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May 1 2017

Builders Mutual Establishes Educational Nonprofit Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI)

Jodi Vedelli
jvedelli@bmico.com
(919) 227-0295

Organization’s Mission is to Eliminate Job-Site Related Injuries and Fatalities in Construction Industry

JSI Demonstrates Builders Mutual Mission in Advance of National Safety Month

Raleigh, N.C.– Builders Mutual, a leading writer of commercial insurance for the construction industry in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, announces the establishment of the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting safety research for residential and commercial job-sites to produce studies that improve safety and protect lives.

The establishment of JSI is a key milestone in the history of Builders Mutual and a testament to the company’s dedication to the industry and to keeping workers safe on the jobsite. This commitment, which is at the core of everything done at Builders Mutual, has been the rationale for why the company has been in business for more than 30 years. Through JSI, Builders Mutual has the opportunity to give back to the communities, workers, and industry it serves.

Grants from JSI will help conduct research to produce studies that guide safety practices, set new safety standards, and influence worker behavior on job-sites. This will ultimately play a critical role in the reduction of job-site injuries and elimination of job-site fatalities. Study results will be shared through a variety of media, including published studies, training videos, and online resources. JSI will make practical industry recommendations based on these studies as well.

“As leading experts in construction, we have an opportunity, if not an obligation, to support and guide efforts of specialized industry research and education to promote safety while at work,” said Mike Gerber, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Builders Mutual. “We are excited to announce the establishment of JSI tied to National Safety Month in June to show our commitment to keeping workers safe.”

JSI will also seek to create strong national partnerships with educational institutions, industry regulators, safety-focused organizations, and building associations across the United States. Current JSI partnerships include the National Association of Home Builders, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, East Carolina University’s Department of Risk Management, the North Carolina Department of Labor, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association.

“With our decades of experience in homebuilding and construction, Builders Mutual recognizes the significance of and need for JSI, and we are dedicated to its mission of eliminating or reducing all job-site related injuries and deaths through promoting its research and related activities,” said Bill Schaffner, director of risk management at Builders Mutual.

About Builders Mutual
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Builders Mutual is a leading writer of commercial insurance for the construction industry in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Since its inception, Builders Mutual has broadened its territory beyond North Carolina to include the District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Florida. The company provides coverage to more than 21,000 policyholders through more than 5,000 sales agents and employs nearly 300 staff at its Raleigh headquarters.

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