A Proactive Approach to Safety
MATT Construction’s approach to safety starts well ahead of each project. Proper hazard analysis is a core part of that strategy and what makes safety protocols so effective on MATT’s jobsites. On any given project, MATT Construction partners “with the project owner to go above and beyond Cal/OSHA requirements and ensure a safe and healthy environment – not only for construction personnel, but for neighbors in the surrounding community,” says Joe Gregorwich, MATT’s Director of Safety for the last 15 years. He adds that this attitude is no different from how MATT Construction runs as a whole – it’s about people, partnership and working towards everyone’s best interests.
Striving towards a zero-injury work environment is also part of the company’s proactive philosophy. Our excellent track record recently helped MATT to score an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) premium for base workers’ compensation of 0.59, the lowest possible rating. Low rates reflect high safety results and benefit everyone involved – on a recent $270 million project under an OCIP, MATT’s safety record prompted $7 million in client insurance refunds and garnered a Cal/OSHA Award for Excellence.
Coordinating and anticipating a project’s needs and scope during preconstruction and then regularly throughout all phases of the job means that MATT’s team takes nothing for granted. Working with subcontractors, owners and architects alike, the goal is team success. MATT superintendents are always on the jobsite working alongside subcontractors to adapt protocols as needed and ensure ongoing maximum safety standards. On every project, every week, the team holds site safety meetings to keep all parties up to speed. All MATT Construction employees must attend. Subcontractors are either invited or required to have their own safety meetings.
Awards & Recognition
Anticipating and mitigating hazards and risks has earned the company multiple awards. MATT Construction is proud to have earned the Golden Gate Award from Cal/OSHA for the Four Seasons Westlake Village Hotel and Spa, The Loop mixed use project, The Broad museum, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the 8th and Hope residential tower in downtown Los Angeles.
At the Waldorf Astoria jobsite, MATT designated a full-time safety manager to go above and beyond Cal/OSHA’s requirements. Because of our excellent safety standards, the team at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills additionally achieved SHARP recognition, an award we also received for The Broad. Cal/OSHA reserves this award for a handful of high-hazard employers who demonstrate exemplary health and safety management at a jobsite through regular compliance and reporting, with a strong commitment to ongoing oversight and planning ahead. The selection process includes a series of visits to the jobsite and a thorough review of safety documentation and record-keeping by Cal/OSHA consultation personnel.