Safety Training Programs
All new hires attend a 4-hour long hands-on safety orientation at our office with our Safety Director. There, they also receive our Employee Safety Packet in English and/or Spanish which contains our safety policies and procedures and they sign off that they received and understood them.
Quarterly Safety Meetings
Every quarter, we perform a 2-hour safety training session with our employees on a safety topic that is integral or timely as to what is going on with the company. Over the last 21 years, our Safety Director has hosted 84 quarterly safety training meetings. Some of the safety training topics include PPE, Fall Protection, Scaffolding, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms, Back Injury Prevention, Hazcom, Silica Safety, Tool Safety, etc. In addition to the quarterly safety training sessions, a large part of our work force has been OSHA 10-hour and/or OSHA 30-hour trained.
We perform ongoing safety training as needed, based on an employee’s experience or lack thereof with our various tools, equipment and job site specific training needs.
Safety Advocate Training
We perform safety training with our field leaders of which we call “Safety Advocates.” This is training above and beyond the quarterly meetings. We have trained them on
topics such as leadership skills, competent person training, accident investigation, additional scaffold & fall protection training, coaching employees, unsafe act enforcement, etc. We have approximately 45 Safety Advocates. Each Safety Advocate carries a manual which contains our toolbox talks, safety inspection forms, field accident report forms, our Assured Ground Program and our “Unsafe Act Hot List.”
The role of the Safety Advocate is to be a leader of safety in the field. They are expected to lead by example when it comes to safety by always working in a safe manner and helping us to reach our safety goals. Safety Advocates help ensure that our job sites are safe to work at and that our employees are working in a safe manner. They perform weekly toolbox talks and safety inspections of which both get turned in to our Safety Director. The Safety Advocates also perform daily Task-Based Safety Awareness Huddles with our crews before any work commences. We feel the safety huddles are a key driver to our safety success and make us best in class when it comes to safety in our industry!