National Safety Month – Zero Harm

June 30, 2017


As National Safety month comes to an end, safety remains a constant priority. In our business, safety is our number one concern. In 2016, the Oldcastle Materials West division worked approximately 6.6 million hours during the months of May through November. Zero Harm is our goal every day of the year. We are continuously making efforts to ensure that both our employees and the community are kept safe.

One area that can be challenging is ensuring that new employees work both competently and safely. In 2013, 45% of Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA incidents involved new employees whom had worked one year or less with their current companies.

In order to overcome this statistic and achieve Zero Harm, we have developed scheduled 30, 60, and 90 day training sessions for new employees. The goal is to give each employee time to receive extended mentoring, coaching and feedback to help them integrate into our culture. We are a family of families, and it is our priority to help our new family members embrace our tradition of making safety our family business.

Another safety concern that we face daily is unfortunately one that we have little control over- work zone intrusions. The frequency that a work zone intrusion could occur is incredibly high with the number of employees who are working on projects combined with the number of vehicles that pass by those crews every day that could potentially intrude the work zone.

We do everything in our power to help avoid work zone intrusions. Some examples include: wearing high reflectivity personal protective clothing, strategically parking equipment to provide protection to our employees, use of positive protection traffic controls, use of impact attenuators to stop vehicles that may intrude a work zone, and more practices as they apply to each particular project.  In addition we attend many industry specific committee meetings to coordinate with peers and DOTs to identify and share improving practices to reduce our exposure to hazard of work zone intrusions.

Each member of the community can take part to help avoid work zone intrusions. When you see road workers, drive like they’re your family- because they’re someone’s. Together we can achieve #ZeroHarm #KeepEachOtherSafe