Safety Management

Safety is our top to bottom priority.

You expect a safe atmosphere for everyone working in and around your project site. Cleveland’s TEAM SAFETY approach ensures it through project-specific training and by reinforcing safe practices to all managers, craft workers and subcontractors. As a result, our field superintendents are among the industry’s best safety managers, proactively preventing injuries.

But safety doesn’t stop there. We track safety performance and identify trends, allowing us to develop safety training sessions that help prevent potential incidences stemming from those trends.

Safety, Site by site.

Before anyone begins work, jobsite-specific safety training is mandatory. Cleveland employees are thoroughly informed of the particular construction site hazards, the equipment on hand for their protection, and the strategies used to work safely. An hour-long safety video provides training for general work activity as stipulated by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Each employee is then quizzed to ensure they paid close attention. Pencils up!


Through our Train the Trainer course, our managers become competent at identifying and correcting hazards so our workers and the general public are never exposed to them. Our onsite managers are then responsible for communicating safety standards to subcontractors and employees.

Subcontractor Safety.

Prior to performing any work, all subcontractors are required to view our video covering the safety policies and procedures enforced on all Cleveland jobsites.

Weekly toolbox talks.

We are always monitoring our projects in order to hold safety talks related to actual jobsite situations. At least once a week, our superintendents review jobsite specific safety topics at project coordination meetings with subcontractors and vendors. Timely “toolbox talks” are then arranged by our Safety Department and presented by Cleveland’s staff and field crew.

Job hazard analysis.

Each subcontractor is required to prepare a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) that covers their entire scope of work. Before work begins, every step related to a particular construction task is analyzed to identify potential hazards. This way, workers understand how to recognize them and mitigate them. Our superintendents are trained to lead productive JHA discussions with workers to ensure new and changing hazards are red-flagged and addressed.


This is an excerpt of Cleveland Construction, Inc.'s training video focusing on the importance of monitoring our construction sites to protect our workers and safeguard the general public. To view the complete video, please contact our Corporate Safety Director at 440-255-8000.

Safety supermen.

Cleveland superintendents participate in a two-day management development training session at our corporate office, twice a year. While the agenda includes a variety of policies and procedures, guest speakers, and management development, every seminar stresses safety compliance training with an emphasis on identifying and abating hazards.

Site-specific safety plans.

Here’s the part where we identify those atypical safety concerns as well as the party responsible for addressing them. Our electronic library (E-Binder) of safety data sheets covers every product we bring to our construction sites and keeps safety central to our plan.

View Cleveland Construction's SDS online binder

CPR/First Aid Training.

We provide third-party certified CPR/First Aid training to ensure our team is prepared to react to any situation.

ClickSafety online training courses.

Our managers take part in ClickSafety® eLearning…an OSHA-approved outreach training provider that delivers both the OSHA 10-Hour and OSHA 30-Hour safety training courses. These are great ways for our managers to refresh themselves on aspects of an upcoming job and be able to proactively update the site-specific safety plan.


Experience Modification Rate (EMR) was developed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance to calculate the cost of our worker’s compensation insurance premiums. This rating is used by insurance companies to evaluate a contractor’s future risk based on their loss experience for the previous three years, but not the immediate past year. The lower the EMR, the lower the worker compensation insurance premium will be. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average. A contractor’s EMR is not always the best indicator of a company’s safety program, but rather its relationship to dips in payrolls, state rate changes, and how an employer is managing reserves and claims.

We use various systems to ensure that our safety management and enforced programming will prevent injuries and property damage on every jobsite. These measures include in-depth safety orientations, weekly safety jobsite inspections (documented), daily jobsite hazard analysis, safety department site audits (documented), effective disciplinary action, ongoing safety management training, and more.

A safety manager may be dedicated to a project depending on the scope. On all projects, our onsite superintendents regularly conduct written safety inspections. Our Corporate Safety Department then reviews all inspections and tracks trending safety data. Our safety department will also make periodic visits to each jobsite as needed.

Yes, we have a Jobsite Safety Management Program that is reviewed and updated every year. Hard copies are located in each jobsite trailer along with a digital copy that is available on our network for referencing. Please contact Mitch DaDante to request a copy of our full Safety Management Program.

Yes, we hold safety-specific meetings twice a year. We also distribute monthly safety bulletins and conduct quarterly web conferences for field personnel and managers covering current safety trends and issues.

A Job Hazard Analysis is a written outline of each step of a specific trade, the potential hazards that may be encountered while performing, and the safeguards that must be set up to eliminate the hazard or protect each worker that may be exposed to the hazard.

Yes, all subcontractors working on a Cleveland Construction jobsite are required to prepare a Job Hazard Analysis to cover their entire scope of work. Cleveland Construction uses the Job Hazard Analysis as the core document to drive an analytical approach to maintaining a safe workplace.

Yes. We developed a safety orientation video that is required for all subcontractors to view before beginning their scope of work. The video is an overview of the safety policies and procedures that are enforced on our jobsites. You can view the video here.

Yes, our employees continually receive specialized training to develop the strongest project teams in the industry. View our Training and Development page to read about some of the training available to our employees.

Yes. Our Corporate Safety Department has a written procedure for conducting accident and incident investigations. All investigations are tracked and evaluated.

Yes. Our Corporate Safety Department reviews and distributes all accidents to Cleveland Construction upper level managers.

Our jobsite managers are all designated "Competent Persons" and are trained to identify and eliminate hazards to maintain a safe environment for not only construction workers, but the surrounding public as well. Our project team will evaluate any public safety measures that will need to be developed and monitored during the site specific safety review on your project.

Access control points are established on all project sites to protect the public from construction activity. These access points are gated and manned by a gatekeeper. All workers entering and exiting are checked in and out with a digital QR code scanner. We work diligently to ensure that every worker is accounted for and the public is safe from hazards, minimizing disruptions during the construction of your project.