Clayco Safe – Setting a New Standard
From day one, Clayco has set out to be the leader in the industry for jobsite safety. That strategy has taken on a life of its own in creating an entire “safety net” over all we do. At Clayco, every team member is part of creating a SAFE PLACE. To work, to work with, to do business and trusting us with our clients’ most mission critical building projects.
With an amazing EMR of .54 and jobsite data across a wide variety of matrix we have proven year after year that we walk the walk. SAFETY is OUR FIRST PRIORITY. In fact, Clayco is proud to be a member of the Region VII OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) which recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.
We take a proactive approach to safety management to provide our clients with projects that go incident free. Our own branded safety program, Clayco Safe, empowers all personnel on any job site to identify and correct hazards and at risk behaviors, reinforce safety compliance and execute the highest standard of safety procedures and practices.
At Clayco safety is not only important on the job but off the job as well. The Clayco safety motto of “Clayco Safe We Live By It” is one way we communicate that safety is 24/7.
Stretch & Flex Program
The goal of a company-sponsored, stretching program is to provide work-specific stretches to help our employees increase their overall flexibility and range-of-motion. These stretches will lengthen the muscle tissue making the muscles less prone to trauma, tears, and other types of injuries. A stretching program will also help muscles and tendons recover more quickly from job fatigue. It is a good idea to stretch before work activity, both at the beginning of a shift and after lunch breaks, at a minimum.
Clayco understands the need to recognize those working safely in the field.
Several methods of recognition are possible on a Clayco project, however, one of the key events is our annual Field Recognition safety event. All field workers are invited to attend a dinner and opportunity to receive some nice prizes. This event is held to show appreciation for the focus on safety all have made over the past year.
Best-In-Class Safety Program
As a result, our Experience Modification Rate, a rating system used by insurers to gauge risk of on-site injury, and our Total Injury Rate have beaten industry averages for the past nine years. We are continually improving our processes to enhance our zero injury culture preventing incidents through an organized safety and risk management approach that employs the following:
- Commitment from all levels that “No job is so important it cannot be done safely”
- A vision that ZERO injuries is possible, with an emphasis on proactive measures
- Web-based subcontractor prequalification selection process which includes a detailed safety review
- Creation of site specific safety plans to address the risks of each project
- Clayco specific safety orientation required for everyone working on the jobsite
- Daily pre-task safety planning process for all crews
- Robust communication and awareness processes if an incident occurs (Safety Alert and root cause analysis within 48 hours)
- A monthly safety metrics dashboard creating accountability at all levels
- Recognition for achieving significant safety milestones and injury free days/hours (Zero Heroes)
- Weekly, documented, high-quality jobsite safety inspections conducted by all levels of the organization
- Highly skilled and experienced safety professionals on staff to provide jobsite safety coordination
- Safety education and training goals for all Clayco employees
- Substance abuse testing programs for all employees
- O.S.E.L.T. (Organizational Safety and Excellence Leadership Team) comprised of all levels of management, from executive to field, with the common goal of safety excellence.
- Eye Protection: ANSI Z87 eye protection shall be worn at all times (including prescription eyewear). All grinding, saw cutting, and work involving flying particles shall require the use of a face shield, and either foam lined safety glasses or goggles.
- Head Protection: Hard hats are required at all times (including welding), except when in break areas or equipment cabs. Hard Hat Welding Hood Variances may only be obtained from Clayco.
- Hand Protection: Proper Gloves are required to be worn at all times (minimum ANSI cut level A3). Exceptions made only for tasks that physically cannot be performed while wearing gloves (i.e. threading small screws).
- Fall Protection: 100% Fall Protection is required on unguarded areas 6′ or higher.
- Pre Task Safety Analysis: Complete and sign the daily PTSA outlining the steps of the task, the hazards, and the controls.
- Safe Work Permitting & Inspections: Complete and obtain Clayco approval for Hot Work, Confined Space, Roof Work & Excavation Permits. Complete Equipment & Aerial Lift Inspections prior to operation.
