Safety – We all make The Difference…

Safety is more than a program; it is a core business principle and personal value carried by each O’Rourke employee.  Serving as testament to this fact is O’Rourke’s impeccable safety record.  With an EMR of 0.47, O’Rourke leads the industry with the best possible EMR offered to Ohio based employers.

There are several key attributes to O’Rourke’s Safety Culture,

Management Participation

  • Demonstrate safety through leadership
  • Clear expectations and accountability
  • Management engagement and time in the field
  • Conservative desision making
  • Select, retain, and develop the team

Worker Involvement

  • Personal commitment to everyone’s safety
  • Participation in work planning and improvement
  • Maintain awareness of hazards and controls
  • Teamwork and mutual respect
  • Trust

Education and Communication

  • Training – routine, introduction to new topics, refreshers as required
  • Reporting problems and errors then resolving them
  • Performance monitoring through multiple means
  • Incorporate corporate and personal experience
  • Communicating/raising issues in an environment free from retribution

O’Rourke strives to design safety into each project plan and standard procedure.  By defining individual tasks and their hazards, O’Rourke can develop controls and a plan to work within them.

Our projects are field executed by experienced demolition professionals, closely coordinated and supervised to assure all safety and production requirements are met.  Our field superintendents are long-term employees, ranging from 10-44 years each with the Company.  They are experienced in supervising all types and sizes of demolition, deconstruction, dismantlement and decommissioning projects.

Our employees are provided with CPR/First Aid training, OSHA 30 Hour training, Lead, Asbestos Awareness, Respirator, Scaffolding, Trenching/Excavating and 40 Hour HAZWOPER training.  It is the combination of these unique factors and experience that sets O’Rourke apart as an industry leading demolition contractor.

O’Rourke’s strong commitment to safety training is a key to maintaining an active safety culture.  Annual safety programs are run to maintain certifications for many employees and train new hires as required.  The list below represents a sample of the courses offered to O’Rourke’s team.

  • Aerial Lift
  • BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) Employee Possessor
  • CRP First Aid
  • Driver Safety Certification
  • Drug-Free Workplace Training (Employee and Supervisor)
  • General Industry Safety
  • Lead
  • OSHA 30-hour
  • Respirator Training
  • Sewer Tapper Certification
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Confined Space
  • Crane Operator Certification
  • Crane Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Hydraulic Hammer Usage and Safety
  • OSHA 10-hour
  • OSHA 40-hour (Haz-woper)
  • Scaffolding Safety
  • Skid-steer Loader
  • Rigging

 O’Rourke Wrecking Company participates in three web-based owner/contractor qualification sourcing services.  These services collect, verify and publish our accident prevention performance to member companies:


Pacific Industrial Contractor Screening (PICS)

PICS is one of the hardest and most prestigious contractor prequalification to obtain.  PICS represents many industries such as Aerospace, Chemical, Energy, Government, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Mining, Pharmaceutical, Pulp and Paper, Telecommunications, Waste Management

The Right Fit


BROWZ serves industries such as Utilities, Oil and Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Mining, Cement/Aggregate, Facility Management, Engineering, Construction, Forestry, Food and Beverage and Steel.



Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS)

What does it mean to be MICCS Safety Certified? O’Rourke had to meet the following requirements:

  • EMR equal to or less than 0.9
  • A three-year average TRIR and DART rate equal to or less than 80% of the national average for our NAICS code of 238910
  • Have no cited fatalities for the past three years
  • Meet all of the Safety Program Review (SPRS) mandatory criteria
  • Score 50% or higher on the SPRS best practices
  • Pass a home office audit


PEC Safety

PEC Safety Certification for the Oil and Gas Industry


SMI Safety Certification



Recently, several of O’Rourke’s clients who hold safety to the same high standard have enrolled their projects in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Plan proclaiming their projects commitment to continued improvement to safety and worker health.  We are proud of our participation on various projects and have shared the lessons learned throughout the corporation, promoting the lessons learned throughout O’Rourke’s safety program.

The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. There are three ways to participate in VPP: Site-based, mobile workforce, and corporate. Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.