Mercy Health recently hosted a Safety Appreciation luncheon sponsored by The Christman Company for nearly 300 workers from all sub-contractor trades on the site of the new, $271M medical center in Muskegon. The event served as a chance for Mercy Health leaders to thank the construction employees for over 350,000 man-hours of work to date with no lost-time incidents due to accidents or injury. This is a significant safety milestone and one that helps build the culture of safety for everyone participating in the new medical center development.
Lon Morrisson, senior director of facilities and project management for Mercy Health Muskegon shared that, “This safety effort is very important to our organization and is at the center of what we do. Mercy Health has organizational daily safety huddles to review any and all potential safety issues, and hardly a day goes by when a construction-related issue is reported. So, it is impressive when I share this safety achievement with the Mercy Health team.”
According to the Michigan Occupational Health & Safety Administration (MIOSHA), construction-related injuries and deaths have finally started to decrease. This is due in part, to employers emphasizing the importance of workplace safety. Last year, MIOSHA began offering free safety training to workers in high-hazard areas – such as large construction sites like the new medical center project. Bart Pickleman, MIOSHA director said, “I urge all employers and employees to take every safety measure and precaution when working at higher elevations, and be alert for any hazards.”
The Mercy Health new medical center project is nearly 40% complete, with the opening of the Emergency Department and operating rooms as the next significant milestones – both slated for early fall 2018.
The full, 10-story medical center opening is scheduled for late summer 2019. For more information on the project, please visit www.buildingmercyhealth.com