Safety is No Accident at Turman Commercial Painters - National Company Achieves Rare Safety Milestone

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Picture painters 50 - 80 feet high fastened to towering boom and scissor lifts; atop scaffolding layered up the side of high-rise office buildings; on roof tops creating football field size painted signs; or deftly working around occupants at busy retail and hospitality sites - and this feat becomes all the more remarkable. Oregon Commercial Painters the Pacific Northwest affiliate of Turman Commercial Painters, just accomplished something almost unheard of in the construction business - 365 days accident free.

Turman Commercial Painters announced today that its Pacific Northwest affiliate Oregon Commercial Painters achieved a rare safety landmark - 365 days accident free. As Turman's professional painters can be found several stories high attached to towering boom or scissor lifts; connected to scaffolding layered up the side of towering high-rise office buildings; on football field size roof tops creating building top signage; or deftly avoiding occupants at busy retail and hospitality sites - this accomplishment is extraordinary.

Turman Commercial Painters along with its affiliates Oregon Commercial Painters and Washington Commercial Painters constitute the largest solely-owned, national commercial painters in the US. According to Dave Theobald, President and CEO of Turman Commercial Painters, "the safety of our jobsites and our employees has always been a company priority. Contrary to considering safety a cost item, we view money spent on safety training as an investment in the health and well being of our employees and the quality, efficiency and profitability of our company."

The company's training programs include partnering with industry organizations like the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) to promote and train on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The following types of training helped the company achieve its banner, accident-free year:

  •      All company foremen are CPR/First Aid Certified and many of the foremen and commercial painters are trained in either OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 safety standards.
  •     All field employees receive regular retraining in fall protection, ladder safety, scaffold use, and other topics that promote safety.
  •     Most of the field employees are Boom Lift Certified, Scissor Lift Certified and Scaffold Certified.
  •     Every new employee is required to take a physical, drug test, and a respirator fit test before being hired.
  •     The company developed an Injury Illness Protection Program specifically to target the needs of commercial painters.

Corporate workplace safety expert Rodney Grieve of Branta Worldwide, Inc., says "Workplace safety is a result of focused leadership, just the same as profitability, quality and customer satisfaction are the results of focused leadership. An incident-free year is impressive and means their organizational leaders have successfully created a culture that emphasizes safety and quality".

According to Dave Theobald, "We are proud of this significant accomplishment by Oregon Commercial Painters. Safety is a priority for us because that translates to doing the right thing for both our employees and our clients."

About Turman Commercial Painters. - Turman Commercial Painters and its affiliates are the only solely owned commercial painters providing service across the United States. Turman Commercial Painters was founded in 1972 based on the premise of doing the right thing. Company President and CEO Dave Theobald, leads the organization with a commitment to customer service, quality and integrity. Turman Commercial Painters and its affiliates provide commercial painting nationwide on rebrand, tenant improvement, retail, medical, hospitality and restoration projects, through multiple offices across the country. For more information see: or


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