For Immediate Release
September 29, 2015

Kana Pipeline Makes Construction Safety History

The First Cal/OSHA Golden Gate Partnership Recognition Received in SoCal for Wet Utility Pipeline

OSHA and your construction company's name in one sentence usually doesn't make for a good mix, but in this case, Kana Pipeline's safety efforts have been warmly and officially recognized by California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In construction, production on a jobsite is essential for profitability. However, many struggle with the concept of being productive while also being safe. "We have come a long way from where we started," said Henry Miranda - Kana Pipeline's Environmental, Health and Safety Director, "but we can all see now that operations and safety can effectively work shoulder-to-shoulder without one taking a back seat to the other."

Of the many goals in construction safety to achieve, Miranda has had a vision for the Company to work towards what is known as the Cal/OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Award. The Cal/VPP Star is a certification program designed to recognize employers whose occupational safety and health programs are exemplary. The VPP benefits both employers and their employees. Benefits include a reduction in injuries and illnesses resulting in greater profits as workers' compensation premiums and other costs drop, improved partnerships with local government, increased quality of service and productivity by employees, exemption from Cal/OSHA programmed inspections, not to mention positive recognition all around.

Towards that effort, Miranda entered Kana Pipeline into an alliance partnership with Cal/OSHA Consultation in the first quarter of this year to initiate the process. This first level recognition program for contractors given by OSHA is known as The Golden Gate Recognition Program.

Miranda worked with the project management team in selecting several active projects and partnering with clients such as Driver SPG, DR Horton, Avalon Bay Communities and Shea Homes. Kana Pipeline's first official recognition began with the cooperation from the pipeline crews that worked at the Newport Beach Country Club in conjunction with client, Driver SPG.

Unbeknownst to Kana Pipeline at the time, they later learned they became the first wet utility installation company to be in alliance with Cal/OSHA and the first pipeline subcontracting company in Southern California to receive the distinguished Golden Gate Partnership Recognition Letter. This makes a historic achievement for Kana.

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[From Left to Right: Jim Wathen, Henry Miranda, Daniel Locke, Karl Kreutziger]

In this photo, Kana Pipeline was recognized by Client, Driver SPG, for their "ongoing commitment to safety excellence."

The last and most recent safety recognition came in August, to Kana's construction team at Baker Ranch in Lake Forest, earning a fourth Recognition to-date. The team at Kana are pleased to partner with clients who are willing to share in this process and who understand that safety is a shared responsibility and an equal part that parallels operational tempo, craftsmanship and customer service.

"A big high five to our project management team and Henry for being diligent and working hard towards our safety goals. We continue to get safer every day." -added Daniel Locke, President of Kana Pipeline, after learning the news of receiving the 4th Golden Gate Recognition.

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[In this photo: Newport Beach Country Club Jobsite Construction Team]

Having covered a lot of ground on the plight for a safer workplace, the Company is on a long and steady mission to receive this important safety distinction for each and every one of their pipeline jobsite superintendents.

This would not be possible without the people that took part in this process and will take part in the future. This process will not only help the Company maintain a safe and healthier work environment, but it will also have a direct impact on the bottom line. The company will see a reduction in financial losses and frequency on injuries, as well as realize an expansion in client base and an improvement in the reputation and customer relationships.

"It is so very rewarding and encouraging, working with a team that understands the importance of jobsite safety and is able to blend regulatory compliance and operational performance as one in the same." -Miranda.

About Kana Pipeline
Founded in 1984 by CEO and President Daniel Locke, Kana Pipeline is a leading wet utility pipeline construction company in Southern California. Kana specializes in the installation of water, sewer, fireline and storm drainage systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction projects. For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release and to learn more about Kana Pipeline, visit their website and contact Media Relations.

Media Relations
Kana Pipeline, Inc. 714-986-1400
[email protected]

Other Photos:
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[From Left to Right: Scott Ratigan, Cal/OSHA Consultation Service and Henry Miranda, Director of Safety and Environmental Health for Kana Pipeline]

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[From Left to Right: Henry Miranda, Director of Safety and Environmental Health for Kana Pipeline, Scott Ratigan, Cal/OSHA Consultation Service, Nicolas Alcantar, Kana Pipeline Superintendent and Derek Woodland, Kana Pipeline Project Manager]

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