What is the CHASE Program?
The Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) program began in 2003 as a partnership between the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MN OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota. The program is designed to recognize AGC member contractors for their safety programs and performance. Bituminous Roadways (BR) was the third overall construction company to join the CHASE program in 2004. Just this year, BR became the first ever “Asphalt Contractor” to achieve CHASE Level 3 status.
The CHASE program partners with MN OSHA to ensure jobsites and contractors are using best practices when performing construction projects. Any hazards found on jobsites are recognized and corrected to ensure the safety of the employees. Incident rates for CHASE participants in 2017 were 2.54, which was 60.6% safer then MN Construction industry average, which was 5.0. In 2018, CHASE participants were down to an astounding 1.97 for their total injury illness rate! (MN Construction rates are not yet available). In the Highway/heavy category, CHASE members had an incident rate of 1.83 in 2018. This translates to 62.65% safer then MN construction industry average.
BR is committed to keeping our workforce safe. We are continually improving and updating our safety precautions and standards to ensure our employees go home safely at night. This is demonstrated in our 15 committed years to the CHASE program, in which we have consistently been awarded CHASE level 2 status. Moving into 2020, the company will be applying for more CHASE level 3 projects to continually improve the safety program.
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For more than 70 years, BR has made safety a priority and we continue to do so today. From our operations and field employees to our project managers and office staff, safety is a priority. If you would like to work with a safety conscious asphalt contractor on your next paving project, please contact us at 651-686-7001 or complete a Request A Consultation form