Comark Buildings Systems Receives Top Marks for Safety

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Comark Building Systems, Inc. (http://www.comarkbuilding.com), a Carlyle Group Company, achieved top marks for safety when Comark’s corporate office reviewed the company’s year-end OSHA logs. In 2009, Comark worked over one million labor hours without a single loss-time injury at any of the three national manufacturing plants or project sites.

Our attention to safety is probably the best in the industry. We had to become the best in order to be able to meet the strict time-lines that these huge MILCON projects demanded. We couldn’t afford to have any time loss on the job from injury. We take safety seriously and I believe we now have a ‘safety culture’ within the company that has become second nature for everyone

Comark Building Systems, Inc. (http://www.comarkbuilding.com), a Carlyle Group Company, achieved top marks for safety when Comark’s corporate office reviewed the company’s year-end OSHA logs. In 2009, Comark worked over one million labor hours without a single loss-time injury at any of the three national manufacturing plants or project sites.

Comark has also reduced its ‘recordable injury incident rate’ and its ‘restricted duty incident rate’ by over 50% since 2006. Incident rates, based on the number of injuries for every 100 employees working 2000 hours per year, are important measurements of safety to OSHA. This safety statistic is also important to Comark customers, especially large general contractors who look for safety responsive project partners. Comark has consistently maintained a low ‘lost-time incident rate’ by preventing serious injuries. A strong return to work program is in place, as a support to employees and their families.

“Our attention to safety is probably the best in the industry. We had to become the best in order to be able to meet the strict time-lines that these huge MILCON projects demanded. We couldn’t afford to have any time loss on the job from injury. We take safety seriously and I believe we now have a ‘safety culture’ within the company that has become second nature for everyone,” states Don Martin, Comark Building Systems Chief Executive Officer.

A major factor in this significant safety improvement resulted from the substantial work Comark had with large MILCON projects in 2008-2009. Awarded multiple large projects to support the Army’s Transformation mandate, Comark constructed hundreds of thousands of square feet of modular buildings during this period specifically to support this initiative. This allowed Comark to work with some of the industry’s best contractors and under the strictest safety requirements, those defined by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Projects such as the LEED Certifiable 343,642 square foot Fort Bliss Barracks and the 260,000 square foot Fort Sill Barracks and the 72,870 square foot Fort Stryker Barracks were major parts of production across the company.

As a national manufacturer of modular buildings the strict safety checks and balances established from these large scale projects, both in factory and on-site, have enhanced safety within the company. The three manufacturing plants, located in North Carolina, Texas and California, have assimilated the safety processes that were established from these massive projects. Integrating weekly safety meetings and better safety training, along with a long punch list of facility and process improvements has resulted in a more consistent safety focus especially in operations, construction services and material management, areas that have the greatest opportunity for injury.

About Comark Building Systems
Comark Building Systems, Inc. (http://www.comarkbuilding.com), a Carlyle Group company (http://www.carlyle.com), Comark is a leading manufacturer of custom commercial modular buildings serving government, education and healthcare industries. Founded in 1989, Comark has grown from a small Southwestern company to a national direct-manufacturer, building several million square feet of custom modular building space each year. The company’s mission is to provide customers with a high level of building expertise and customer service.

Comark Building Systems, Inc., a Carlyle Company, 505 N. I-35 East, DeSoto, TX 75115    800-260-4007

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