Like most safety managers, Lance Murray tracks lagging indicators at Denver-based Mark Young Construction. But he finds limited use for data on incidents, injuries, and days away from work. “They’re really just identifiers of failure,” he says. Instead he prefers to focus on building a safety culture and tracking leading indicators, which he says are far more effective.
The strategy is working. In 2019 Mark Young Construction was named one of America’s Safest Companies by media brand EHS Today. A general contractor with 150 employees, the company consistently ranks among the top one percent of firms for safety, out of 55,000 Colorado businesses insured by Pinnacol Assurance.