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Oct. 29, 1999

Governor, others laud MSI Construction for workplace safety record

Gov. Gary Locke is among the state officials praising MSI Construction, Inc. of Yakima for going more than eight years without a workplace accident that resulted in an employee losing time off the job.

MSI Construction received a "Meritorious Achievement Award" from the state Department of Labor & Industries. The firm earned the honor for 194,000 work hours since 1991 without an accident serious enough to force an employee off the job.

State officials signing the award to MSI Construction included Gov. Locke; Gary Moore, director of Labor & Industries; and Monty Paradis, a regional administrator in central Washington for Labor & Industries. The department manages the workers' compensation system.

"An employer who goes eight years with this kind of record is to be commended," Moore said. "It represents an uncommon commitment to protecting workers."

MSI Construction is owned by three brothers: Bill Kloster, president; Jim Kloster, treasurer; and Thomas Kloster, vice president. They began the firm in 1989.

Bill Kloster said the firm's extraordinary safety record over the last eight years is a good start.

"This is only a beginning," he said. "We want to have many more hours without an employee losing time off the job."

Key elements of the firm's safety planning include:

  • Safety meetings every Monday morning, either at a job site or the company office.
  • A monthly safety luncheon for employees.
  • Subcontractors may not do business with MSI Construction unless they also attend the safety meetings.

The firm's safety history is 40 percent better than other companies in its industry, according to Labor & Industries. This saves the company thousands of dollars annually in premium payments for workers' compensation coverage for its employees.

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