University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc. (UMEC) in Tempe, Arizona has been recognized for the 10th time since 2000 with a national 1st Place Safety Excellence Award for exemplary safety practices and performance from the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA).  The award was presented for best safety and health record within the 400,000-500,000 man-hours worked category. The company’s occupational safety and health performance has resulted in 8,083,704 man-hours worked without a lost-time accident over a 9+ year period.

A leading full-service mechanical contracting company in the Southwest, UMEC is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc. a Fortune 500® leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services for a diverse range of businesses.

“University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors’ exemplary safety record over the past 15 years has been the result of hard work and commitment on the part of every member of our organization,” stated Brad Thornton, President & CEO, UMEC.  “Sustaining this level of dedication requires constant vigilance.  We are thankful for the safety of our team and loyalty of our clients, and hope that we continue to be deserving of this recognition each and every year.”

UMEC’s commitment to safety is part of a multi-tiered, integrated approach that includes a Be There For Life – Zero Injury Program as well as a host of supporting initiatives, such as the employee focused “Be Vigilant” campaign.  This effort on the part of EMCOR is designed to educate its employees and their families about the importance of safety through the use of workplace posters, company newsletters, good work practice mailings, and a number of other creative tactics intended to instill the conviction that every injury is preventable. EMCOR also hosts regional safety forums, bringing together industry experts from its operating companies and partners to share information and successful strategies.