A Message from the Painters USA Safety Director
“Very grateful for squeezing me into your busy schedule. Work got done and looks great.
—Industrial property manager
You’ve heard it said before: “Safety is no accident.”
But does your organization actually live it?
The safety culture ingrained in the Painters USA family of companies is definitely no accident. We have taken the extra step of actually employing a full-time Safety Director who is instrumental in instilling and maintaining the safety culture our employees share, in the field and in the office. From newly-hired employees to the most seasoned veterans in all divisions of Painters USA, we strive to make it home to our families at the end of the day unscathed and unharmed.
Our Safety Director, Darren Lottes, lives and breathes safety.
Before asking for and receiving the position of Safety Director, Darren wore numerous hats over his 8 years on our team. This included being an Estimator, Operations Director, and Field Operations Supervisor.
“It’s nice to see something that we are so dedicated to, from our owners down to a first year apprentice, and that hard work truly pays off,” Darren says.
What Are Our Safety Director’s Qualifications?
We are lucky to have such a qualified Safety Director who is fully committed to our employees’ well-being. His certifications include:
- OSHA 500
- OSHA 10 and 30 Hour instructor
- Aerial Work Platform Instructor
- Confined Space Entry Instructor
- Confined Space Rescue Instructor
- Certified Lead Abatement Supervisor
- NCCER Core Instructor
In the very near future this list will expand to include Train the Trainer certifications in:
- Fall Protection Competent Person
- Scaffold & Suspended Scaffold (Swing Stage)
Our Award-Winning Safety Program
Maybe you saw in a recent blog that Painters USA won the MRMH Safety Award from Assurance. Upon receiving the award, Darren said, “To be recognized was a great honor for me. It was honestly really emotional for me because of the injuries we’ve had in the past and dedicating my life to never having those injuries again.”
As a result of Darren’s dedication, we currently carry an EMR of .80 – well below the industry standard of 1.0 that most large companies ask for.
We also can boast high grades (“A’s”) with over 20 corporations on the safety and procurement portal ISNet World. It hasn’t gone unrecognized – they want to do a piece on us for their newsletter about this extraordinary accomplishment.
What Does Our Focus On Jobsite Safety Mean for YOU?
Painters USA’s commitment to safety will give you peace of mind when the time comes for contracting your own maintenance projects. Besides our own safety program, we frequently attend site and company-specific safety training prior to starting a project. We welcome these opportunities to further our knowledge and ensure the wellbeing of everyone on a jobsite.
None of our achievements would be possible without Darren’s leadership and the full support and compliance of our employees companywide.
Thank you, Darren, for getting us home safe!
Painters USA’s Locations
Our 4 locations allow us to travel nationwide for large commercial & industrial painting, flooring, & industrial cleaning projects. They also serve the immediate areas around them.
Chicago Region – Our headquarters are in the Chicago suburb of Glendale Heights. IL and serves the entire Chicago, northern Indiana, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, & Detroit areas. This office also handles most of our nationwide projects.
Texas Region – We have 2 locations in Texas serving the entire southern United States:
- Dallas, TX covers the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, as well as the cities of Waco, Austin, San Antonio, and Wichita Falls in Texas. They also handle the surrounding states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, and Colorado.
- Houston, TX covers the eastern part of the state including the cities of Galveston, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and College Station. This location also travels to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Central Illinois Region - Our concrete division, Redimere Surface Solutions, is located in Danville, IL (outside of Champaign, IL. Like our other locations, this one also performs painting, flooring, & industrial cleaning services in areas like Peoria, Bloomington, St. Louis, Lafayette, Terre Haute, & Indianapolis.