Presentation Title

Labor/Management:  Belcher Roofing Corporation – a Historical View of the Development of a Safety Culture.

About the Presentation

Belcher Roofing Corporation representative will discuss how following two significant employee injuries motivated them to commit to a cultural change in their safety program. From management commitment to new hire orientation the company will provide details on how safety has become the fundamental principal for the company. 

The Presenters
Kevin Belcher, President, Belcher Roofing Company
Presenter Biography

Ours is a true story about SAFETY, where we learned the difference between perception and reality as we grew our business over the last 43 years.  We will share our lows and highs and the challenges that
we encountered to develop SAFETY as a CULTURE.

K M Belcher Roofing was started in 1974 as a small residential contracting business, operating in the Philadelphia suburbs with a crew of three men, which included myself.  As we continued to grow the business over the next 10 years from residential to light commercial, we added additional office and field personnel to meet our needs.  In 1984 our name was changed to Belcher Roofing Corporation as we developed our business into the Commercial-Industrial roofing sector where we operate today.  It was at that time, we became signatory with Roofers Local 30, operating within the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties, and we are still an active member in good standing today.

Over the years, we have faced our share of challenges, growing our business from a crew of 3 to over 100 field and office team members, and we are fully prepared to face new opportunities and challenges in the future, as we strive to be the leader in our industry in SAFETY-QUALITY-PRODUCTION. 



Thomas Belcher, Vice President, Belcher Roofing Company  
Presenter Biography

As a Principle at Belcher Roofing Corporation he is responsible for overseeing daily operation with a focus on safety and sales. 
He has been an active board member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Philadelphia for over twenty five years.  In his capacity as a board member, he initiated the Alliance between Roofers Local 30 of Philadelphia, the Roofing Contractors Association of Philadelphia and The Department of Labor OSHA Region III in 2008-10.
In 2006, he along with Kevin Belcher, Principle at Belcher Roofing Corporation, and William Reis, CHST, Safety Director at Belcher Roofing Corporation, initiated the Steering Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of their existing safety program and develop a path forward to establish a more comprehensive program.



Bill Reis, Safety Director, Belcher Roofing Company  
Presenter Biography

            Bill began his career in the construction industry in 1977 as a member of Roofers Union Local 30 in Philadelphia, PA working his way diligently through the ranks from apprenticeship to foreman status then being appointed Union Organizer and eventually Business Agent for Local 30. Through those years, Bill had the opportunity of working on some of the most prominent projects that now frame the infamous Philadelphia skyline.
            In the summer of 2003, Bill joined Belcher Roofing Corp and was tasked with not only improving the overall management and supervision in the field, but also the coordination and planning of all Belcher Roofing’s projects from start up to completion. Bill worked tirelessly in this effort and because of the respect he earned over the years, combined with two decades of experience in the roofing industry, he achieved this goal successfully.
            In 2006 Tom and Kevin Belcher decided to take their company on a different path by creating a culture of Safety, Quality, Production in that order for every project going forward making safety as the driving force above production and quality. This would require complete commitment with no exceptions and knowing Bill’s leadership skills, he was the first choice to head their safety program.  Knowing the daunting challenges that awaited him, Bill accepted without hesitation. 11 years later, Belcher Roofing is now recognized as the leader in safety management. 
            Bill earned Academic and Industry Certifications to become a safety professional along with his OSHA 10 hour, 30 hour, 502 construction update and the 500 which allows him to serve as an authorized outreach training instructor for the construction industry.  Other certifications Bill has received are the (CHST) Construction Health and Safety Technician, (ASHM) Associate Safety and Health Manager, (STSC) Safety Trained Supervisor in Construction, (PSM) Process Safety Management Trainer for the Petrochemical industry, First Aid/CPR instructor, and Asbestos worker training. Bill has also held Rigger level 1 and is an Accredited Practical Examiner for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) for its crane signalperson.  Bill successfully completed a Construction Safety Program from the Department of Public Health at Temple University.  In addition, he has received the honor of being awarded the Safety Professional of the Year 2008 by the Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Council (MACSC) and served as an executive board member.  Currently, Bill is an executive board member of the General Building Construction Council (GBCA) Safety Committee and (SADV) Sub–Contractors Association of Delaware Valley 2015 recognized him as Best of the Best in Construction.



James P. Touey, Department of Labor OSHA Region III Labor Liaison

Department of Labor OSHA Region III Labor Liaison 2010 – Current 
As the OSHA Region III Labor Liaison Mr. Touey is a facilitator between OSHA Region III and their stakeholders. Represents OSHA's Region III as a contact for OSHA's Regional Office staff and at meetings of employer organizations, trade associations, labor organizations as well as community and faith based organizations. Works closely with various Region Building Trades Safety Councils and others and continues to established relationships with organized labor throughout OSHA’s Region III jurisdiction (PA, WV, MD, VA DE, and District of Columbia).    Mr. Touey Evaluates the effectiveness of OSHA programs as they relate to labor unions, organized and unorganized workers, day laborer organizations, interfaith worker centers and coalitions, COSH groups, and victims and families of victims of serious workplace safety and health incidents.

Department of Labor OSHA Philadelphia Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist 2007 - 2010

Department of Labor OSHA – Compliance Safety & Health Officer (CSHO) 1997-2007