At Rocky Mountain Contractors, “I Am Safety” isn’t just a slogan, it is the way we approach every job. Each employee, from the president to the newest employee on the payroll, is part of our safety program.
From the very start of employment with RMC we begin to impress the value of working safe. It begins with a complete and thorough orientation, including site specific safety training, drug and alcohol free workplace information, and space cushion driver training.
Some of our annual training and skills assessment includes; pole top and bucket rescue, first-aid/ CPR, high voltage rubber glove techniques, and DOT Operator Qualification training.
Other safety and training opportunities that are available to our employees are the OSHA 10-hour ET&D construction training and the newly approved OSHA 20-hour ET&D Supervisory Leadership Skills Outreach Training Course.
While each employee owns a part of our safety program, a safety professional with more than 30 years experience in the utility construction business, and 12 years experience as a Certified Utility Safety Administrator, administers it. Our safety professional has been a member of the OSHA strategic partnership best practices committee, been on the MDUR Safety Leadership Counsel, and chaired the CSG safety team.
As a result RMC has a stellar safety record that works toward proactive safety processes such as our following action plan.
2008 Safety Goals and Action Plan
RMC made a conscience decision to change the safety culture and focus on upstream activities to reduce accidents in 2008. The action plan that follows is just a small portion of the commitment made by the management team at RMC.
- Visit each crew twice per month, P.M. a minimum once, safety department minimum once, more if warranted or possible. Document visit with copy to file and to president. Verbal report given at management conference call. – immediate
- Minimum of one job hazard analysis per crew, per week, reviewed by P.M. – immediate
- Clark Safety to conduct one meeting with all hands per month. - February
- Train each foreman and supervisor in OSHA T&D 20 hour class. - 2008
- Encourage vehicle daily maintenance checks and documentations are complete. – immediate
- Monthly safety meetings that train and instruct attended by or conducted by the P.M. – immediate
- Executive safety committee review each recordable W/C, vehicle accident deemed as avoidable, and liability accident as recommended by the P.M. and safety department. – immediate
- Develop a near miss communication process. – developed by February 1.
- Define company policies and procedures
- With foremen – cover top 12 safety rules and safety manual
- With new hires
- All employees
Our goals at RMC for 2008 are:
- Total Recordable Incident Rate of 4.25
- Lost-Time rate of 1.75
- Conduct a comprehensive “New Employee Orientation” with 100% of new employees.
By educating and training we believe our workforce will institute the safety culture into there everyday activities, which will provide the best possible work environment for all employees.