Press Release: 05.08.2018

McCarthy Supports National Efforts to Heighten Construction Safety Awareness in May

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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s safest commercial construction companies, is once again supporting an industry-wide effort to raise awareness about construction safety. During the week of May 7-11, 2018, McCarthy is participating in two events to help bring greater attention to improving jobsite safety: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down and Safety Week 2018.

The OSHA National Safety Stand-Down was established to raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. According to OSHA, falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of injury for construction employees. Throughout the first full week in May, McCarthy jobsites and offices from coast to coast will be holding safety stand downs in addition to the firm’s regularly planned safety meetings. Further, OSHA has selected the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) project, currently under construction by the team of McCarthy and Mortenson Construction in Manhattan, Kan., as a featured project to visit during the week. National and regional OSHA representatives are scheduled to join the project team for a safety stand down and tour.

Safety is more than a program at McCarthy – it’s deeply embedded into our culture,” explained McCarthy Chairman and CEO Michael Bolen. “Our Total Project approach includes working to improve safety not only for our own employees and crews, but for trade partners, other general contractors and the industry as a whole. We’re honored that OSHA has decided to join our team for a safety stand down at the NBAF project, whose mission is centered around safety at its core.”

Along with participating in the OSHA National Safety Stand-Down, McCarthy is also a sponsor of Safety Week 2018. Created to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, Safety Week brings together the construction industry the first week of May and throughout the year to keep safety top of mind.

“In 2017, McCarthy reported the best safety year in our company’s 154-year history with the firm’s lowest Recordable Incident Rate and Total Project Recordable Incident rates,” continued Bolen. “But we can never lose focus. Nothing is more important than sending every team member home safely – every day on every project. Raising awareness through Safety Week events and ongoing communication across our industry is where this starts. We’re proud to join with the industry in this effort.”

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that spans all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with advanced technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 15th largest domestic general builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 3950 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

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