excavating

Vork Brothers Painting

Kuhn Specialty Flooring

Thyssen Krupp

The partnership outlines a clear safety objective and provides analytics to help all parties improve their safety awareness with the ultimate goal of zero recordable injuries and ensuring everyone returns home in the same condition they came to work in. 

The safety of the construction project’s employees is fundamental to this partnership with MIOSHA. The leadership of Lakewood Construction, partnering contractors, LARA and MIOSHA are aligned and committed to achieving the objective of worker protection by providing a workplace with an effective safety management system that is hazard-free. All partners agree to commit their leadership, time and resources to achieve this valuable goal.

Partnering employers include:

Key elements of the site-specific safety and health program for reconstruction include:

  • 100 percent personal protective equipment.
  • Mandatory attendance to a project safety orientation. 
  • All crane operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO) as recognized by National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and other recognized certification agencies. 
  • Mandatory pre-work substance abuse testing.
  • Mandatory post-accident substance abuse testing.
  • Pre-task plans are to be completed prior to shift and used to document any changing conditions.
  • Contractors shall provide a competent and/or qualified person for work operations as identified by a MIOSHA standards and/or Lakewood Construction.  
  • Lakewood Construction and the partnering employers on this project will uniformly enforce a disciplinary action plan for employees who fail to work in a safe manner. Automatic dismissal from this project shall result from any willful or deliberate violation of safety rules or safety policies and procedures.

“Our employees are our most valuable resource,” McFarlane said. “It’s our responsibility to provide a safe work environment for everyone. Simply stated, ‘Safety First. No Excuses.’ ”  

The partnership does not preclude MIOSHA from enforcing its mission of addressing complaints, fatalities, or serious accidents, nor does it infringe on the rights of employees to report workplace hazards.

Lakewood Construction was founded in 1971 as a general contracting company specializing in commercial and industrial projects. Today, Lakewood services include construction and project management, design/build, and real estate development services for educational, health care, commercial, and industrial clients throughout West Michigan. Lakewood is a West Michigan 101 Best and Brightest Company To Work For and is consistently an Associated Builders and Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter Excellence in Construction award winning firm. For more information, visit

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