We at Lee Electrical Service, Inc. consider safety as the primary component to a profitable business.
It is no secret as injuries occur, so does a decline in a company’s
reputation and profit margin. A safe workforce means a happy and productive
workforce. We expend great energy and resources to the maintenance of safe
worksites and the results have been very satisfying as our Experience Modifier
Rate has remained substantially below 1.0.
Management Accountability and Commitment
All supervisory personnel are held accountable for the safety performance of the workforce under their direct control. Performance data is tabulated and transmitted to these individuals on a monthly basis. Safety performance is allocated the same priority as financial profit and loss, as they are inextricably related.
Written Safety and Health Programs
Any evaluation of our Safety Program must begin with our Safety Manual titled, Project Safety, Hazard Communication and Substance Abuse Manual, Developed in 1990, it has been substantially revised in 1994, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2007 and is in continual revision, as regulations and practices change.
Orientation of New Employees
One of the most critical of challenges for all contractors is the incorporation of new-hires into the safety and health philosophy of the company. At Lee Electrical Service, we continually emphasize the inherent responsibility to work safely. By targeting human values, we strive to raise the awareness level necessary for our employees to develop and maintain the proper mindset for safe work habits. Through such mediums as new-hire orientations, periodic training sessions, in-house gang box meeting and weekly and monthly safety talks, we constantly emphasize safe behavior and personal accountability.
Site Safety Meetings
Safety meetings are held on each jobsite every Monday morning at 7:00 AM. Conducted by the site superintendent or designee, all subjects are derived from a booklet specifically assembled in-house for this purpose. Any site specific safety requirements are emphasized at this time. In addition, we hold quarterly Safety Training Meetings at our Home and Branch Offices for all employees in the immediate area and specific on-site training as required.
Disciplinary Action for Unsafe Work Practices
No Safety Management Program can be effective without disciplinary action for unsafe work practices. We have attempted to mirror OSHA in this regard by categorizing minor and life-threatening safety infractions, and tailoring the punishment to the violation.
Minor infractions (such as no or improper PPE, etc) are punishable by the following:
First Offense – Written warning
Safe Work Permit Systems for Hazardous Area/Work and Confined Spaces
Miller Electric recognizes that one of the primary tools of both proof of
compliance and instilling a sense of awareness regarding an impending task, is
the use of permits and checklists. For this reason, we have developed a
Permitting System for work on energized equipment. Too often people in our
industry readily accept the risks associated with working on energized
equipment. It may have been considered a regular part of our scope of work, but
not any longer. By the utilizing these forms, we have sought to raise the
awareness level of the substantial hazards involved, within the customer and
facilities manager, as well as our own workforce.
Incident Reporting/ Accident Investigation and Maintenance of Accident Statistics
Incident reporting and accident investigation are functions critical to those of supervisor accountability. By targeting the source of the accident or near-miss (source is defined as an attitude, individual, process or event) remedial efforts at reducing the prospect of a repeat is greatly enhanced. In addition, by requiring the signature of all levels of supervision (up to and including project management), supervisory personnel are acutely aware of their accountability to the maintenance of a safe work site.
Program for Monitoring Subcontractor Safety Program
As we are a subcontractor, our use of other subcontractors is very limited. However, in those rare occasions where we utilize other subcontractors, we contractually require these contractors to follow the same rules, regulations and policies dictated by our Safety Program.
Last but certainly not least we have the core values which form the foundation on which we should perform our work and conduct ourselves. Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. Core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work and the practices we use every day in everything we do. These values, unlike priorities, remain constant and are never changing because at the end of the day, everyone goes home.