Bayley Construction Achieves START Status

Mercer Island construction firm recognized by L&I for safety excellence

Employees of Bayley Construction pose with L&I staff in an office, holding certificates.TUMWATER — Bayley Construction in Mercer Island has been recognized with a safety and health award from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for its exemplary safety and health prevention program at two worksites.

Bayley Construction is the first construction company — and only the sixth company in the state — to achieve recognition through the Safety through Achieving Recognition Together (START) program.

START recognizes workplaces with exemplary safety records that have shown a commitment to health and safety at work. It is modeled on a federal program.

Bayley Construction was awarded with START certification at its corporate office in Mercer Island and at its equipment yard in Bellevue.

"The goal of START is to showcase businesses with excellent safety and health programs as a way of encouraging other companies to improve their safety efforts," said Lynda Stoneberg, Consultation Program Manager for L&I's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). "We hope the companies who earn START certification will share their experiences with other employers who might have safety challenges."

To participate in the program, employers must have an injury rate below their industry's average for at least one year and allow safety and health experts to visit the worksite and review workplace hazards, examine safety and health programs, and interview workers and managers.

"We are really proud of this recognition as we always want to be the best that we can be, and safety goes right along with that," said Ron Bayley, Chairman and CEO.

L&I presented the certificate to the company at a special ceremony last month.

Bayley Construction has 75 employees at its Mercer Island headquarters, where it oversees company operations in three western states. At its equipment yard in Bellevue, employees are responsible for the mobilization and de-mobilization of project sites, inventory, tracking and maintenance of all hand and small tools as well as providing will-call services and pickup and delivery services for Washington project sites.

For more information on START, visit www.Lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/START or call 360-902-5735.

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