Company Policy Statement

As management, we accept our responsibility for safety. It is the policy of this company to provide a healthy and safe place to work for all employees. The personal safety and health of ALL EMPLOYEES is of primary importance to us. Since we believe all injuries can be prevented, our goal will be zero accidents and illnesses. In order to accomplish this goal, we plan to follow the company rules and procedures that have been developed as well as all applicable state, federal and local codes and regulations. We REQUIRE our employees to do the same. We need your cooperation to accomplish this as well. The written rules contained in our Safety Program are the minimum requirements. They cannot cover every conceivable hazard, however we believe there is a safe way to do every job. We REQUIRE you to read, know and follow this Safety Program. YOUR SIGNATURE SHOWING COMPLIANCE WITH THE SAFETY PROGRAM IS REQUIRED. No job is so important and no order is so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform safely. We expect each employee to cooperate in making this program a success.

Employee’s Safety Responsibility

  1. Obey all safety rules, procedures and instructions.
  2. Maintain and know how to use all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  3. Do not come to work under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A LEGAL PRESCRIPTION THAT MAY IMPAIR YOUR ABILITY TO WORK SAFELY.
  4. Attend and participate in all company safety meetings.
  5. Know where to get first aid.
  6. Know how to use the fire extinguisher.
  7. If you become aware of a safety issue, notify your supervisor IMMEDIATELY.

Supervisor’s Responsibility

  1. Plan every job with safety in mind to make sure the job site is in compliance with this safety policy and state/federal regulations. PERFORM A JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS.
  2. Require and enforce the PROPER use of personal protective and other safety equipment As REQUIRED.
  3. Immediately correct unsafe actions or conditions.
  4. Conduct Safety Task Assignments (STA) every morning and have all attendees sign before commencement.
  5. Conduct weekly tool box safety meetings and have all attendees sign. MAKE TOPICS JOB SITE SPECIFIC.
  6. Enforce this safety policy and discipline anyone who willfully violates his or her responsibilities or these safety rules. Disciplinary actions will be as per the Employee Handbook section 308.
  7. Complete a Supervisor’s Accident Investigation Report on all accidents or near missed no matter how minor. Be sure to take corrective action to eliminate the hazard(s).
  8. Make sure only qualified employees operate all/any equipment.
  9. Make sure all subcontractors accept and comply with the company safety policy. Warning should be documented in writing.
  10. PRIOR TO STARTING WORK, properly orient new employees on safety.
  11. SUPERVISORS MUST set a good example to the other employees by complying with ALL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES.
  12. Provide for proper protection of the general public from job site hazards.
  13. Have a good attitude about safety.

Accident/First Aid Procedures

In spite of our best efforts, accidents and injuries may occur. The following guidelines will help clarify what to do in the event of an accident.

  1. Know the location of the nearest phone to call for assistance. Emergency medical number should be posted at the site.
  2. Make sure the person sent to call for help reports back and confirms help is on the way.
  3. Administer first aid immediately in a life-threatening situation (stop bleeding) and take action to prevent further injury, IF TRAINED TO DO SO.
  4. Notify persons trained in CPR/First Aid to help immediately.
  5. Do not move anyone who appears to have any bone or back injury unless there is imminent danger to life.
  6. A supervisor or manager MUST be notified immediately.
  7. First aid should be given by supervisor, manager or person trained in First Aid.
  8. A supervisor MUST fill out an Accident Investigation Report as soon as possible after the accident.
  9. The injured party must make the decision on when outside medical treatment is necessary.
  10. Get First Aid for all minor injuries because small injuries can develop into serious infections.

Construction Safety Rules

  1. General

    Accidents and injuries no matter how minor must be reported immediately and investigated by the supervisor.

