Ivey’s Construction has built its safety program around the commitment to continuous improvement. This quest for safety excellence has been greatly augmented by
our most valuable resource: Ivey’s employees. We encourage the consistent and active
involvement of our people from upper management to our craft workers in making safety
synonymous with Ivey’s Construction.
Our injury free environment is not just a safety program – it’s a culture at Ivey’s.
We believe that accidents are not only avoidable but are unacceptable. It is this culture
that ensures that our EMR is consistently well below the industry average.
The foundation for our safety system is a training program, which encompasses
employees at all levels-enabling them to be both educated and responsible when it comes
to project safety. This employee involvement process includes orientation, supervisor
training, safety staff, hazard recognition, job safety analysis, safety meetings, incentive
programs and safety committees, plus an emphasis on subcontractor safety.
Orientation. All new Ivey’s employees attend a new-hire orientation prior to assuming
any job duties.
Safety Staff. Ivey’s has a full-time Corporate Safety Manager (with over 26 years of
experience), including a safety trainer and safety representatives in the field.
Hazard Recognition. Site safety audits are conducted weekly on all Ivey’s Construction
projects. Conducted by a site supervisor and at least one of the project’s craft workers,
these audits help promote personnel involvement in safety issues as well as providing a
forum to discuss techniques being used and possible alternative.
Job Hazard Analysis. At all job sites, the Ivey’s field supervisor originates a Job Safety
Analysis (JHA) to ensure that proper thought and planning have gone into each phase of
the work to be done.
Safety Meetings. Conducted weekly at all projects-daily during periods of peak activity-
safety meetings are conducted by one of our field supervisors and address specific topics
and concerns. Owner representatives often attend and speak at these meetings.
Subcontractor Safety. The actions of one contractor can impact everyone on a job site.
For this reason, we issue a Subcontractor safety questionnaire to all subcontractors as a
prerequisite to employment. The questionnaire is reviewed by the corporate safety
director to ensure compliance with Ivey’s requirements and expectations.
Ivey’s Construction focus on safety has been recognized both regionally and nationally – a testament to the impact of our all-out commitment to providing the safest work environment possible.
The most important measurement of our safety program isn’t how many awards we have won or what safety statistics we have for any given year. It’s that every night, our employees leave the jobsite and go home safely to their families. That is what
we call success.
Manuel A. Rivera, Jr., CHST
Corporate Safety Manager
Manny started his career at Ivey’s Construction in September of 2007 as a Corporate Safety Manager and to this day has 26 years of safety experience. Manny reports directly to the Company President and responsibilities include managing and administering the total Company Safety and Health Accident Prevention Program.
Manny assists and supports the Vice-Presidents, Company Project Managers, Superintendents, and Foremen in establishing and maintaining an effective safety and health program by:
Providing educational training materials designed to develop and maintain an effective safety and health program.
Providing technical assistance and advice to pre-job planning conferences to establish safety phases for all new jobs.
Intervening in any situation where the potential for injury, illness, loss of life and/or property damage exists.
Making frequent inspection visits to the field, especially to projects that are experiencing a negative injury/illness trend to assist the project superintendent in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the safety and/or industrial hygiene problems.
Managing the statistical database of information on all occupational injuries and illnesses.
Keeping all company managers and field personnel advised of federal, state, and other safety and health regulations and furnish interpretations of these regulations.
Establishing and monitoring work safety and health standards and procedures throughout the Company.
Construction Health and Safety Technician, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, 2015
Bachelor of Science, in Occupational Safety & Health, Columbia Southern University, 2010
AA Degree in Safety, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 1994
AA Degree in Aircraft Accessory Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force,
Maxwell AFB, Maxwell, Alabama, 1990
Certification in Industrial Safety and Health, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006
Certification in Construction Safety and Health, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006
OSHA Outreach Trainer Course for the General Industry, GTECH, OTI 501, 2012
OSHA Outreach Trainer Course for the Construction Industry, GTECH, OTI 500, 2012
Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA), Airframe and Power Plant License (A&P), 1991
Stormwater Management Inspector, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2006
Florida DOT, Maintenance of Traffic (MOT), 2013
Retired MSgt., United States Air Force, 1979-2002
Safety inspections and ensuring compliance with OSHA, EPA, NASA, NFPA, ANSI, NEC, state/local safety regulations, protocols and procedures.
Excellent ability to develop, implements, monitors, and enforces safety programs and protocols.
Manage and administer the total company safety and health accident prevention plan and programs.
Conduct OSHA educational training and provide materials designed to develop and maintain an effective safety and health program.
Provides technical assistance and advice to pre-job planning conferences to establish safety phases for all new jobs.
Uncommon ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations where the potential for injury, illness, loss of life and/or property damage exists.
Solid ability to work effectively with diverse populations and backgrounds with strong oral and written skills.
Fluent in Spanish with experience training Spanish-speaking workers and interacting with all levels of management and personnel.
Administer the statistical database, compile information and prepare reports on all occupational injuries and illnesses.
Reviews Safety Data Sheets, blue prints, engineering drawings, technical directives, purchase orders and provides a pro-active risk assessment thus reducing cost/saving money.
09/07 to Present
Ivey’s Construction Inc.
Merritt Island, Florida
Corporate Safety Manager
12/05 to 06/07
American Eagle Construction Inc.
Satellite Beach, Florida
01/03 to 05/05
All Points Logistics
Industrial Safety Specialist, Kennedy Space Center (NASA)
12/79 to 09/02
United States Air Force
Patrick AFB, Florida
Superintendent of Safety