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The Importance of Health and Safety at Our Company

Our company culture is based on safety, quality, cost-effectiveness, time management, and customer satisfaction. We understand that our employees are our greatest assets, and protecting them is important. That is why workplace safety and health are our core values here at Postler & Jaeckle Corp.

We have a safety program that is a comprehensive evaluation of the dangers of some of our activities and how to avoid accidents that may occur. Our company conducts safety meetings to discuss incident trends, comparative safety performance, and new policies and procedures. The meetings also include training on new safety topics or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

Our Accident Prevention and Safety Policies

--Safety Training

  • All employees have undergone OSHA 10-hour training courses.
  • All project managers, superintendents, and foremen have undergone OSHA 30-hour training courses.
  • Additional training should include OSHA-hazard specific topics regarding Confined Space, Excavations, Lock-out and 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 new employees attend safety orientation, where company safety policies and safety rules are discussed.
  • Mechanical-specific safety training videos will also be shown.

--Site Specific Safety Plans

  • A comprehensive safety plan for small and large projects is needed to assess the hazards and safety challenges.
  • Large and small projects are reviewed by the safety department in conjunction with the project manager and superintendent.

--Safety Committee

  • We have two safety committees one for construction and one for service, that meet regularly to review incidents, safety policies, and training needs.
  • These committees will also discuss problem areas, safety issues, safety recognitions, and safety equipment as well as offer suggestions for further improvement.

--Job Hazard Analysis

  • High-hazard tasks are reviewed to develop a detailed analysis
  • This evaluation will highlight the dangers of some specific work and where we need to make safety procedures.

--Safety Huddles and Task Hazard Analysis

  • Project foremen are encouraged to conduct a team huddle each day with work crews to discuss safety.
  • During the meeting, they shall review hazards associated with a job task and be reminded of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and following the safety procedures.

--Toolbox Safety Meetings

  • Weekly crew safety meetings involve safety planning that guides supervisors to assess and review a task and its potential dangers, possible safety approaches, procedures, and PPE for the upcoming work and a company-specific safety topic.
  • These plans are sent out weekly, used, and tracked digitally.

--Safety Inspections

  • Job sites are inspected weekly by the superintendent or foreman. Project Managers audits of inspections and safety talks to ensure adherence with best safety practices.
  • Periodic safety inspections are also done by company safety representatives.

--Stretch and Flex Program

  • A recently implemented program that encourages employees to stretch in preparation before work and during the work day.
  • This is to address one the industries major injuries related to strains.
  • The exercise helps improve our overall Manual Material Handling 4-Step process.

--Incident Reporting and Investigation

  • Initially done by the direct supervisor, all incidents, including near misses, are required to be investigated for root causes and corrective actions.
  • Reports are directed to the project management, project executives and safety committee for either construction or service.
  • Depending on the level of severity, the safety department will do an in-depth investigation.

--Medcor

  • Our company utilizes a company called, Medcor to have access to immediate medical care for injured employees at the time of injury.
  • Employees can call Medcor and speak to a registered nurse (RN) to describe their injury and how it happened.
  • The RN can assess the necessary medical care needed and either instruct self-care and return to work or guide an employee to a designated medical provider.

--Safety Recognition Program

  • We incorporate a safety recognition program instead of a safety award program.
  • Any employee can recognize a fellow worker who showed exemplary safety behavior or gave a suggestion that contributes to risk reduction and furthers our safety culture.

--Disciplinary Policy

  • Our company has a policy of safety enforcement.
  • This helps increase our safety improvements.

--Safety Staff

  • We employ experienced personnel as safety staff members to work under the direction of our Corporate Safety Director, Ken Peck. He has two Safety Managers assisting him, Nick Hakes and Todd Harmon.
  • Ken has more than 40 years of experience in construction safety and has been our Safety Director for 28 years.
  • He has two Safety Managers assisting him, Nick Hakes and Todd Harmon.

Our Safety Operation Scorecard

Annual incident rates are a significant indicator of how safe our workers are in any company operation. It allows us to track our improvements in providing a safe workplace for our employees. The following charts show our incident rates for the past six years.

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