Every NewRoads Environmental project begins with safety and we are proud to have an EMR below the industry standard. NRE sets the standard for project safety, creating safe working conditions to prevent on-site accidents and ensure compliance with OSHA and the general contractor safety regulations.
Our commitment to safety is clear from our growing staff of full-time safety managers, commitment to staff training and proactive and continual improvement of practices, processes and resources.
Lead by Patrick Saltmarsh, CSP, LEED AP, the four-person safety department personnel average more than 15 years of construction safety experience.
We have recently provided over 600 hours of additional safety training to our field foremen and supervisors in Excavation-Competent Person, Qualified Rigger/Signalperson, HAZWOPER, Work Zone (MUTCD), First Aid/CPR, the new HAZCOMM, Aerial Lifts and Scissor Lifts. The safety staff is also working to continue to certify all foremen and superintendents in the OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety Training Course.
The company’s injury rates have been exemplary over the past 2 years. Specifically, our Total Recordable Cases (TRC) for 2012 and 2013 were 1.6 and 2.7, respectively, which well below the industry average of 3.6. Our Days Away Restricted and Transfer (DART) Rate for 2012 and 2013 were 0.4 and 0.8 which also were also well below the 2012 industry average of 2.0.
The safety team has also begun using the latest in field software Predictive Solutions. This software enhances efficiencies in project safety audits, improves real time safety communication and creates a staff training tool based on case histories and safety performance.
Some project specific safety tools that our field staff put into effect include:
Pre-Task Plan or Job Safety Analysis
Prior to beginning a daily task a PTP is completed by the crew supervisor. Potential hazards are reviewed and proper PPE is inspected. The PTP may change if work area conditions change or unforeseen elements are found in the work area. In either case, work will be stopped and a revised PTP implemented.
This is a peer review of work underway. The PTP is reviewed and the reviewer documents how work is being performed against the PTP specifications. An audit form is completed that includes site observations and any suggestions for improvement, such as alternative methods or tools, that keep employees further from potential injury.
Safe Performance Self-Assessment
SPSAs are implemented on all projects for workers to use as a continuous evaluation of their work habits. The SPSA enables employees to take responsibility for their own health and safety at the work place. Because the SPSA works at an individual level, the steps involved are simple:
1. Think about the assigned task. Identify what it takes to complete the task and potential risks.
2. Identify the safe way to circumvent risks. If needed, go through the recommended guidelines and precautions. Talk to your supervisor if something seems wrong.
3. Minimize risk by practicing safe procedures and encouraging fellow workers to do the same.
Team averages 15 years of construction safety experience
Daily safety audits to assure continued safe practices in hazardous environments
All foremen have completed OSHA 30-hour certification
All supervisors have completed eight-hour First Aid & CPR training