Restoring Utilities After Disasters

Contractors Face Unique Challenges In This Critical Work
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | September 2013, Vol. 68 No. 9

“The principles that energize our safety culture and performance expectations maximize the way we observe behavior and communicate, investigate and develop work practices,” said Mattiford. “From the Executive Safety Council and Regional Safety Steering Teams to Process Improvement Teams and individuals, Henkels & McCoy’s employees, safety represents a ‘value’ that is interwoven into our culture and daily practices.”

He added that the company relies on indicators such as Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) and Days Away, Restricted Duty and Transfers (DART) to perform trend analysis and program validation of safety performance. Additionally, there is a focus on the identification and management of root causes of incidents whether present in the environment, mindsets or traditional practices.

Mattiford said implementation of its safety program has produced dramatic results.

H&M's OSHA recordable rate improved by over 40 percent from 2008-2012, while it’s DART Incident rate improved by more than 60 percent. Henkels & McCoy received the E.I. DuPont Safety Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding achievements during the past three years. At the presentation, DuPont representatives emphasized, that to their knowledge, no one outside of DuPont had every received this award, said Mattiford.

Based in Blue Bell, PA, Henkels & McCoy is a diversified engineering and utility infrastructure contracting company that designs, builds and maintains infrastructure for the energy, communications and water markets. Services include project management, engineering, construction, installation, maintenance and training services to utility, commercial, industrial and government customers.

Henkels & McCoy, 1-888-HENKELS,

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