- Verify Zero Enery: Verify that all energy sources are at zero before working on equipment.
Why I Work Safe
VP, Risk Management
Senior Project Manager
President & Shareholder
Senior Project Engineer
At CLAYCO, it’s been our culture from the very beginning to do more than build. To CREATE. To INNOVATE. And to do it with a holistic, intelligent balance of ART AND SCIENCE that’s unmatched anywhere.
In the process of creating and innovation, we tear down obstacles, old methods and outdated thinking, and we replace them with NEW IDEAS and TRANSFORMATIONAL SOLUTIONS.
We see our work through the EYES OF THE PEOPLE who will use them every day. Through their eyes, we see places of HEALING, NOURISHMENTS, PROGRESS, TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE, RESEARCH, INDUSTRY and ENTERTAINMENT.
The results? POWERFUL STRUCTURES with impacts that reach far BEYOND THESE WALLS.
Because it’s not about the walls we plan and the buildings we put up. It’s about the PEOPLE and their PURPOSE within them every day.
Without them, our walls have no purpose. And with them, our purpose has no limits. We build for a CURE… for a SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH… for a family that’s SAFE and HEALTHY… for a CLEANER WORLD… for a BETTER FUTURE.
That’s the ART AND SCIENCE OF BUILDING.
Our approach is very simple: treat others as we would want to be treated.
It means employing the best and brightest in our industry and embracing their passion, creativity and ideas—and arming them with the latest technology to help them do their jobs.
It means forging real partnerships with suppliers and subcontractors that start with better project management and fair bidding practices and extends to a zero-tolerance hard-hat policy, industry-leading safety practices and one of the first contractor-led insurance programs.
And it means thinking about the communities in which we build as our own—projects that enhance them, sustainability practices that reduce waste and programs that give back to the people that share them.
For clients, our approach has created a fully integrated real estate, architecture, design, engineering and construction model that brings clients creative solutions that help their businesses succeed, with rigorous project management and tight fiscal responsibility that delivers their projects on schedule, on budget, and above and beyond expectations.
It’s a model that’s special in our industry. Because it’s special, we’re able to pursue the best projects and be selective about where we apply our craft. The feedback? Repeat and referral business from our clients that will keep us growing and innovating for years to come.
That’s our design build construction approach.
And it’s what makes Clayco one of our clients’ most valued partners.
Empowering women both personally and professionally.
Our mission is to increase female leadership in the design, construction and real estate development industry. We connect, enable, and engage with women and communities across all areas of the industry to develop, impact and transform the culture from the inside out by investing in women.
Our guiding goals are to provide an environment that creates the opportunity for real connections that empower women both personally and professionally, build awareness and break down gender bias, and have a measurable impact on our projects, competitors, partners, clients, employees and communities.
The Clayco culture is built on building more than structures. We believe our projects are building communities, and that the jobs don’t stop when the projects open.
We partner with the communities in which we operate, and we’re in it for the long haul, giving time, energy, and resources to the projects and charities that can help build these communities. It is, and will always be, an important part of our identity. We’re working with nonprofit organizations to support education, the arts, medical research, disaster relief and opportunities for minorities, youth and the underprivileged.
The Clayco Foundation’s signature event in Chicago, is an all-sensory experience committed to raising funds to support research that could cure RVCL, a rare genetic disease, and save lives. Please visit www.illuminatechicago.com to learn more. All funds go to The John Atkinson Research Lab at Washington University.
The Clayco Team rides and supports Pedal the Cause because we all have seen what cancer does and we’ve seen victories and defeats along the way. We ride to help fund the most cutting edge research so it can to move forward.
Clayco is proud to sponsor Girls On The Run – St. Louis. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. The mission of Girls on the Run St. Louis is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. Our program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grades inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
CCDI – Construction Career Development Initiative
The Construction Career Development Initiative (CCDI) empowers students to build meaningful careers in dozens of construction industry fields.
