CEA Excellence in Safety Award


Average Annual
Craft Hours 2017-2023


Healthiest Employer
SFBT 2022

Trained Safety Professionals

Safety is our Core Value

Construction is performed in continually changing and complex work environments. At Overaa, we do not rest on our laurels. Each and every day, we come to work ready to learn, to improve, and to look out for one another, so that at the end of the day, we can go home to our families.

Overaa is a unique. Unlike many of our industry peers, we are a self-performing general contractor. In fact, our self-performing craft hours are among the highest in all of Northern California. It is not usual for our teams to log 100,000+ hours on a single project or to self-perform 800,000+ craft hours company-wide over the course of a year. Our industry-leading EMR speaks to our commitment to learn, to improve, and to look out for one another.

Overaa is honored to be recognized as a leader in the construction industry for worker safety and health. We have been awarded the CEA Safety Award from the Construction Employers Association (CEA) consecutively for the past 10 years. We also have received recognition from ConocoPhillips, Tesoro, and other refineries for our safe work — these distinctions are tremendous accomplishments in particular, as refineries typically hold the most stringent safety standards in the industry due to a work environment that often involves complex process equipment, hazardous materials, and handling materials under high pressures and temperatures.


Safety Track Record





EMR | 2024


TRIR | 2024


In 2022, Overaa’s Safety team visited job sites more than 931 times to conduct 100-point safety audits, with an average score of 95%.

Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is a metric insurers use to calculate worker’s compensation premiums. It gauges past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average among our general contractor peers.

Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) measures the total number of recordable safety cases per 200,000 craft hours. The average California TRIR for the construction industry is around 4.0.

confined space rescue


Every person on the jobsite is authorized to enforce our safety policy and procedures.  Overaa’s in-house program — Overaa Continuous Improvement (OCI)  addresses safety training for project management, superintendents, forepersons and craft personnel. It is provided on-site and at headquarters training facilities by our safety personnel or outside experts. Topics are tailored to Cal/OSHA regulations, job site tasks, stakeholder goals, and more. Instruction is available in English and Spanish.

Everyone is empowered and authorized to stop work and enforce safety procedures



Construction Jobsite Survey Reports (CJSR) with iAudit are performed daily. Safety Engineers photograph and perform a 100-point check list. The audit provides instant feedback across jobsites, inspires friendly competition and immediate corrective action. In 2022, Safety Engineers made 931 jobsite visits with an average safety audit score of 95%.


First thing in the morning, crew members assemble for a Daily Huddle. Here, we discuss upcoming activities and associated risks, and review the specific steps necessary to safely accomplish the task. We share lessons learned from other jobsites. Superintendents also lead a daily Stretch & Flex routine.


Overaa is proud to have been an inaugural member of Cal/OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. The California Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) is designed to recognize employers and their employees who have implemented safety and health programs that effectively prevent and control occupational hazards.


  • As a Cal/OSHA VPP contractor, our safety program meets or exceeds CAL/OSHA requirements and is compliant with ISNetworld, a platform our refinery, industrial, and manufacturing clients use to screen contractors and ensure their rigorous regulations and standards are upheld.
  • Overaa is a member of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit program to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes, in communities, and on the road through leadership, education, and advocacy.
  • We have received the CEA Excellence in Safety Award 10 years in a row.
  • We are an annual participant in the SRBX Safety Expo, a safety, leadership development, and construction equipment training conference.
  • We were named the 3rd Healthiest Employer among large employees by San Francisco Business Times in 2022.



Safety Engineer, CHST, OHST


Safety Training and Program Manager


Safety Engineer, CHST, OHST


Safety Engineer


Safety Engineer


Safety Engineer, CSP

Safety Training Program


  • Asbestos
  • Blasting/Explosives
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Construction (OSHA Certified 10 Hours)
  • Construction (OSHA Certified 30 Hours)
  • Cranes Operations
  • Electrical Safety
  • Excavation Competent Person
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Forklift Operations
  • Hazardous Waste (40 Hours)
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Ladder/Scaffolding
  • Lead
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Person Protective Equipment
  • Powder Actuated Tools
  • Process Safety Management
  • Radiation Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Welding/Cutting


2022 CEA Excellence in Safety Award

Overaa is proud to receive the Construction Employers’ Association (CEA) 2022 Excellence in Safety Award for 10 consecutive years. This award recognizes contractors with exceptional TRIR, DART, and EMR rates, as well as exceptional training and IIPP programs.


Our safety training video is required for all employees as part of our onboarding process. It is available in Spanish and English.

Each day starts with Stretch & Flex. Stretch & Flex posters can be found at every jobsite.