Safety

Gareth Walters, Vice President of EHS & Loss Control

Safety Vision

The crucial element to our safety success is commitment to safety principles in the form of a vision embraced by all of our employees.

Our management team creates this environment and provides leadership and training to incorporate this philosophy throughout the company.

Measure of Results

Our safety program is a success as a result of each employee realizing their responsibility and taking ownership in managing the safety program.

Please see below our overall incident rate improvement through the years. EMR statistics are available upon request.

Behavioral Based Safety

Our behavioral based safety program is grounded on positively motivating safe actions and decisions by employees at all levels. This approach focuses on worker behavior in direct connection with minimizing or preventing workplace accidents and incidents.
History has taught us over the years that not only are unsafe acts the cause of almost all workplace accidents or incidents but, that for every accident that occurs, there are many more unsafe behaviors that are not recorded (Frank E. Bird Accident Pyramid). We firmly believe that the use of behavioral psychology is the best strategy to promote safety in the workplace.

Our safety practices are executed through careful planning and training of all employees. Some of the key components are:

  • Observations made of employee acts in relation to being safe or unsafe
  • Information is gathered to illustrate trends or improvement needed
  • Emphasis on decisions made (Coaching/Safety Recognition).

 

Specifically, the behavior based approach to achieving safety improvements is a process of involving workers in defining the ways they are most likely to be injured, seeking their input, and asking them to observe co-workers in order to determine progress in the reduction of risk behaviors. Work hazard analysis, pre-task plans are just two of the procedures we use to help achieve our goals.