The Rummel Construction, Inc. Safety Program is successful because of its integration with our construction processes, continuous improvement methodology, and employee involvement. “Safe Production” is a rule that we live by as we believe that safety and production are not two separate processes but two essential elements of the same process where production is completed safely, on time, and on budget. This process starts with the decision on what work to bid through the final closeout. We utilize a combination of systems and behavioral approaches to ensure optimal results of safety outcomes.
The training and communication portions of our safety program start with orientation and are continuous throughout the employment experience as a team member at Rummel Construction, Inc. When an individual is contingently hired pending the outcome of drug testing and background screening, they complete an office orientation that includes a review of the company’s general and safety rules, any government mandated training, and our company developed training on the specific hazards and safe work practices for their position. The next phase of the orientation takes place on the worksite and includes the application of the company’s safety rules on the site, an overview of jobsite specific hazards and safe work practices, and job specific training on safe work practices. Every team member, whether transferring from another site or new to the company, is assessed by on-site supervision to ensure that they receive the most appropriate training for their level. Entry-level candidates are partnered with a mentor and trainer to further develop safe production skills.
Following the orientation, training continues for all team members through a variety of methods. Our project supervision is the key training and communications channel to all team members. We first ensure all supervision is competent by providing our self-mandated OSHA-10 and annual updates, weekly incident updates, annual safety action planning and quarterly updates, and any project specific training needed. The weekly operations meeting, conducted by the company’s owners, for supervision covers safety incidents and allows us to brainstorm best practices to avoid future incidents by anticipating and planning to avoid hazards and to provide recognition of those that went “above and beyond” in safe work practices through our Safety Award Program.
Our supervision ensures that the rest of our team members receive safety related training and communication. Daily tailgate and weekly safety meetings are held to cover key messages, recent incidents, if any, lessons learned, reminders on company-wide safe work practices, jobsite specific safe work practices, safety awards, and also provides an opportunity for team members’ questions and feedback on any safety topics. Team members also receive training on jobsite or position specific safety topics such as MSHA, Flagger Training, OSHA-10 (required of all supervision), and training on specific job tasks.
There are always challenges to safety in a number of forms most notably the urgent job. Our project supervision works with clients to ensure urgent requests for work allow time for proper planning of safety precautions such as Blue Stake/Safe Dig.
Evaluation and consequences are utilized to support supervision through a number of programs. Our Safety Department conducts safety inspections at all of our project sites. The inspections provide feedback and follow-up items, when applicable, that are agreed upon and completed. In addition, our Safety Awards Program provides a monetary bonus for team members that go “above and beyond” in recognizing and reporting hazards, training other team members on safety, responding to incidents, or otherwise exemplifying behaviors needed for an outstanding safety program. We review every incident to ensure that corrective action is utilized to help team members comply with safe work practices.
Many companies have all of these types of policies, programs, and systems in place. It is the integration of all of the elements of the program as well as other systems to hire and reward supervision and team members that bring it all together. Our Safety Program has consistently maintained favorable ratings while helping to minimize costly project disruptions.