SAFETY PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Work place safety and health is a core value at Postler & Jaeckle Corp. Our employees are the “greatest asset” we have and their protection extends from senior management to the employees in the field. We are proud of the safety record we have achieved and work to continuously assess and improve our performance. At P&J we combine Safety, Quality, Costs, Schedule and Customer Satisfaction into one concept that is etched into our company culture.
The Safety Program we have established to manage health and safety has various elements including specific procedures, policies, training programs and management responsibilities. Our Safety Committee which meets once per month helps us by getting feedback from employees as to what they see is working or needs improvement. We conduct Semi-annual Company Safety Meetings where managers, superintendents, foreman and lead personal learn specific information on incident trends, comparative safety performance, new policies and procedures, and where we need to focus our attention. The meeting also includes training on a new safety topics or new OSHA regulation. Overall our program is comprehensive and is evaluated on a regular basis with improvements made as situations indicate.
The efforts and attention to workplace safety has allowed Postler & Jaeckle to achieve continuous improvement and favorable Employer Modification Rates to help us provide our customers with a cost effective, higher quality product with less risk.
Company Accident Prevention and Safety Policies
- Safety Training:
- All employees have OSHA 10
- All Project Managers, Superintendents, and Foemen have OSHA 30
- Additional Training is OSHA-Hazard Specific in topics such as Confined Space, Excavations, Lock-out/Tag-out, Electrical Safe Work Practices (NFPA 70E), Respiratory Protection, Specialized Fall Protection, Aerial Lifts, Powered Industrial Truck, and Scaffold User.
- New Employee Safety Orientation – All employees new to the company attend this orientation where company safety policies and safety rules in addition a mechanical specific safety training video is shown.
- Site Specific Safety Plans – Most projects are reviewed by the safety department in conjunction with the project manager and superintendent to assess the hazards and safety challenges to produce a comprehensive safety plan. Safety Plan templates for small projects and large projects.
- Safety Committee – A committee comprised of senior management, safety department, and representatives from project management, service department and field supervisors meet once per month to review incidents, certain safety policies, training needs, and to discuss problems areas, safety issues, safety equipment, suggestions and safety recognitions.
- Job Hazard Analysis – Certain high hazard tasks are reviewed to develop a detailed analysis that outlines hazards and safety procedures for each step.
- Safety Huddles/Task Hazard Analysis – Project foremen are encouraged to conduct a safety huddle each day with work crews to review the job tasks, hazards associated with the task and the safety procedures, safe practices and PPE.
- Tool box Safety Meetings – Weekly crew safety meetings involve a task safety planning aspect that guides supervisors to assess and review the work tasks, potential hazards and risks and safe approaches, procedures and PPE for the upcoming work tasks and a company specific safety topic. These are now being sent out, used, and tracked digitally.
- Safety Inspections – Job sites are inspected weekly by the superintendent or foreman with periodic safety inspections by company safety reps.
- Stretch & Flex – Recently rolled out program to encourage employees to stretch in preparation for work tasks to help address our strain incidents and tagged it to and overall Manual Material Handling 4-Step process.
- Incident Reporting and Investigation – All incidents including near misses are required to be investigated for causes, root cause and corrective action initially by the direct supervisor. Report are directed to Project Management and Project Executives. Depending on the level of severity (OSHA Rec/LTA) the safety department will do a follow up in depth investigation.
- Medcor – Recently signed up to use a telephonic triage process to allow for immediate medical care for injured employees at the time of injury. Employees call and speak to a RN describing their injury and how it happened in turn the RN can assess the necessary medical care needed and either instruct “self care” and return to work or guide employee to a designated medical provider..
- Safety Recognition Program – We have a Safety Recognition Program in lieu of a safety award program. Any employee, supervisor or manager can recognize an employee or work crew on an accomplishment in face of a difficult or hazards task, exemplary safety behavior or suggestion that contributes to risk reduction and furthers our safety culture.
- Disciplinary Policy – We have a policy of safety enforcement that is hopefully nurturing for safety improvement but punitively progressive and follows a three step system.
- Safety Staff – Postler & Jaeckle employs a safety staff of experienced personnel who work under the direction of our Corporate Safety Director Ken Peck. Ken has 40 years experience in construction safety and has been P&J’s Safety Director for 28 years. Ken has two Safety Managers Nick Hakes & Todd Harmon assisting him.
Incident rates are an important indicator of how we preformed on a yearly basis. It allows us to track improvement and compared our performance from year to year and to the national averages. The following charts show our rates for the past six years. We have been able to achieve incident rates that meet or beat industry on average for the mechanical industry.