Pillars of Our Safety Program
Unrivaled Management Support
Leaders play a crucial role in developing and maintaining a strong safety culture. Management makes significant investments in equipment, tools, personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to inspire and empower employees to take responsibility for their own actions and those of their co-workers. Effective safety leadership also ensures that safety rules are consistently and fairly enforced; work conditions don’t compromise employees’ safety; adequate time is spent on the front-lines interacting with employees; employees are actively involved in managing safety efforts; and ensuring that all safety programs are in place and effective.
High Degree of Employee Involvement
Overall safety success depends on participation from everyone in the company. Employees are involved at many levels, from performing inspections, participating in safety observation programs, attending safety conferences, conducting training, engaging in speaking opportunities, serving on company safety committees and participating in industry organizations that focus on workplace safety. Our “stop work” authority is routinely communicated and encouraged among employees.
Having the power to directly influence positive change and behavior is great motivation for supporting and upholding safety policies, practices and procedures; and is a main cultural characteristic.
Examples of Innovative Company Programs
Worksite Analysis – Supervisors begin the day by conducting a daily job briefing with all employees and subcontractors, and two-way dialogue is encouraged among supervisory staff and employees to ensure understanding of work tasks, potential hazards and mitigation plans.
iAuditor Mobile Checklist – Several MYR Group subsidiaries use iAuditor, a safety-focused app, to perform various inspections in the field. This powerful platform allows our teams to inspect tools & equipment, examine protocols procedures, document hazards, and monitor mitigation plans. The iAuditor app is also a helpful platform for documenting feedback, recognizing team members, and viewing trends through the applications robust reporting capabilities. This simple-to-use, centralized system increases efficiency for clients, project managers, and safety professionals.
Corporate programs, hazard prevention and control:
:60 Seconds for Safety is MYR Group’s weekly newsletter distributed to all employees that highlights a timely safety topic, our weekly overall safety performance, and individual and group recognition for outstanding safety performance.
Safety Observation Report (SOR) Program- Our unique SOR Program engages employees in hazard awareness and hazard correction. The program rewards employees for observing and correcting unsafe acts and job site conditions. Management selects reports monthly that exemplify the highest levels of safety awareness and mitigation and recognizes participants with a personal note of thanks for taking the initiative. Several safety improvements have been made as a result of findings from the safety observations conducted by program participants.
Large Project Safety Incentive Program- This program was developed to recognize and reward exemplary group and individual safety performance and involvement of field personnel on large projects. The program is managed by each project’s safety committee which is formed at the beginning of each project and consists of field personnel and management representatives. The committee’s primary purpose is to manage this program and oversee, monitor and set guidelines for overall project safety functions.