This year's safety week will be held at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville and will include training sessions centered around a variety of topics including first aid, aerial lift training, fall protection and a lunch with MIOSHA.

Holland construction company Elzinga & Volkers will hold its fifth annual Safety Week, kicking off on Monday, March 19.

The idea for the event began when the company was preparing to celebrate 2,000 days without a job site injury. Tony Roussey, chief operating officer for E&V, said the company wanted to do something to celebrate that.

"We were going to do something that included all of our trade partners, all of our vendors and all of our clients and as (CEO) Mike Novakoski and I got talking about the event, he came up with the idea of doing a full safety week to provide a symposium on safety, to celebrate our 2,000 days but also to make an awareness to all of our partners of our journey and the success we have had with safety," Roussey said.

"We had no idea, we had no clue it would go like it did. It was just unbelievable that first year. It came off so well and was so well attended and people learned so much from it that we decided to keep it going."

This year's events, called Alive 365: Safety Week 2018, will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the Safety Symposium, titled "Developing a World Class Safety Culture," at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Former NFL player Mark Pattison will speak about his Seven Summits of Success based on the wisdom and experience he gained on the football field and in business.

E&V President and CEO Mike Novakoski said that from 2014 to 2017, over 275 companies throughout West Michigan were represented during Safety Week and over 1,500 construction professionals learned the importance of safety practices in the field.

"Each year, we see great benefit in offering ongoing safety education to our fellow professionals, as there are very few programs made available to the entire industry that are free of cost and company agnostic," Novakoski said.

Roussey said they expect people from across the state to attend the training sessions, which will include topics like first aid, CPR, aerial lift training, fall protection, silica standard, and scaffolding among others.

The week will also include a lunch with MIOSHA, which will give attendees an opportunity to ask questions in a more comfortable situation. MIOSHA regulates workplace safety and health.

"The focus at the highest levels of the companies is that the responsibility is all about getting our workers home safe," Roussey said. "We are going to help them and we are going to create sessions where we can help them create the tools to work toward becoming a world-class company in their own regard."

The entire week of events and training sessions are free and will be held at The Pinnacle Center, located at 3330 Highland Dr. in Hudsonville. For more information, visit

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