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Safest Company in Nebraska Award Winner

May 15, 2023
Safest Company in Nebraska Award Winner

You wouldn’t think one more award would be meaningful to a company that has a wall of them in its lobby. But McKinnis Roofing and Sheet Metal’s latest win is a big one — a recognition that the entire organization is excited about. This 42+-year-old company is proud to be officially recognized as a Nebraska’s Safest Company by the National Safety Council.

McKinnis: Safest Company in Nebraska Award Winner

Safety is No Accident

Russ Campbell, Safety Director at McKinnis is pleased with all the awards the company has garnered, but there’s a special aspect to this win. “Safety has always been a priority for us and we’ve worked hard, doing everything we can to keep our employees safe through training and awareness,” he said. “Since day one, we’ve focused on “safety first”.

About The Award: Nebraska’s Safest Company

The Nebraska’s Safest Company Award was established to recognize and celebrate companies that make safety a priority and have a commendable safety program and impeccable safety records based on their industry and size.

Russ explains that submitting an application for the Safest Company Award requires thorough record-keeping and ongoing proactive safety efforts. Applicants are judged on three years of OSHA 300A logs and supporting safety program information, including policies and steps it takes to reduce on-the-job accidents. “Based on safety logs and our safety programs, we outscore the national average for safety in the construction/roofing industry. Plus, we received 129 points on our safety program scorecard, 50 points higher than the points required,” he said.

Russ has served as the Safety Director for McKinnis’ safety and training department for seven years. Before he assumed that position, he spent many years in the field. In other words, he knows the special challenges that come with keeping workers safe while on the job — an occupation that ranks exceptionally high in on-site accidents.

What McKinnis Employees Are Saying

We talked to some of our employees to hear their thoughts on why safety is so important at McKinnis. Here are a few of their comments:

“I appreciate that safety is always the top priority at McKinnis. It makes me feel valued and cared for as an employee.” – Mark Stava, Commercial Roofing Sales Executive

“As someone who has worked in the roofing industry for over 12 years, I know firsthand how dangerous it can be. That’s why it means so much to me to work for a company that takes safety seriously and invests in our training and equipment.” – Aaron Brock, Residential Roofing Superintendent

“As the Marketing and Events Coordinator at McKinnis, I’m proud to be part of a company that prioritizes safety in every department. It’s not just something that the production team or the installers think about – it’s a group effort to keep everyone safe, from marketing to reception. That’s why it’s so meaningful for us to win Nebraska’s Safest Company Award. It’s a recognition of the hard work and dedication that every single employee puts into making sure that safety is always top of mind. Starting meetings with reminders about safety is just one example of how we show that we’re all in this together and committed to keeping each other safe.” Kim Wessel, Marketing and Events Coordinator

“As a new employee at McKinnis, I was impressed by the emphasis on safety from day one. It made me feel confident that I had joined a company that truly cares about its employees and their well-being. The safety training and protocols that we receive are top-notch, and I feel empowered to be part of a team that prioritizes safety above all else.” Alexey Afanasiev, Commercial Sales Executive

Safest Company in Nebraska Award Winner - McKinnis

Our Commitment to Safety

Roofing is the third most dangerous industry in the country, behind logging (number one in risks) and hunting/fishing. According to the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the fatality rate in roofing is 13 times higher than the average. Other sources indicate that a roofer is 15 times more likely to end up as a fatality compared to someone employed in almost any other type of work.1

The Safest Company in Nebraska award confirms McKinnis’ commitment to safety, reassuring its workforce and customers that the company is serious about delivering an accident-free experience. McKinnis is so committed to safety that it begins every meeting with safety protocol messaging.

Bottom line: you can’t be too safe. And at the end of the workday, McKinnis knows its efforts are paying off when everyone makes it home to their families.

If you are interested in working for McKinnis, we are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. Feel free to check out our job openings.

1Source: Roofers Hurt or Killed on the Job: Why is Roofing So Dangerous and Deadly?


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