Safety Mindset: Working Together to Create Safer Construction Zones

A Need for Training:

Becoming safety-minded is not something that happens overnight. Old Dominion takes safety seriously with a zero-tolerance rule. Safety is not just a policy; it’s a value ingrained in everything we do. We understand that the well-being of our workers and our communities is our top priority. Through comprehensive training, proactive measures, and a commitment to continuous improvement, we strive to create a safe and secure environment for everyone involved.

We believe in promoting a safety culture throughout The Old Dominion Group. This includes encouraging workers to speak up if they notice unsafe conditions or practices and rewarding those who prioritize safety. We also have a system in place for reporting and investigating any accidents or near misses so that we can learn from them and prevent similar incidents in the future.

The Safety department also provides in-depth training by qualified bilingual (Spanish) instructors to avoid language barriers. They develop safety protocols, conduct safety audits, and address any safety concerns or violations. Our safety team also stays up to date on industry standards and regulations to ensure compliance.

Experience Modification Rate (EMR) Meaning and Relevance:

We take great pride in promoting a safety-first mindset throughout The Old Dominion Group. Our safety leadership implements proactive measures that are passed on to our safety officers. They apply these protocols while conducting regular safety training, verify performance through risk assessments, and reevaluate their visits to verify lagging and leading indicators.

Our experience modification rate (EMR) shows their efforts and results.  The EMR is a numerical representation of a company’s safety performance and is calculated based on the number of workers’ compensation claims and costs over a three-year period. The ratings and the industry/state benchmarks are determined yearly by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). A lower EMR indicates a lower likelihood of accidents and injuries, demonstrating that our safety measures are effective.

This year, our EMR is .59, and we would like to extend our gratitude to our teams for prioritizing safety and creating a secure work environment for everyone. 

Safety Leadership Team

Our safety team’s dedication and expertise have significantly impacted our company’s safety record and our crew’s safety education. As the Director of Corporate Safety and Loss Prevention, Anabella Perez has established ODG’s Safety and Health Department by implementing safety standards throughout the organization while developing and administering our safety programs since 2006.

Under her leadership, the safety department has grown to include six full-time bilingual safety officers & instructors, all crucial in maintaining our exceptional safety standards. Some of the accomplishments include:


As safety and health experts in the construction industry, our safety team have also helped countless other contractors onsite as needed. Their expertise and vigilance have helped to prevent accidents and ensure that our workforce remains secure and protected. An example is the STEP award nominations; this Award was established in 1989 by the Associated Builders and Contractors. This recognition signifies that our Safety and Loss Prevention Program at The Old Dominion Group is 619% safer than the industry average.

The Old Dominion Group have continuously received the DIAMOND and PLATINUM Excellence awards for over six consecutive years; we take great pride in this achievement and are committed to continuously improving our safety measures.


ISN is the global leader in contractor and supplier information management platforms. It serves as a world-class forum for sharing industry best practices and benchmarking performance, connecting over 750 hiring clients and more than 75,000 active contractors and suppliers worldwide.

Since 2022, Old Dominion Insulation has been awarded the RAV – Plus status with ISNetworld. RAVS Plus is a recognition that ensures what is written on paper in a contractor’s safety program is being implemented in day-to-day operations. The RAVS Plus Assessment consists of a RAVS Plus Interview, Training Document, and Supporting Document requirements. Only a handful of contractors, such as ODI, are nominated and recognized for their programs and implantation.

We are grateful to our safety leaders for their hard work and dedication to maintaining our exceptional safety record and ensuring ODG’s safety. Their efforts make a difference, and we are fortunate to have them on our team!