DesCor Builders has just accomplished the extraordinary by earning the SHARP Award from Cal-OSHA. The SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) Award honors high-hazard employers for their excellence in safety practices. Currently, DesCor is the only general contractor in Northern California approved and listed as a SHARP participant. DesCor’s recognized project is The Pique, a 327-unit apartment complex under construction in Folsom.

Founded in 2005, DesCor provides full-service preconstruction, general contracting, and construction management services throughout Northern California. This licensed general contractor provides sophisticated services at a competitive cost, and has a robust culture of safety. Backed by this philosophy, Robert Harding, regional safety director, initiated pursuit of the SHARP Award in April 2018.

“We are committed to people first, so we make safety our number-one priority and receiving the SHARP Award exemplifies that commitment.”

– Brad Des Jardin, president & ceo

“Many general contractors won’t pursue the SHARP Award because it takes a considerable amount of effort and coordination,” notes Harding. “All of our subcontractors have to commit to this, and agree to in-depth analysis by Cal-OSHA. I work with all our subs to assess their entire safety programs and help them become compliant. For those without safety director, we take that role for them, helping them elevate their safety culture and training.”

DesCor delivers its building strategy on a foundation of safety. “Safety is our established policy before we break ground on any project,” says Jeff Deming, senior superintendent. “Large corporate clients have had third-party consultants and safety management companies review our program, and we always meet or exceed their requirements. Pursuing the SHARP Award is putting our program to the test in the field.”

With the commitment of time, effort, and strong partnerships with subcontractors required to earn the SHARP Award, it’s clear that DesCor takes a true team approach and that safety is always a primary concern. “We really do care about people – our team, those working on our projects, and our clients,” concludes Neal Cordeiro, vice president and CFO.

Link to article: Award-Winning Safety Culture
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Comstock’s Magazine: August 2019