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Willis and AGC:
Partners in Safety
CSEA AWARDS PROGRAM MAKES CONTRACTORS
BY JAMIE IVES
IF YOU HAVE EVER SAT ON a three-legged
stool, you have a good understanding
of what Mike Fredebeil means when he
talks about the balance required in a
triangle of success.
Fredebeil is a certiﬁed safety professional with Willis, the largest construction insurance broker in the world. He
has spent the last 28 years as a safety
professional and is the national resource
person for 28 full-time Willis construction safety professionals. You might say
he knows safety.
He also knows the costs and beneﬁts
of safety. On construction projects, safety,
productivity, and quality are equal. "You
can't have two without the other one,"
says Fredebeil. To his mind, safety is an
integrated part of a successful project -
and goes beyond employee protection.
"Safety reduces losses. Owners more
and more want a good public image,"
says Fredebeil. "They do not want to be
associated with bad news of any kind, but
especially accidents that relate to safety."
A BETTER WAY TO
On average, 2 percent of the cost of
construction is the cost of insurance. In
this light, the cost to build is directly
related to loss history. Companies with
a good safety record pay less insurance
and have a competitive advantage.
"On their projects, many contractors have a large deductible such as
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$500,000. This means that all losses up
to that level are paid by the contractor.
A good safety management system will
keep these costs low," says Fredebeil.
THE BENEFITS OF APPLICATION
Willis and AGC are partners in safety.
The annual CSEA judging process and
awards ceremony showcases safety management systems. Says Fredebeil, "Its goal
is to make contractors better contractors,
prevent disabling injuries, reduce insurance risks, substantially lower project
costs, and create a competitive advantage
in tight market conditions."
"Win or lose, companies that participate in the awards process ﬁ nd ways
to reduce direct and indirect insurance
costs. Moreover, they gain national
recognition amongst future clients,"
HOW TO APPLY
The cost of applying is low: $250.
Completion of the form takes roughly
eight hours. If you need help or advice,
a phone call to your local or national
AGC reps will move your application
process along nicely. The ﬁ gures you
need, such as OSHA numbers, are readily available.
The awards are open to all AGC members. CSEA was initially established to
help small contractors become better
contractors. Small companies do not
compete against large ﬁ rms. Companies
compete in the category that best ﬁts
their size and in the grand prize judging - everyone is equal.
The judging begins at the local level,
usually in the fall. Applications are
reviewed; categories selected and then
it's off to the national ofﬁce in Arlington,
Va. In January, preliminary judging
takes place at the AGC Safety & Health
Committee meeting. Final judging occurs
at the AGC Annual Convention, which is
usually in March.
Winners in each category are eligible
to compete for the grand prize, or Best
of the Best award. Companies have ﬁve
minutes for their presentation. This is followed by a 10-minute question period on
the presentation by a panel of ﬁve judges.
Presentations start on Saturday and end
on Tuesday. The winners are announced
Wednesday at the awards breakfast.
WHAT DO THE JUDGES
LIKE TO SEE?
"In your oral presentation, don't repeat
your written presentation," advises
Fredebeil. "A well thought-out presentation is a good start, but presenters need
to convince the judges of their sincerity. It has to have a feeling of sincerity
or authenticity. Judges need to be convinced that safety is part of the DNA of
We encourage all AGC members to be
part of the CSEA. Those that apply are
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