Clayco is proud to support the efforts of CCDI, a non-profit organization that brings diversity to the design and construction industry by mentoring and exposing minority/underrepresented and under employed men and women to career development in construction in Chicago and St. Louis.
Sustainable Results for our Clients & Communities
Era of Purpose
Clayco is committed to meeting the needs of our employees, clients and future generations in a manner consistent with environmental responsibility. As a builder and modeler of the built environment, we believe it is our duty to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources of the communities we serve.
Clayco’s Sustainable Commitment
Clayco is fully committed to meet the needs of our employees, clients and future generations in a manner consistent with environmental responsibility. As a builder and modeler of the built environment, we believe it is both good business practice and our duty to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources of the communities we serve. In keeping with this belief, it is our policy to conduct our business in an environmentally responsible manner that protects the public, our employees, and the earth that we all share in a comprehensive and transparent manner.
Clayco is consistently ranked one of the top Green builders in the United States
Since day one, sustainable design and construction practices have been an important responsibility that we’ve implemented into all of our projects. Sustainable building practices that we typically employ on all projects include: site selection principles, high performance building design, use of sustainable building materials and sustainable construction practices.
We have 100 LEED accredited professionals on staff, along with 4 WELL accredited professionals
We proactively require rigorous in-house training for all employees in USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating Systems. We’ve established formal green building procedures to capture the maximum benefits of building green in every step of the building process. The latest technologies, including Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and energy modeling software are used in evaluating building performance and systems in order to maximize performance with cost effective, full life cycle solutions. We assist owners to make wise decisions to meet a project’s sustainability goals.
VDC and BIM
Virtual Design and Construction
Our visionary approach toward the implementation and use of digital technology has enabled us to be at the forefront of today’s ever changing and competitive marketplace. For Clayco, this vision revolves around our ability to fuse the most advanced virtual design and construction processes with our talent. Our ability to integrate Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design Construction (VDC) practices into our processes ensures that we deliver a design-build experience that is second to none. Clayco’s Virtual Design and Construction Services include: VDC Project Delivery Plan, Visualization, Building Performance Modeling, Preconstruction Coordination, Model Derived “Location-Based” Scheduling, Real-Time Estimating, and Training.
Our integrated project delivery approach is reflected through our belief that collaboration, quality, technology and safety are paradigms of a progressive design-build company. Our capability and proven track record of over 10 million-square-feet of BIM projects delivered exceeds the established industry standards and is emphasized via our integrated practice.
VDC is a natural fit for Clayco and an extension of our commitment towards our clients and overall business excellence.
For more on how VDC influences the building process, read our innovation story This is Technology.
Technical Assurance Group (TAG)
Our Technical Assurance Group (TAG) is an asset that is unique to the industry. Our skilled, experienced and innovative TAG team supports all of our business units and projects by meticulously formulating and testing design solutions, ensuring our design and construction process is of the utmost quality.
Preconstruction Services: MEP/FP Scope Review, MEP/FP Project Basis of Design Development, and MEP/FP Estimating and Bidding
Design Phase: Peer Reviews of Design and Construction Documentation, Energy Modeling, and LEED Scorecard
Construction Phase: On-site QA/QC Inspections of Critical Building Components, Shop Drawing Review of Critical Building Components, On-site MEP/FP Construction Observation and Verification, LEED Activity Monitoring
Close-Out Phase: MEP/FP Start-Up, Fundamental Commissioning or Enhanced CX, On-site MEP/FP Construction Observation and Verification, LEED Submission
In addition to observation related to specific scopes of work, TAG architects and engineers periodically visit the jobsite for general observation of the construction progress and installed building components. This extra level of scrutiny assists the field team in recognizing and addressing construction issues early in the schedule, which reduces the possibility of costly repairs or adjustments later in the process. This saves our valuable clients time and money while ensuring they end up with a one of a kind building they can rely on.