    1. Practice good housekeeping. Job sites must be kept clean of debris. Work areas, walkways and platforms must be kept orderly at all times.
    2. First Aid kits must be available and updated at all times on the job site.
    3. List of emergency phones numbers must be posted in office or near each phone on job sites.
    4. Horseplay is prohibited.
    5. Reckless use of equipment is prohibited.
    6. Nails must be removed from lumber or pounded down as soon as lumber is disassembled.
    7. Report any hazardous condition or unsafe practice to the supervisor immediately.
    8. Long pants, minimum short sleeve shirt and steel toe boots is the required dress code on site at all times.
  2. Personal Protective Equipment
    1. Hard hats must be worn properly at all times on the job site.
    2. Eye protection must be worn at all times appropriate for the task being performed.
    3. Hearing protection is required when high (>85 DCBS) noise levels exist OR whenever designated by supervisor.
    4. Heavy duty work shoes in good condition with ankle supports and safety toes are required at all times.
    5. Proper gloves designated by supervisor must be worn at all times.
    6. NIOSH approved respirators are required when conditions warrant.
    7. Orange or green work vests, shirts or jackets must be worn at all times.
  3. Lifting and Material Handling
    1. Look for ways to eliminate or minimize the need to lift and carry items manually.
    2. Use mechanical lifting devices whenever possible for large or heavy items.
    3. When necessary get help to move large, awkward or heavy items.
    4. Use proper technique when lifting any item:
      1. Keep feet close to object being lifted.
      2. Bend your knees.
      3. Lift with your legs.
      4. Keep object close.
      5. Do not twist while lifting.
  4. Equipment, Hand and Power Tools
    1. Tools and Equipment must be maintained in good working order. Worn or damaged tools must be removed from the site and repaired or replaced.
    2. Equipment and power tools guards are required to be maintained. Unguarded tools should be removed from the site and repaired or replaced.
    3. Tools should be used for their intended purpose. Do not improvise.
    4. Operators of power equipment are required to receive proper instruction by the supervisor or competent person before using the equipment.
    5. Fuel powered equipment or portable heating equipment must be used only where there is proper ventilation. Engines and burners must be shut off and smoking prohibited before refueling.
  5. Electrical
    1. 15 and 20 amp receptacles on a single phase and 120 volt circuits for construction sites are required to be protected by GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).
    2. All extension cords must be 3 prong and free from any damages or cuts.
    3. All electrical tools must be double insulated or have a 3 prong plug.
    4. All outlets, tools and cords must be inspected every three months for continuity.
    5. All equipment, scaffold and ladders must be at least 10 feet away from power lines at all times.
    6. Electrical cords cannot be repaired with electrical tape.
  6. Working Above Ground
    1. All ladders must be in good condition and inspected prior to each use. Defective ladders should be tagged out and removed for repair or replacement.
    2. Ladders much reach at least three feet above landing and tied off at landing.
    3. Job made ladders must be constructed at OSHA specifications.
    4. Face the ladder and use 3 point contact when climbing. A hand line or material hoist must be used to lift loads.
    5. All scaffolds must be constructed according to standards as instructed by manufacture or supervisor.
    6. Only trained, qualified and designated personnel are permitted to erect scaffolding.
    7. Follow all aspects of fall protections designated by supervisor.
  7. Trenching and Excavation
    1. Before digging, utilities must be located and marked.
    2. Walls and faces of all excavations and trenches must be inspected by competent person in authority before allowed entrance.
    3. Inspect trenches at the beginning of each shift, following rain storm and after any other hazardous event.
    4. Trenches more than five feet deep must be protected against cave-in by an approved protective shoring or shielding system or properly sloped sides.
    5. Materials, heavy equipment or spoils must be kept at least two feet away from edge of excavation.
    6. Wear hard hat at all times.
    7. Never work under suspended loads.
    8. Ladders must be provided within twenty feet of an employee work area if trench or excavation is over four feet deep.
    9. Provide barriers to mark and protect all open excavations.
  8. Heavy Equipment
    1. Only authorized employees are permitted to operate heavy equipment.
    2. All heavy equipment must be inspected daily before each shift and use. Any defect should be reported to supervisor and repaired or have the machine taken out of service.
    3. No employee is permitted to ride in or on any moving equipment unless seating is provided by the manufacturer.
    4. Movable buckets or dumb boxes must be properly blocked before maintenance or inspection while bucket or box is in the upward position. Movable buckets must be lowered to the ground and the parking brake set before leaving machine.
    5. All equipment must have a functioning back up alarm.
    6. The 3 point contact must be used whenever getting on or off equipment.
    7. Equipment must be shut off and smoking prohibited when refueling.
    8. No employee may work under lifted loads. Tag lines must be used to control suspended loads.
    9. Seat belts must be worn at all times while operating equipment if applicable.
    10. Equipment operating on streets or roads must be equipped with a S.M.V. sign unless properly equipped for road travel.