Company: Stiles Construction
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
NAICS Code: 236116, New Multifamily Housing Construction (except For-Sale Builders)
Employees: 25 On-Site/ 250 Corporate Wide
Stiles Construction is a privately held company that provides many different types of construction services. They specialize in high-rise residential, mixed use residential, car dealerships, parking garages, supermarkets, and municipal work just to name a few. Stiles Construction is a part of Stiles Corporation, a full-service commercial real estate firm with a clear mission: Invest. Build. Manage. Stiles services include development, construction, tenant project management, brokerage, property management, architecture, asset management, acquisitions and financing.
Stiles Construction has been working closely with USF SafetyFlorida to conduct on-site safety consultation visits for several years on multiple projects. Due to Stiles’ construction project success, USF SafetyFlorida encouraged Stiles to apply for the SHARP Award Program.
It’s clear that Stiles Construction upper management has placed great emphasis on safety by putting together an experienced and dedicated safety team. They strive for growth and the betterment of their safety culture; not only within the Stiles organization, but also among their subcontractors. Stiles remains proactive in working with their subcontractors to expand safety training and occupational hazard awareness to working personnel across all projects. They believe in empowering each and every employee to remain proactive in educating one another and having the ability to stop work at any time in the event that a potential hazard presents itself.
The consultation program from the University of South Florida (USF) identified a few small floor openings, as well as a few chemical products that contained illegible GHS symbols. All hazards were promptly addressed and corrected on-site.
The noted floor openings were immediately covered and secured. The two (2) products that contained unreadable GHS symbols consisted of a PVC primer and cement. The GHS symbols were inadvertently covered-up when tape was applied to attach the two cans of product together. The solution was to use transparent tape to ensure the GHS symbols remain visible at all times.
One major business practice that changed after the first consultation visit was the implementation of employee training. Stiles Construction increased its on-site training in disciplines such as rigging, aerial lifts, P.I.T., fall protection, and signaling.
From the time that Stiles Construction and the Residence of Las Olas team began working with the consultation program, illness and injury rates have progressively decreased. During the last 6 months of the project from January 1, 2019 to present, the injury and illness rate has been zero. This is due to an entire team effort from upper management to the hands-on employees in the field. There is no doubt that the safety culture has not only grown but has expanded to other Stiles projects.
While Stiles already had a pre-existing safety program in place, there was limited focus on the production of projects. Now, not only is the construction personnel focused on production, but they also place an equal amount of emphasis on workplace safety and health, demonstrating that with the appropriate preparation, both safety and production are achievable simultaneously.
News of the success and achievements of the ROLO project has spread to other Stiles projects and to their South Florida competitors. They have become increasingly aware of their successful zero-incident rate. Becoming a member of the SHARP program helps to reinforce a positive safety culture, and additionally lends to a lower experience modification rate (EMR) to reduce insurance premiums.
“The knowledge and expertise provided by USF personnel has proven invaluable. Our experience with USF SafetyFlorida has been nothing short of positive. In fact, on-site consultation has been fully integrated into our Safety and Health Management approach. I would definitely recommend this service to small and medium sized businesses operating in high hazard industries within the State of Florida,” said Ian Schwartz, Vice President of Operations, Stiles Construction.