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BZI’s SteelTech Academy Graduates Highlight How the Company’s Safety and Construction Training Saves Lives and Encourages Career Advancement.
Training and safety culture leads to higher safety on job sites, team performance and team member satisfaction
KANARRAVILLE, UTAH — (November 1, 2022) – Building Zone Industries, LLC, (BZI) (www.bzisteel.com), a national leader in construction and technology for safer, simpler and more efficient building processes, announced today that the company’s exclusive SteelTech Academy, LLC training institute is proving to have a positive impact on safety and career advancement for its graduates. The company also announced that its academy’s instructional and safety programs have resulted in more than 4,800 certifications, since opening its doors in 2019, and is gaining recognition as a valuable training resource from other companies in the construction industry.
“We identified some of the top industry training areas, that if addressed by our SteelTech Academy, could avert catastrophic outcomes, injury and improve team efficiencies,” said James Barlow, CEO at BZI. “Our approach with SteelTech Academy is unique in our industry and it’s rewarding to witness the positive outcomes resulting from our specialized training.”
Established in 2019, BZI’s SteelTech Academy, led by Chief Safety & Quality Control Officer Justin Barlow, provides in-depth training of advanced technical skills and safety processes, as well as how to best operate as an efficient and safe team. All BZI team members attend the two-week training, safety and education program. SteelTech Academy’s curriculum offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience, including OSHA-authorized instructors, classes, hands-on instruction, on-site training and certifications covering such subjects as:
- Fire Watch Safety
- Working with Steel
- Personal Health/Safety /Zero Substance Abuse
- Preparing the job site
- Equipment operation
- Team Safety Culture
- Safe Operations of BZI Equipment Innovations
Many BZI team members and those from other construction companies also attend continuing education and certification processes provided by the organization. In addition, other industry groups are consulting with BZI to apply the academy’s innovative teaching and systems to their own organizations. “We believe so strongly in the effectiveness of the BZI SteelTech Academy training that we sent our own team to be trained by the BZI instructors,” said Kevin Steed, Project Manager of KRS Electric. “We’ve partnered with BZI on numerous work sites and have witnessed the positive impact of the company’s training programs firsthand. We want to ensure our team members have access to the same quality of training.”
The SteelTech Academy training is having a lifesaving impact and has helped to bring BZI safety numbers (TRIR) to a margin lower than the industry average.
Team members add that the safety culture at the company lives on beyond SteelTech Academy. “We communicate and apply the teachings and safe practices learned at the SteelTech Academy constantly and every day on every job site across the country,” said Neva Hurley, Quality and Safety Manager at BZI and SteelTech Academy graduate. “SteelTech Academy ensures our entire team uses consistent methods for safety and that we have the tools and information we need to proactively address potentially dangerous scenarios before they become safety issues.”
The construction industry is one of the top industries with the highest death rate of any industry.
“BZI has a lot to offer our team members in the traditional areas of compensation and benefits. We go beyond the norm with offerings like SteelTech Academy. We set an industry example by empowering our teams with knowledge and advanced systems that allow them to thrive in the safest environments,” said Bob Hester, Chief Human Resources Officer at BZI.
“BZI provides industry leading benefits and compensation, with the SteelTech Academy being a major part of that,” agreed Hurley. “This kind of training is extremely rare and makes me feel valued – not only for my well-being, but giving me all the tools I need to be successful and advance within BZI and throughout my career.”
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Headquartered in Kanarraville, Utah, Building Zone Industries, LLC (BZI) is a leading innovator in steel fabrication and erection and wall installation. Recognized throughout the industry for developing new technologies, equipment, and processes, BZI is relentlessly focused on improving safety and efficiency. The company operates with three primary divisions: Building Zone Industries (steel erection), BZI Steel (steel fabrication), and InnovaTech for specialized design, engineering and innovations and works in partnership with major retail, distribution, and industrial clients across the United States and internationally. The company offers an exclusive two-week safety and training program for all team members at its SteelTech Academy. Beginning as farmers raising pole barns, BZI has grown through its innovations and team members, to become a prominent provider of steel and construction needs for companies around the world. The company, which is a member of and accredited by AISC, has completed and is currently executing on major construction projects in 49 states. BZI is honored to be part of the Forbes Business Council and join other innovative companies and their executives leading and advancing industries.