Establishing A Comprehensive Safety/Damage Prevention Culture

Damage Prevention And Safety
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2014, Vol. 69 No. 1
Jim O’Neil, president and CEO of Quanta Services, addresses the attendees of Quanta’s annual Risk and Safety Conference.

From the top through every level of Quanta Services and its operating companies, the organization is committed to the health and safety of its employees, customers, contractors, and communities. Providing and maintaining a safe work environment is a top priority. Today, Quanta has more than 250 safety officers in the field.

To be effective, a safety program requires continuing training, education and compliance.

“Hands-on training involves executives and key management people who deliver messages downward with formal training sessions for groups and often one to one,” he said. “We provide all employees what they need to be proactive, but also how to be reactive when an incident does happen. A software program tracks all educational programs and monitors efficiency.”

Although most often referenced as “safety” processes, the program also incorporates damage prevention.

“Damage prevention is a very important part of what we do,” Yancey said. “I believe we do a very good job of hazard analysis. We want to make sure crews on every job have an understanding of underground and overhead issues to ensure that no incident occurs. Incident prevention is a key part of our program and what drives it, and we want all our employees to take ownership of the program and safety for each other.”

Records
Another essential part of Quanta’s safety program is keeping a record of every incident involving damage or injury. In each case, investigations seek the root causes of incidents. Reports go to top management and safety personnel who disseminate it down the chain of employees. Incident information – positive and negative – is shared during daily safety meetings, conference calls or during safety stand-down meetings.

“All aspects of our safety processes are monitored constantly to keep our employees aware of challenges and changes needed to keep us proactive,” Yancey said.

In an outline format, primary goals of Quanta’s safety and damage prevention processes are to make all employees:

• Commit to taking ownership of safety;
• Maintain a focus of zero accidents in all work activity;
• Make safety a 24/7 activity at work and at home;
• Reinforce the companywide, principle-based safety code of conduct;
• Comply with all federal, state, and local regulatory requirements; and
• Demonstrate a caring attitude for the safety of all fellow employees.

Effective safety and damage prevention programs are not static, but must be dynamic, changing to meet changing technologies and industry advances.

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